April 27, 2008

Damage from the Hit

Alton, VA (April 27, 2008) — After experiencing difficulties with the car setup at Mexico City, there was little time to get everything in tune for the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway the following week. Bryce Miller won at VIR last year, but an accident at the start of the race made it difficult to step onto the podium this time around.

Starting from row eight, Ted Ballou’s race got off to a rocky start as his No. 66 Marquis Jet/Mitchell Rubber Porsche GT3 Cup was hit in the right rear just few laps into the 77-lap race. Undaunted by the contact, Ballou put his head down and pushed the car hard before putting teammate Miller in the car on lap 31.

With a damaged race car and a lap down, Miller had to approach the race a little differently knowing the car was not going to be as competitive as he would have liked. However, Miller did everything he could to bring the car home 19th.

“We had a pretty good run going,” Ballou said. “Somebody hit us a few laps into the race. I don’t know what he was thinking. I think he must have locked up his brakes and hit us. But, overall the car was getting a better and we were running more consistent. Overall, it was not too bad.”

“We ended up approaching the race like a test session,” Miller said. “We’ve been struggling a lot with the car. It just hasn’t been right since Daytona. So, we’re going to do some shock development between here and Laguna and try to advance the car a little more. In the race, I think we made a lot of improvements. Hopefully, with the three week lay-off, we can develop the car and head to Laguna with a good package.”

“Ted and Bryce both drove really well. The car was a little bit of handful for them. I am looking forward to getting back to the shop and really tearing these cars a part.

This weekend’s race will air at noon (EDT) Saturday, May 3 on SPEED. The series next heads to
Raceway Laguna Seca for the Monterey Festival of Speed 250 May 16-17.

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