Pikes Peak: RET race report

Fountain, Co. -- July 5, 2004 -- Boston Reid and the R. E. Technologies Racing team came from the back of the field to finish fourteenth Sunday at Pikes Peak International Raceway. The top fifteen finish came at the rain shortened King Soopers...

Fountain, Co. -- July 5, 2004 -- Boston Reid and the R. E. Technologies Racing team came from the back of the field to finish fourteenth Sunday at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

The top fifteen finish came at the rain shortened King Soopers Rocky Mountain Classic. The team battled tire problems Saturday during practice and qualifying.

"We unloaded with the same setup that the guys have run the past couple of years here," said Reid. "Whatever we did to change the car didn't make a difference. We had a group of bad tires"

The R. E. Technologies Racing team qualified the No. 35 Curb Records/ Valvoline sponsored car 23rd quick Saturday. The team elected to put on a new right rear tire for the race on Sunday. To do that the team was forced to give up their qualifying position and start at the rear of the field. In the warm-up session on Sunday, the new batch of tires paid off improving the team's time 4th quick. Then the thunderstorm came, dumping dime sized hail and heavy rain on the track. The Pikes Peak International Raceway crews worked feverishly to dry the track. The rain delay lasted about two and a half hours forcing USAC to shorten the Silver Crown race from 100 to 60 laps. Despite a shortened race and four cautions, driver Boston Reid charged forward passing 17 cars to finish 14th. Jay Drake won the event.

"It was a really trying weekend," stated Reid. "You could definitely tell the teams that had good tires and the teams that didn't. Even though we had difficult conditions, the team did not give up. They found the solution to the problem and we went forward in the race. Overall, it was a good finish."

The top fifteen finish improves the team's standings in the points, up to 8th.

SIGN HERE PLEASE

Boston Reid was busy this past weekend with autograph signings. The Indiana native attended three signings during the weekend. Reid was one of over a dozen USAC drivers signing autographs for hundreds of happy fans following the race. PPIR returned the favor, giving the drivers a limo ride back to the pits following the session.

NEXT RACE

The USAC Silver Crown Series will visit the Milwaukee Mile on July 23-24 as part of the Menards A.J. Foyt 225 Indy Racing Weekend. The Indy Racing League's Indy Car Series and the Menards Infiniti Pro Series will also compete on the same weekend.

EDWARDS WINS KANSAS

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver, Carl Edwards won the truck series event at Kansas Speedway Saturday. Edwards piloted the No. 191 Hemelgarn 91/ Johnson Motorsports/ R.E. Technologies Racing Silver Crown entry at Phoenix earlier this year.

Paul Dana, driver of the No. 91 Ethanol Hemelgarn 91/ Johnson Motorsports Menards Infiniti Pro Series car finished second in the Aventis Racing for Kids 100 also at Kansas Speedway.

REID RACES ARCA RE/MAX KENTUCKY

Boston Reid will climb into the No. 5 ditech.com Chevrolet this Friday for ARCA Re/Max Series Kentucky 150 at Kentucky Speedway. The race is scheduled to be televised live on SPEED at 7pm central time.

TESTING TESTING

The R.E. Technologies Racing team is not taking the next few weeks off. The team is scheduled to test at Indianapolis Raceway Park before the Milwaukee event at the end of the month.

ASK BOSTON

Ever wanted to ask Boston Reid a question but couldn't make it to a race? Now you can. Email a question to blakej@racingeclipse.com and you will be able to hear Boston answer the question via driver audio. Please include your first name, city and state when you send the question.

ON THE WEB

R.E. Technologies Racing website www.retechracing.com provides the latest information about the R.E. Technologies Racing team. The site also offers photos of the team from the track, live coverage of events from the track as well as the opportunity to hear Boston's thoughts in the Driver's Audio section. Check back often for an upcoming special feature in Driver Audio. Also check out the hail and heavy rain shots from Pikes Peak International Raceway. This week's Fan Poll question asks: "What is your favorite dirt track?" Fans can also visit Boston's personal website at www.bostonreid.com.

-ret-

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Series USAC
Drivers Carl Edwards , Paul Dana , Jay Drake , Boston Reid , A.J. Foyt