ACI Team Member Wins Spec Miata Race
Brian Towey wins during Seattle downpour
SEATTLE, August 21, 2004 – In a field of 22 starters, ACI’s Brian Towey captured his first Spec Miata win in torrential conditions at Pacific Raceways near Seattle. Brian qualified 5th in a dry qualifying session with a car that appeared to be down on power. He then half-jokingly predicted a win to his teammates, when the rain began to fall. He was leading by the exit of turn 3 on the first lap. “I’m not bothered so much by these conditions. I think it’s quite fun. It’s all in the head”, Towey said.
“Brian is regularly accused by his competitors of not looking where he is going” said ACI pilot Russ Wicks who was at the event acting as race engineer. “We were lucky he didn’t hit anything this time, visibility was terrible, and it is now clear that not seeing is very natural for him”.
The victory puts Towey in serious contention for a top 5 placing in the Oregon Region Road Racing Championship for Spec Miata – The most competitive amateur road race series in the Northwest.
In Sunday’s race Towey qualified on the front row, next to teammate Jon Davies. The two finished the second wet race in that order, after race-long battles with local favorites Ron Bauer and Jeff Clark.
Also, Towey who has been concentrating on an amateur bicycle road racing program to train for his Miata effort, recently participated in the Cross Country Mountain Bike competition at the State Games of Oregon. He won a gold medal in his category. Brian finished bloodied and bruised after crashing twice, and it is still unclear if he was watching where he was going on that day. According to Towey “it was slippery”.
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