Pikes Peak: Marc Jessup race notes

CAMBY, Ind. -- Marc Jessup, driving the Jessup Racing, LLC family-owned sprinter, suffered a disappointing weekend out at the Pikes Peak International Raceway. In the first practice session for the USAC/Valvoline Sprint Car series, Jessup blew a...

CAMBY, Ind. -- Marc Jessup, driving the Jessup Racing, LLC family-owned sprinter, suffered a disappointing weekend out at the Pikes Peak International Raceway. In the first practice session for the USAC/Valvoline Sprint Car series, Jessup blew a head gasket.

Heading out for qualifying with only the few practice laps under their belt, Jessup was able to qualify fifteenth. After qualifications, with the help of Chuck Snyder, the Jessup Racing team was able to get the blown head gasket changed.

Going out on the first warm-up on July fourth, the team's bad luck continued as they had more problems. Once the team got the car into the pit area, they were able to get the hood off. Upon further inspection, they realized they blew yet another head gasket.

Realizing there was a larger problem, they dug into the motor a bit deeper and found what they thought was the root of the problem--a broken distributor mount, causing the motor to get out of time, which in turn caused the head gaskets to blow.

"I want to thank Chuck Snyder for all of his help, he was phenomenal," said Jessup. "Yes, it was another disappointing weekend, but I'm really hoping our bad luck changes soon, as I really feel like this team has potential."

Jessup has been driving the family-owned car all season, and is definitely keeping his ears open regarding any potential rides. He has caught the eye of several car owners, and is hoping that one of them comes through on a ride.

"I really want to get to the next level in racing, but I feel that I need some help to get there," said Jessup from his Camby, Indiana home.

Stay tuned to www.tjslideways.com for information regarding the 2004 USAC Sprint Car season for Marc Jessup.

-jr-

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