Bad luck spoils the day for Revolution Motorsports Hayner finishes 11th while Sak suffers DNF Sonoma, Calif. -- June 22, 2003 -- Points championship opportunities escaped both Revolution Motorsports drivers today as they competed in the fifth...
Bad luck spoils the day for Revolution Motorsports
Hayner finishes 11th while Sak suffers DNF
Sonoma, Calif. -- June 22, 2003 -- Points championship opportunities escaped both Revolution Motorsports drivers today as they competed in the fifth round of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup, here at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. Stu Hayner [#2 Trenton Forging / GMAC Commercial Finance Corvette] was struck by misfortune in the early laps as he suffered a tire failure and lost precious time in the pits. Several laps later Bobby Sak [#10 Revolution Motorsports Corvette] had his day shortened with a bad gearbox.
"We're not sure what happened with the tire yet," explained Hayner. "The crew has yet to find a leak--. And the tire still has eight pounds of air in it. We had made a lot of improvement throughout the weekend. I definitely had a top five car today."
"This track is tough enough on four tires--let alone three," Hayner continued. "I was just getting settled in when I started to feel something odd in the right rear. I actually tried to go a few laps because the initial feeling wasn't a typical tire failure. But, with no straightaway, the constant left/right stress and unresponsiveness quickly became a handful. We got back to the pits but had to go a lap down. That was pretty much our day right there."
Hayner finished 11th on the day and retains 5th place in the Championship Points.
Sak's fate was sealed seven laps into the race.
"My car was really starting to come in and I was settling into a good pace," Bobby remarked. "When I caught Stu, I figured, cool--. here we go. We're going to hook up and make a run. Then, I realized Stu was having a problem so I went by and started keeping a good pace with the second group back from the leaders. All of sudden a few laps later, I came out of turn 10 [after the pit entrance] and BANG-- the gearbox let go. I was able to coast down the long stretch in front of pit lane and pulled it off at the pit exit."
Not only was Sak's day shortened, the misfortune has put the Rookie Championship chase in serious jeopardy. Sak's last place finish places him 7th overall in the points standings and 23 points behind his Rookie title nemesis, Jorge Diaz.
Appearing on the NASCAR schedule this weekend, the Trans-Am 100 will air on SPEED Channel Friday, June 27. The Series now moves to Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport with the CHAMP cars for the Cleveland Grand Prix, July 4th weekend.