David Byrne Completes Strong 2007 Season Looks For ’08 To Be His Breakout Season
Shullsburg, WI – David Byrne and his RaceTeamGear.com Bytec Inc, Tricor Insurance midget racing team closed out a strong 2007 racing season with a solid second place finish in D’Arcy Motors UMARA National Midget points. Add to that a ninth place feature finish at the Orlando Speedworld in December at the third annual Mopar/PRI Sprint and Midget Classic to close out the season, and the team is extremely excited about 2008.
Byrne who set out to win the 2007 UMARA National Midget title did many of the things needed to get there. He added two additional experienced crewmembers to his team in Russ Mongor and Tim Gorman, bought a second Stealth Chassis and an additional Fontana power plant. He competed in twice as many races than in 2006, he finished second three times and third twice in feature events. He was fast qualifier three times including the UMARA/USAC Regional season finale at Berlin Raceway and he finished outside the top ten only three times all season long in feature events. The only piece missing was that elusive first feature win.
“With the addition of Russ and Tim to our Team, I made significant strides in ’07. I didn’t have the top finishes that I had hoped for and I didn’t get that first win for the team, but with a little more attention to detail, more confidence in my driving ability, and a little “Racers Luck”, expect to see me at the top in 2008” says Byrne.
The month of May was a bit tough for the Byrne team with a 17th place finish at Iowa and a DNQ at Indy but after that he would only finish outside of the top ten twice in the remaining 18 races. Team owner Steve Byrne said, “After we worked as a “new” team for a couple of races, David’s confidence improved every race. We were finally able to put together a team that complimented David’s driving. We always knew David had the ability, but now we were able to give him the right equipment to race hard. We matured as a race team, which allowed David to show off his abilities.”
David made his first visit to the Phoenix International Raceway in November, without his regular crew. But with help from fellow driver David Gough and Chuck Johnson (Gough’s crew chief) he qualified 17th and was as high as ninth late in the feature, but would have to settle for 15th at the finish; not bad for his first trip to the intimidating one-mile paved track.
At Orlando a broken throttle linkage in final practice set the team back a bit. But they battled back, and even with the linkage beginning to bind up in the feature again, the car was so strong David was able to hold off veteran open-wheeler Dave Darland for ninth place at the finish.
If everything goes as planned, and 2008 race schedules don’t overlap, David plans to run every pavement midget race available including nine USAC National midget events throughout the country. He also plans to contend for both the USAC and UMARA Regional midget championships. This all in addition to making sure things stay on track with the family business, Bytec Resource Management Inc., a liquid waste transportation and recycling company in Monroe Wisconsin.
“With David and I both an integral part of the business, we have to keep our eye on the ball, but we are putting the pieces in place to allow David and the team to make this run, with hopes of moving up the “food chain” in the racing world in the not to distant future” says the elder Byrne.
It also looks like the team may have a roll in promoting the USAC National four-race series, which includes three races in Wisconsin and one race at the Rockford Speedway in Illinois.
2007 was a much-improved season for David Byrne and his RaceTeamGear.com, Bytec Inc., Tricor Insurance/Stealth/Fontana midget team. With the great finish at Orlando, several new potential sponsors and much more knowledge and confidence in both the driver and the team, David and his team are extremely excited about the upcoming 2008 season.