Mosport: Tony Ave preview

Ave is prepared for a return to Mosport. INDIANAPOLIS, IND. ­ All eyes will be on the ...

Ave is prepared for a return to Mosport.

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. ­ All eyes will be on the #53 LAC Motorsports Panoz Esperante as Tony Ave brings the car to Mosport for the second round of the 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BF Goodrich Tires Cup season.

Ave and the Kerry Alexander owned LAC Motorsports team are looking forward to a positive weekend with a faster car and a reunion with former Esperante driver, Gary Longo, who was critically injured in an accident here last year.

But all the attention won't distract Ave. "It was an unfortunate accident, but luckily Gary is going to be okay. I don't think it will affect me, and the guys on the team will be focused on this year." Gremlins found their way into the Esperante's fuel injection system at Long Beach, resulting in a disappointing 12th place finish for a car that was quicker than time sheets indicated. The gremlins have been evicted, and the car last week, Ave says.

"I'm looking forward to getting a chance to race at Mosport again. It's a great high speed track, and I know there have been some changes since I last raced there." he continues. Ave raced in the 1995 Trans-Am race at Mosport, and ran in the top five before falling out with mechanical problems. Mixing it up at Mosport with greats like Tom Kendall, Ron Fellows, Boris Said and Dorsey Schroeder, who went on to win the race seven years ago, has left him anxious for another opportunity to test his skills on the legendary road course.

Sunday's race headlines the Victoria Day Trans-Am weekend again this year, in the second round of 12 races in the 37th consecutive year of the most consistent and competitive series in North American Road Racing. Ave takes on defending series champion Gentilozzi, along with 2001 Rookie of the Year Justin Bell, former champion Brian Simo, Said, Johnny Miller, Rookie of the Year contender Butch Leitzinger and other notable drivers when the green flag waves at 1 pm Sunday, May 19, 2002. The racers will wind their way around the 2.459 mile 10-turn road course for 41 laps in an event that will be broadcast live on SPEED.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Boris Said , Brian Simo , Tony Ave , Justin Bell , Kerry Alexander , Johnny Miller , Dorsey Schroeder , Tom Kendall