Solid top-10 finish for Amaduzzi
Davide Amaduzzi’s first race of the 2019 season in the Super Trucks division at Tucson Speedwau started with a solid top-10 finish. On Saturday, January 26, on the fast ⅜ – mile oval in Arizona, the Italian driver showed a top-5 pace at the wheel of the #11 Ricky Bogart Motorsports Super Truck, but had to settle for eight in what was a good start for his season.
The new truck fielded for Amaduzzi by Ricky Bogart Motorsports proved to be very competitive since free practice, as the Italian driver ended up clocking the second fastest time. In qualifying, Davide made the mistake to push a little bit too much and had to settle for 12th on the grid.
In the 50-lap feature Amaduzzi managed to climb back to fifth, but in the chaotic final stages of the race he fell down to eight, the same result he reached in the last round of 2018.
“I am a little bit disappointed because I made a mistake in qualifying and didn’t get the lap I was expecting from myself. Then when you start in the back everything is more complicated. I’m also a little bit disappointed because I managed to come back to the top-5 but I lost it at the end. This is racing, especially on this side of the Atlantic,” said Amaduzzi. “Anyway it was a solid weekend, we scored good points that will be useful later in the season. We worked a lot on the car and we have a much clearer idea of what we need to do for the next races. We will not have to do so many experiments. I’m also very happy about the Ricky Bogart Motorsports team and the #11 truck, which was very stable and responsive. I am very much looking forward to the next races.”
The first round of the 2019 season also featured an unusual problem for Amaduzzi. The Italian got a second degree burn to his right calf.
“After mid-race I started to feel real hot in the car. The sheet protecting my legs from the heat of the transmission had detached and I was leaning on it with my legs. The heat was almost too much and it took some tough mental work to keep going, especially at the exit of turn 2 and 4 because I had to rotate my body and keep the leg from touching the metal. The will to finish was stronger than the hurt,” said the Italian, who will be back in his best shape for the second race of the season at Tucson Speedway.
Amaduzzi’s next appointment with the NASCAR Whelen All American Series at the fast Arizona oval is for March 9th.