EDMONTON, AB - Team 3 Red/EHR finished up their 2 event western swing on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series with a great finish and making huge strides in the driver points standings.
With Jason Hathaway behind the wheel of the #3 Snap on Tools Dodge, Team 3 Red/EHR competed in the Canadian Tire 100 this past Saturday afternoon at the Rexall Grand Prix Edmonton. The Team did however have a tough start to the weekend with a disappointing qualifying effort on Friday of 18th place in the 30 car field.
Under the direction of Crew Chief Giulio Montanari, the Team worked to make adjustments on their car after qualifying, including a rear gear change to improve their chances for a top 10 finish in the 32 lap event.
After qualifying on Friday afternoon Hathaway summed up their plan for the rest of the weekend. "This is a great track to run at and a lot of fun. We made some changes this afternoon and they will definitely help up in tomorrows race."
With speeds of up to 138 mph, Saturday afternoon's Canadian Tire 100 really started to come to Hathaway around lap 22 when he was able to make some great passes going into the torturous corner 1 on the 14 turn, 1.973 mile airport road course. Hathaway was also able to utilize each of the 3 caution flag restarts to get his #3 Snap on Tools Dodge into position to move up in the running order.
The last restart of the race was Hathaway's biggest position advancement using the corner 1 & 2 combination to move around 3 cars and pull into 10th place in the running order. After some jockeying around to keep his position, Hathaway rounded the final corner with no pressure from the cars behind and finished 10th.
Giulio Montanari was pleased with the day's results. "We are so happy that we were able to put a great finish up today for our sponsors and our Team owner. This Team works hard and the changes that we made really helped us out there today to get this top 10 finish. I'm proud of Jason and the Team that we have."
The 10th place finish in Edmonton paired with their 7th place finish at Sun Valley Speedway the weekend before, catapulted Hathaway and his Team into 8th place in driver point standings, only 2 points back of 7th place. Team 3 Red/EHR's next event will be the third of four road course races on the 2007 schedule taking place at the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, August 3rd and 4th along side the NASCAR Busch Series.
Team 3 Red/EHR is proud to be associated with their great sponsors and supporters. Team 3 Red/EHR thanks Snap-on Tools, Super 8 Motels, Advantex Freight Forwarders, Fast Eddie Racewear and Choko Motorsports, Briggs & Stratton, Castrol, Napoleon Fireplaces & Barbeques, Xilarate Sports Fluid and The Busted Knuckle Garage. For more information on our sponsors please visit our website at www.team3red.com.
From Jamie Hakonson // Team 3 Red/Ed Hakonson Racing