Revolution Motorsports enjoys brilliant weekend at Lime Rock. The ...
Revolution Motorsports enjoys brilliant weekend at Lime Rock.
The #02 Trenton Forging Corvette just 5 laps short of victory.
Lakeville, Conn. - May 27, 2002 - Revolution Motorsports leaves Lime Rock Park with its own set of victories. While the #02 Trenton Forging Corvette, driven by Stu Hayner may have fallen short of the checkers, the team comes away bursting with pride.
"What an amazing weekend," said team owner, Don Sak. "I am so proud of everyone involved in this effort. Sure, we came up short.... but not because we didn't work hard and not because of a lack of talent or desire. We'll take the victories we earned as a team and we'll grow. I've said all along, we're here for the long term. Putting Stu on the pole was a great boost to everyone's confidence."
"Sure, we're disappointed we didn't win," he continued. "We had the car, we had the driver, and we had the lead. Something in the motor let go with a handful of laps remaining. It's just one of those racing deals. I refuse to let the team feel any less than winners. They were terrific!"
After a little bit of a rocky start, Stu Hayner settled in around fifth position and drove the #02 car at a strategic pace.
"We knew what we wanted to do," said Stu. "But, sometimes you have to see how the race unfolds before you can actually implement your plan. This was just an amazing day. Everything was going according to plan. The team put a really good race car under me."
A yellow flag came out just past the half way mark with Paul Gentilozzi [#3 Johnson Controls Jaguar] in the lead and Hayner in second. With the pits closed, the two came onto the front straight. Suddenly the pits opened and Gentilozzi dove into pit lane. Hayner stayed out.
On the restart, with the lead in hand, Stu pulled off a brilliant move. The #02 Trenton Forging Corvette shot down the front straight past the flag stand. By turn one Hayner had opened up a full football field on the pack. Hayner and the Revolution Motorsports car had simply "checked out!"
"I knew what I wanted to do with the restart," said Stu. "I held the car back a bit... and left just enough room to sling shot the pace car as it dove into the pits. I didn't realize how well it had worked until I was at the end of the straight with no one in my mirrors. Plus the car felt really strong. My lap times were consistent and it just felt good. I think it is what sports reporters call the zone," he laughed.
Then, with less than 5 laps remaining, the engine let go.
"Sure, it's disappointing," added Hayner. "I really wanted this for the guys on the team, Don Sak and Trenton Forging. We were so close. However, as Don said, we had our own victories this weekend. We'll take them and enjoy them and we'll move on to Mid-Ohio knowing we are a better team than we were last week."
Next, the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup moves to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio for the Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. The race is Saturday, June 29 and will air at 4pm on CBS Sports, [same day tape delay].
In association with Trenton Forging, Revolution Motorsports will campaign two 2002 Chevrolet Corvettes as part of the Trans-Am Series for the BF Goodrich Cup. All events are nationally televised on CBS and Speed channel (formerly Speedvision). The Trans-Am Series is the oldest form of American sports car racing. You can find out more at www.trans-amseries.com.
For complete driver biographies and information on Revolution Motorsports, please visit www.GoRevolution.com and www.bobbysak.com.