Solis and Paris Qualify for 72nd DAYTONA 200
NEWS March 15, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Team Hammer:
(March 15, 2013) - M4 Broaster Chicken Racing’s Benny Solis will open the 72nd running of the Daytona 200 from the third row following a tumultuous Friday at Daytona International Speedway.
While again showing considerable promise, Solis endured a difficult day of qualifying. The Californian only clocked a pair of laps in the cold morning session before crashing in slick conditions. His afternoon effort was cut short as well, as a mechanical issue ended his run prematurely.
Still, Solis managed to qualify his Honda CBR600RR 12th for the prestigious race with a best time of 1:52.726. More importantly, he has shown the speed in the lead-up to the race to battle with the frontrunners in what promises to be a long, arduous affair on Saturday.
"It was a difficult day," Solis admitted. "We didn't get in as many laps as we would have liked, but we were still able to rally and earn a place on the third row. We've shown some good pace in practice and we're looking forward to moving up the order in the race. The bike has been fast this weekend and we feel really optimistic about our chances. I’m excited to show what we can do."
Melissa Paris also feels she has the ability to race forward in Saturday's 200 aboard her MPH Honda CBR600RR. After showing impressive speed while running 13th and 15th fastest in Thursday's free practice sessions, Paris qualified 22nd at 1:55.466 on Friday.
She was unable to get the most out of qualifying after failing to catch onto the all-important draft around the high banks, circulating by her lonesome for the bulk of the session. Her plans to make a late charge were also upended when the session ended early due to a red flag.
Meanwhile, Chris Ulrich got his first race aboard the M4 Broaster Chicken Honda CBR1000RR Superbike under his belt on Friday.
Ulrich had electronics issues while downshifting that sent him flying off the track three times but Chris came back to take the checkered flag in 14th. He took another step forward in learning how to best unlock the bike's considerable potential.
He'll have another opportunity to continue that progression in the second race of the AMA Superbike season on Saturday morning, while Solis and Paris prepare for the 57-lap, 200-miler in the afternoon.
About Team Hammer: In 2013, Team Hammer, Inc. is competing in its 33rd consecutive racing season, and is marking its seventh year of offering technical and logistical support through its Contract Services Department.
Riders on Team Hammer-prepared racebikes have earned 54 AMA Pro National race wins; 130 AMA Pro National podium finishes; 5 AMA Pro Championships; 133 Overall National Endurance race wins; 13 National Endurance Championships and assorted other race wins and titles.
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