Trois-Rivieres: Tony Ave preview

The best is yet to come for Ave and LAC Motorsports. INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Tony Ave, driver of the ...

The best is yet to come for Ave and LAC Motorsports.

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Tony Ave, driver of the #53 LAC Motorsports Trilithic Panoz Esperante, is ready to leave all but one Tough Time behind as he prepares for the upcoming Trans-Am Series for the BF Goodrich Tires Cup race at le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, in Quebec.

Ave, currently fifth in the championship points battle, has been on the verge of a break-through victory all season. He's come as close as second place at Lime Rock Park, led the most race laps in Cleveland, and most recently, qualified second and finished fifth in Washington, D.C. While Ave was pleased to be awarded the Westward Tools Tough Time Award for the one that got away at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport, he's ready to turn a corner and leave all the tough times behind, because for Ave and LAC Motorsports, the best is yet to come.

The question is, is Trois-Rivieres the place for the breakthrough?

Ave feels the team has diagnosed and corrected most of the issues that has held them back from a win, but there was just one thing to conquer in time for Trois-Rivieres, where he has experience racing sports cars.

"That track is a brake killer. We're going to be focused on the brake system first," he says. Once the Panoz Esperante's power was improved, the braking system came under stress it hadn't previously been required to tame. In both Cleveland and Washington D.C. Ave struggled with failing brakes during the closing laps, allowing other drivers to slip by him for the finish.

For the past two weeks, Crew Chief Nick Short and the LAC Motorsports team have been focused on the brakes in anticipation of their biggest test so far this season. "They're going over the brakes from every perspective, so we should be in good shape for Trois-Rivieres," says Ave.

Ave and the rest of he Trans-Am regulars face off this weekend for Round 7 of the 12 race Trans-Am Season on the 1.6-mile 10-turn street circuit Sunday, Aug. 4 at 2:30 PM EDT. The race will be broadcast live on Speed Channel. For more information about Ave and LAC Motorsports, visit For more information about the Trans-Am Series for the BF Goodrich Tires Cup, visit


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Series Trans-Am
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