Allegretta continues rookie season at BIR

July 20, 2016

Allegretta continues rookie season at BIR

TEAM NEWS - Vincent Allegretta continued his rookie season in the Trans Am Series with another solid performance at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, MN for Round 5 of the 2016 Chase for the Trigon Trophy.  Allegretta qualified an career best 4th and after running up front settled for a 12th place finish.
Allegretta now leads in rookie points and stands 12th in overall championship points.  He is less than 10 points from the top 10.

This was Allegretta’s first time at the high speed legendary track at Brainerd and he and his team had a fairly steep learning curve to work thru as they unloaded.  Sporting a new sponsor, Dr. Dave(Health), who joined TA Sights and Sounds on the #41 Corvette at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Vincent had a full plate of work in front of him. 

“We worked on the car all day Friday to get the car fasters.” Allegretta said. “The team was great.” BIR is a combination of very high speed straights and corners along with a series of increasingly tight turns. “Now that I’ve got the hang of it, I really like it.” Said Allegretta.

The proof of that showed in qualifying. Allegretta pushed his Corvette thru improving lap times to settle for 4th on the starting grid.  That bested his previous top qualifying performance, a 9th place at Watkins Glen International, by a full 5 spots. “There was more in the car. But it was my first time there and didn’t want to push my luck too far.”

One the start of the race defending champion Amy Ruman and David Pintaric swapped some paint heading into a corner. The contact resulted in Ruman spinning right in front of Allegretta.  “She spun and I didn’t really have any place to go. I made what I thought was just some light contact with her rear tire as she passed in front of me.” Allegretta explained.

Getting tangled up dropped Vinnie from the top 5 all the way back to 12th. He didn’t stay there long, however.  With a fast Corvette under him, Allegretta started passing cars and working his way back thru the field. “We actually made it all the way back into the top 5 and the lap times looked like we could make some more progress toward a podium finish.  That is until I noticed that the engine temps were higher than usual.  Tony(Ave) told me not to worry about it til it hit 250 degrees on the water.” Allegretta said. “Unfortunately a couple of laps later it was at 250 and getting hotter.  We finally had to call it a day.”

“It was great to have Dr. Dave on the race car with us and it felt like we had a good day coming.  Even with the trouble on the first lap.  It turned out that the little bit of contact that we had broke all the air ducting free and it totally blocked the air flow into the radiator.  A freak thing.  It was kind of a repeat of our Watkins Glen race with Paul Fix had a spin in front of us and I got into him.  Then had to limp the car home for a finish.  We will get some better luck ahead.”

Next on the 50th Anniversary Trans Am season is Mid Ohio Sports Car Course. This is one of two dates that Trans Am shares with NASCAR Xfinity Series and promises big crowds and lots of excitement.

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