Portland: Joey Scarallo race notes

Joey Scarallo Finishes a Career-Best Fourth at Portland PORTLAND, Ore. (June 19, 2004) -- Joey Scarallo, driver of the No. 06 ROH Wheels / Group A Autotrend / Toyo Tires Chevrolet Corvette, finished fourth in today's Albertsons Trans-Am 100 at...

Joey Scarallo Finishes a Career-Best Fourth at Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 19, 2004) -- Joey Scarallo, driver of the No. 06 ROH Wheels / Group A Autotrend / Toyo Tires Chevrolet Corvette, finished fourth in today's Albertsons Trans-Am 100 at Portland International Speedway.

A career-best finish, Scarallo earned the VP Fuels Racing Hard Charger Award for improving the most positions. The VP Fuels Racing Hard Charger Award is new this year and is sponsored by VP Fuels, the official fuel supplier of the Motorock Trans-Am Series. The winner is awarded a check for two hundred dollars worth of VP Fuel racing gasoline.

Scarallo now sits seventh in points, just behind Tommy Kendall, with 37 points.

"My new Hewland gearbox shifted smoothly and fit with my driving style," commented Scarallo. "The track was really greasy and a I had to pace myself to avoid killing my tires," said Scarallo. "The car ran good, the whole key was maintaining your tires.

"It is tough to tell if the hood louvers were helpful," added Scarallo of the newly approved Corvette hood louvers. "

Prior to today, Scarallo's best Trans-Am Series finish was at Mosport International Raceway in 2003, where he finished seventh..

Since teaming with Baucom Motorsports, which fields the No. 86 Ford Mustang driven by John Baucom, Scarallo has had the opportunity to focus on driving the car.

"Baucom Motorsports is doing a great job maintaining my car both pre- and post-race," said Scarallo. "The move to Baucom Motorsports was definitely a good one and I am glad we did it."

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. He will compete next in the Infineon Trans-Am 100 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. June 25-27.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers John Baucom , Tommy Kendall