Portland: Joey Scarallo Saturday practice notes

Scarallo Seventh Fastest in Final Practice at Portland PORTLAND, Ore. (June 19, 2004) -- Joey Scarallo, driver of the No. 06 ROH Wheels / Group A Autotrend / Toyo Tires Chevrolet Corvette, was seventh fastest today in the final practice at ...

Scarallo Seventh Fastest in Final Practice at Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 19, 2004) -- Joey Scarallo, driver of the No. 06 ROH Wheels / Group A Autotrend / Toyo Tires Chevrolet Corvette, was seventh fastest today in the final practice at Portland International Speedway for the Albertsons Trans-Am 100. Scarallo, who qualified in sixth in yesterday's qualifying, will start fifth in today's race, just ahead of his Baucom Motorsports' teammate, John Baucom. Scarallo was elevated one position due to Paul Gentilozzi, who qualified first, being disqualified in post-qualifying technical inspection.

"The team made changes to the car before this morning's final practice round, but they didn't turn out to be as beneficial as we had thought they would be," said Scarallo. "We plan to return to the car's earlier setup for this afternoon's race."

The changes made by Scarallo's new team, Baucom Motorsports, may not have been have worked out, but Scarallo's affiliation with his new team certainly has helped the sophomore driver.

"I have a top-five car and expect to finish well in today's race," said Scarallo..

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 Paul Gentilozzi , John Baucom