GALANTE PUTS IN STUNNING DRIVE AT MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH MONTEREY CALIFORNIA, MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA
GRAND-AM CONTINENTAL TIRE SPORTS CAR CHALLENGE
The weather was perfect heading up to the start of the Continental race of the 61 cars entered. Starting way back in 27the place was the #78 Racers Edge COPi Companies Mustang Boss 302R. Qualifying and starting the race was Galante's teammate Anthony Downs. Downs drove a great first half of the race, picking up a few spots as he clicked off some great consistent laps. The caution-filled first half was an indicator of things to come. The Racers Edge team, led by team owner Jon Mirachi and race engineer Jim Pattin, elected for a mid-way pitstop and driver change. Halfway through the race during one of the many cautions, the #78 was called in. Galante was in with a fresh set of tires and a light fuel load. Galante rejoined the race in 22nd place and instantly started climbing through the field. The overall aggression continued throughout the race and Galante was under fire, taking on numerous hits and close calls. Towards the 3/4 mark in the race, Galante put in some great passes and worked his way into third place. From 27th to 3rd the Team was looking good. Galante then took a late pass dive from one of the Aston Martins, striking the left side rear, damaging the wheel. Galante stayed strong and battled back, now in 14th place with a wounded car.
The aggression continued into the last remaining laps. Galante was able to work past 6 more cars in the last few laps, finishing a respectable 8th,
giving the Racers Edge Team their best finish of the 2012 season.
Considering all the obstacles, Nick Galante came away feeling good after the race.
"We knew going into this race there was going to be a few cautions and aggressive driving, but we didn't expect the 11 caution periods!
The team, co-driver and crew gave me a great car with a perfect pitstop.
I just tried to focus and do the best with what I had, even though the car was damaged, it wasn't that bad. I just had to adapt and keep moving forward.
I'm looking forward to the upcoming Limerock race with CAPALDI and the possibility of getting into
the World Karting Finals in Las Vegas at the SKUSA Supernationals in November."
Be sure to catch the Laguna Seca Continental race replay on SPEED TV, Sunday September 16th, 1:30 PM ET
Nick Galante Racing continues on to Limerock Park in Lakeville Connecticut September 28th-29th Nick Will be piloting the #68 CAPALDI RACING Ford Mustang Boss 302R Come out or watch it the following week on SPEED TV Sunday October 14th 1:00 PM ET