Portland: Joey Scarallo preview

Joey Scarallo Ready for Portland PORTLAND, Ore. (June 16, 2004) -- Joey Scarallo is ready to get down to business during the Albertsons 100, round two of the Motorock Trans-Am Series Championship. Scarallo, driver of the No. 06 ROH Wheels/Group...

Joey Scarallo Ready for Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 16, 2004) -- Joey Scarallo is ready to get down to business during the Albertsons 100, round two of the Motorock Trans-Am Series Championship. Scarallo, driver of the No. 06 ROH Wheels/Group A Autotrend/Toyo Tires Chevrolet Corvette, enters Portland with new equipment and new resolve. The Albertsons Trans-Am 100 is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 at 3:45 p.m. (PDT).

The 1.969 mile, 12-turn permanent road course is new to Scarallo, but the sophomore Trans-Am driver is excited about his first trip to the Pacific Northwest.

"Every racer raves about Portland and I am looking forward to racing there," said Scarallo, who finished 13th at Long Beach after suffering mechanical failures. "I can't wait to get going and be back on the track. I have unfinished business from Long Beach and expect a top-five finish at Portland."

Scarallo experienced mechanical problems with his car's gearbox while at Long Beach. He enters Portland with a new Hewland Gearbox installed by his Baucom Motorsports team. Scarallo joined the Baucom team, which fields the No. 86 Ford Mustang for John Baucom, this year.

Scarallo said he will have another advantage with the Series-mandated addition of hood louvers to the Chevrolet Corvette.

"The hood louvers should provide downforce that will prevent the car from lifting," said Scarallo. "All the Corvettes will run a bit smoother with the louvers in place."

The Head And Neck Support Device (HANS) is mandatory for all Trans-Am competitors beginning with round two at Portland. Scarallo will use his for the first time.

"I will have to get used to it, but it shouldn't affect my ability to drive," said Scarallo. "The HANS Device is a proven commodity and should make things a little bit safer for all us drivers, I hope we don't have to test it this weekend."

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
Drivers John Baucom