Portland: Joey Scarallo Friday practice notes

Scarallo Sixth Fastest in First-Round Practice at Portland PORTLAND, Ore. (June 18, 2004) -- Joey Scarallo, driver of the No. 06 ROH Wheels/Group A Autotrend/Toyo Tires Chevrolet Corvette, was sixth fastest in today's Albertsons Trans-Am 100 ...

Scarallo Sixth Fastest in First-Round Practice at Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 18, 2004) -- Joey Scarallo, driver of the No. 06 ROH Wheels/Group A Autotrend/Toyo Tires Chevrolet Corvette, was sixth fastest in today's Albertsons Trans-Am 100 first-round practice at Portland International Speedway. This is an impressive start in round two of the Motorock Trans-Am Series Championship. The track is new to Scarallo, who finished 13th in round one at Long Beach after suffering mechanical failures.

Scarallo, who earlier this season joined the Baucom Motorsports team, which fields the No. 86 Ford Mustang for John Baucom, thinks the 2004 season will be much better than last season. "Teaming with Baucom is a better situation for me since it has allowed me to focus on my driving rather than the maintenance of the car," said Scarallo. "John found things that were not reliable in my car and they have made them reliable."

His new relationship with Baucom proved beneficial in today's practice.

"I have been very excited about Portland since Long Beach," said Scarallo. "I didn't expect to be this quick in practice but we had a first-rate session and finished in the top-ten. My goal is qualify in the top-five at Trans-Am qualifying later today."

A long-time racer, Scarallo has been in the driver's seat since he was 11, racing karts in the Long Island Karting Association, where he won three championships in 1993. Scarallo also won championships in the International Karting Federation in 1996, and he recorded three top-ten finishes in the U.S. F2000 where he finished 14th in series points. He ran a limited schedule in 1997, scoring 11th- and 12th-place finishes in his three starts. Scarallo competed in the Toyota Atlantic Series in 2000.

The oldest of four siblings, Scarallo, 25, lives in Smithtown, N.Y. Scarallo manages Autotrend Tire and Wheel Company Inc., his family's wheel importing business in Lindenhurst, N.Y.

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Series Trans-Am
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