Competitive drive at Barber leads Lacy to Grand-Am Cup Championship Weekend

October 26, 2004 Fontana, CA - Ian Lacy of Eureka CA, will be driving the Schuitemaker Motorsports #34 Nissan 350-Z this weekend at California Speedway for the last race of the Grand-Am Cup Series 2004.

The previous Grand-Am Cup race held a few weeks ago at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, found Lacy running yet another competitive race on a course never driven before. With scattered showers and cloud cover, Lacy qualified and raced the first two hours of the three hour race. In third and second the majority of his time spent in the car, Lacy was racing for position with two Porsches and a BMW. Leading briefly before handing the car over to his teammate, the Schuitemaker Motorsports #34 finished in 14th place.

Missing the Thursday test day due to prior engagements, Lacy got quickly up to speed in his first visit to the Alabama course. "We had a little rain on Friday afternoon which took time away from us being able to work on setup before qualifying, but it was especially fun being my first time out on full rain tires in the Nissan" states Lacy.

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Regardless of lost dry-track time, the team was able to achieve a good setup for qualifying and Lacy put the 350-Z fourth on the grid.

"I left a few tenths out there today but I’m very happy with our efforts. This is my first time qualifying and starting the race so I’m glad I’m at the sharp end of the field and look forward to a competitive race."

At the fall of the green flag, Lacy moves into third at the first corner and continues to run at the front of the field his entire two hour stint. "It was a very exciting race," says Lacy, "we made two stops for fuel and the crew did a great job. We made up a position on our first stop and the second kept us right in the thick of the fight at the front."

"What a great time I had today, lots of fun racing at the front and again I’m learning more and more about the endurance racing game. I can’t thank the Schuitemaker team enough for giving me the opportunity to start this race" states Lacy. "I’d also like to thank everyone from Grand-Am for running a great series and the Speed Channel guys for all their hard work and the mileage they put on during their race broadcasts from the pits. Also thanks again to Arai helmets."