Byrne Racing Looks Forward To A Fresh Re-start To 2007 This Weekend
Shullsburg, WI – Submitted by Bill Freis – After a less than satisfying month of May, Byrne racing is poised to begin their 2007 UMARA National Midget championship bid.
The season began with a test at ORP back on May 3rd, where the team had both cars on hand to work on set-ups for both. The new team of Russ Mungor and Tim Gorman quickly found out that trying to work on two cars at once was no easy task, but they managed to get plenty of good laps in while battling issues with the floating caliper brakes.
A trip back to Shullsburg with a stop at the parts house had the team pulling an all nighter to repair the brake problems and get the car set-up for the race in Newton, Iowa on Saturday May 5th.
At Iowa things didn’t start out well, but the team worked hard to get the problems fixed before the feature, where David would have to start 25th in the field. The teams work had apparently paid-off as David quickly made his way up as high as the twelfth position, but not having any good laps of practice didn’t allow Tim to tune the chassis and as the race wore on the handling began to go away on the car. With the handling going away David played it safe and didn’t over drive the car, which in the end relegated him to a 17th place finish.
After Iowa it was down to the Grundy County Speedway for two test dates on May 17th and 19th. On the 17th they battled brake issues on both cars and on the 19th the short track car seemed good, even on used tires, but the new car (the Speedway car) still had brake issues and heard a knock in the engine. When the team returned to the shop they discovered cracked cam gears and found a throttle shaft screw in one of the cylinders. The Speedway car with the new Fontana power plant was supposed to go to ORP but repairs were unable to be made in time.
On to ORP for the Night Before The 500 on May 26th where David practiced in the 21.8 second/lap range and then qualified 37 out of 54 with a 22.071 fast lap. In the heat race started ninth and would have to finish fifth to transfer, but once again brake issues arose and kept David from improving his position. In the first Last Chance race, where they would only take the top two, something broke on the brakes on only the second lap. David tried hanging on for a couple more laps, but rather than wreck himself and possibly others he decided to pull off the track and would finish 13th.
The UMARA (United Midget Auto Racing Association) season kicks off this Saturday at the Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Illinois where David and the Bytec Inc., Tricor Insurance, Stealth/Fontana Racing Team will begin their chase for the UMARA National midget championship. They have worked feverishly since Indy with the brake manufacturers and Bob East to get a handle on the problems that have plagued them since late last season, and look for a fresh start come June 2nd.