Rockdale, TX Ã¢â‚¬â€œ New Breed RacingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Alesi & Ayrton Gerthe competed in the IHRA Knoll-Gas Motorsports Nitro Jam this past weekend when it made its first stop of the season at San Antonio Raceway for the Amalie Oil Texas Nationals.
Alesi and Ayrton both competed in Quick Rod, the 8.90 Index class, and qualified in the number 10 and 11 position. In the Sportsman National event held Friday and Saturday, Alesi made it to the third round and down to nine cars, while younger brother Ayrton went out early. In the main event on Sunday, Alesi lined up against last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s event winner in round one and advanced to the next round with the win, but bowed out on a double break out pass in round two. Ayrton went out in round one on a break out pass as well.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We had a great time, starting out our week at the Napa display and right into a weekend full of racing. We had a rain delay Friday morning, which pushed the sportsman national into SaturdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race day,Ã¢â‚¬Â commented Alesi. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was great to spend time with several of our partners; Amalie, VickeryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, Mickey Thompson, Torco, and especially getting to meet all the new team members of Hoosier Thunder Motorsports, and we always enjoy visiting with Terry and Rhonda. I was a little disappointed that I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go more rounds, but my weekend was capped off in a memorable way when Terry let me drive the Top Fuel dragster back to the pits from the top end after his final round appearance; down parade road in front of all the fans in the standsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦that really made my weekend,Ã¢â‚¬Â concluded Alesi.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We had an outstanding weekend,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Duane. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are trying to get a handle on setting up AyrtonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s throttle stop and ignition, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m really excited about the gains we have already made in such a short amount of time this year.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The next scheduled stop for the team will be the IHRA Division 4 Pro-Am race at Tulsa Raceway Park, April 18-20, 2008.
New Breed Racing is proud to partner with Amalie Oil, Torco Race Fuels, Flatout Gaskets, NGK Spark Plugs, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, Go Graphix, VickeryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Speed Shop, Auto Meter Products, Harwood Industries, ParsleyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Chicken Express, Biondo Racing Products, and Doug FoleyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Drag Racing School.
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