Homestead Race Report

Dated: March 30, 2008




Sunday, 30 March 2008

Image(March 30, 2008) -- The TRG team's best-qualifying car was the one that had the worst luck in the GAINSCO Grand Prix. Ballou started the No. 66 machine from the sixth position and remained inside the top 10 throughout his opening stint before disaster struck on Lap 27. Ballou tangled with the No. 07 machine entering Turn 1 and spun off course, then returned to the track directly into the path of the speeding No. 30 Mazda, which made solid contact with the car. The impact changed the left rear geometry and handling of the car and crumpled the left rear exhaust subsequently reducing horsepower significantly on the No. 66 machine.

The incident also brought about a stop-and-go plus one-minute penalty, forcing the No. 66 Porsche off the lead lap. Miller took over in the cockpit and battled his way back toward the front, but the No. 66 team also fell victim to the pit sequence rules and served its own stop-and-go plus 20-second penalty later in the race. Despite all of that, Miller, Ballou and the No. 66 team wound up 13th, two laps behind the winners.

"It was a little disappointing, Ballou said. "We started off really strong. The car was good, and we ran in the top six or seven. Unfortunately, I made a mistake, got hit by a guy, and that slowed us down quite a bit. It was good to run up front. I think it proves that we're competitive and it looks good for the rest of the season, so we'll take our points and move on."

"We were able to bring it back there a little bit," contributed Miller. "I mean, we served a few penalties and had some contact that inhibited the car's performance, but overall, I'm still pretty excited about the package. Ted Ballou's pace is really good, and I think we've got a lot of good things going here. Daytona treated us pretty well this year, so I guess you take some and then you lose some. It's good to put a result like this behind us."

The No. 66 team is currently fifth in the team standings with 50 points. Sellers is 10 points behind Pumpelly and George in the driver standings, with Valentine, Ballou and Miller just 12 points behind the points co-leaders heading to Round 3 at Mexico City on April 19.

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