Joey Scarallo Shooting for Podium at Trois-RiviÃ¨res TROIS-RIVIÃˆRES, Quebec (July 30, 2004) -- Joey Scarallo, driver of the ROH Wheels/Group A Autotrend/Toyo Tires Chevrolet Corvette in the Motorock Trans-Am Series, is ready for his return to...
Joey Scarallo Shooting for Podium at Trois-Rivières
TROIS-RIVIÈRES, Quebec (July 30, 2004) -- Joey Scarallo, driver of the ROH Wheels/Group A Autotrend/Toyo Tires Chevrolet Corvette in the Motorock Trans-Am Series, is ready for his return to the streets of Trois-Rivières for Round 6 of this year's championship. The now-familiar flames projecting from the exhaust of his red-and-black Vette will light up French Canada on Sunday Aug. 1 during the 35th Annual Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières.
The 1.506-mile temporary street circuit is not new to Scarallo, who currently ranks sixth in Series points. Scarallo has three top-five finishes this year, including a career best fourth at Portland.
"I'm excited every time I race, but it's always nice to return to a track with which I'm familiar," said Scarallo. "This course is difficult on your brakes. The first half of the race is usually spent taking care your brakes so you still have some left for the second half of the race.
"I've been successful at preserving the car and not burning it down," said Scarallo. "I am looking to continue this trend here. Toward the end of the race, fans should expect some passing since I will have been saving the car for the end."
Scarallo has been running well this year. He credits his Baucom Motorsports team for the work they have done this season prepping his car for each race. Scarallo teamed with the Baucom team, which also fields the No. 86 Ford Mustang driven by owner/driver John Baucom. "Teaming with John has been a good move," said Scarallo. "I am able to focus on my driving and not the stress of maintaining my car.
"I have been on the brink of a podium finish for a while now and it hasn't happened yet," said Scarallo. "I am shooting for a podium this season and I am hoping it will be at Trois-Rivieres."
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.