For immediate release
Las Vegas, NV
October 31, 2000
Press release complements of Toad Hall Racing
RACE REPORT – We went to Las Vegas with a new car. This is the “same car” we crashed at Sears, but on a new tub. Shortly after the Sears crash we got a new GT3 tub from the Porsche factory and started rebuilding the car.
In testing the day before the event, the car, in the hands of Randy Pobst was the fastest in the field. A real testament to David Moore. Building a new car from scratch is never easy and he got it right the first time. Randy is a great driver and our hats are off to him. He probably would have had little difficutly being on the podium. I, (Peter) was another story. With no real racing since the crash at Sears 3 months ago, I was as Alwin Sprenger from Porsche Motorsports, characterized it, “a little bit rusty.” But, we set our goals for the weekend to be in the top 10, and we just made it. But, in this field, 10th is no easy task.
We qualified 16th and finished 10. The racing was great the entire way. I had a good start and spent the first 1/2 of the race battling with Phil McClure in a Corvette. I would catch him in the back and he would pull me on the long front straight and I just couldn’t get by. Finally I did and got a little room, but just for a lap or two and then a full course caution brought the entire field back together. From then on, I had a lengthy battle with Joe Varde in his 8 liter Viper. Same story, Porsche faster in the back of the course and the Viper faster on the long straights. Braking was the real difference with the Porsche able to stop in much less distance. Finally he got by me and with three laps to go we got another full course yellow.
We got a restart with only one lap to go and I had a great one. I went from 14th to 10th on the last lap. Mostly luck, but it is at least as important to be lucky as good. So we were satisfied. It was good to be back although we still have a way to go to get the driver back in shape and get the rust sanded off. But don’t count us out. We will be trying hard for a top 5 finish at the season finale at San Diego next weekend.
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