Trois-Rivieres: Joey Scarallo Friday notes

TROIS-RIVIÈRES, Quebec (July 30, 2004) -- Joey Scarallo, driver of the No. 06 ROH Wheels/Group A Autotrend/ Toyo Tires Chevrolet Corvette, was sixth and eighth fastest, respectively, in today's Le Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières twin Motorock ...

TROIS-RIVIÈRES, Quebec (July 30, 2004) -- Joey Scarallo, driver of the No. 06 ROH Wheels/Group A Autotrend/ Toyo Tires Chevrolet Corvette, was sixth and eighth fastest, respectively, in today's Le Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières twin Motorock Trans-Am Series practices. Scarallo, currently sixth in points, recorded a best time of 1:07.333 minutes around the 1.502-mile temporary street course.

"Our speeds did not indicate what we are capable of doing," said Scarallo. "We are good enough to really do well this weekend and I think we will be much happier with our results tomorrow."

Renowned crew chief Nick Short will be making adjustments to the car in preparation for tomorrow morning's qualifying round. Short, Tomy Drissi's former Crew Chief, joined the Baucom Motorsports team recently to become Scarallo's new head wrench.

"Nick has been doing an excellent job and he has been great to work with so far," said Scarallo. "Nick and I are both craving a podium and I think we have a very good chance of getting one here this weekend."

Scarallo teamed this year with Baucom Motorsports, which also fields the No. 86 Ford Mustang driven by owner/driver John Baucom. The Baucom crew is preparing Scarallo's car for the 2004 season. "Teaming with John has proven to be a good move," said Scarallo. "I am able to focus on my driving and not the stress of maintaining my car."

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 won championships in the International Karting Federation in 1996, and 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 also competed in the Toyota Atlantic Series in 2000.

Born in Adelaide, Australia, Scarallo, 25, lives in Smithtown, N.Y. He manages Autotrend Tire and Wheel Company Inc., his family's wheel importing business, and the only U.S. distributor of ROH Wheels in Lindenhurst, N.Y. Scarallo will participate in tomorrow's qualifying round at 10:40 a.m. EDT.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers John Baucom