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Oct 24, 2001

Involved Racers Comment On Daytona Chicane Cloudburst

Copyright 2001, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>2001 Formula USA Unlimited Superbike Champion Shawn Higbee: "I couldn't believe they had us finish the race in the rain like that. I mean, that was just unbelievable...I think we need to investigate the rules. We need to look at conditions like that. It really wasn't safe, and we're lucky no one got hurt because it was very dangerous conditions."<BR><BR>2000 Formula USA Unlimited Superbike Champion Grant Lopez: "We came around and it was blinding rain. I hit the next blinding thing of rain, and I just stopped, you know? Everyone just kind of tip-toed on through and out and that's how they finished. That was no kind of race at all. It was just asinine. I'm totally disgusted with Formula USA. I cannot believe Formula USA would allow this to happen."<BR><BR>2000 and 2001 Formula USA Sportbike Champion Lee Acree: "We came out on the back side and it was pouring going into the chicane. I mean absolutely pouring right at the braking area. We had no warning until we arrived at the braking area. Everybody was sideways....I made my opinion on racing in the rain at Daytona known in the spring, and it hasn't changed. It may have been different if it was only raining in the infield, but I may have been overly cautious in the bad areas where there are walls."<BR><BR>2001 Formula USA Buell Lightning Series Champion Michael Barnes, winner of the second F-USA Unlimited Superbike race at Daytona: "I passed them and took the lead. I went sideways into the chicane and straightened out on the chicane and back out again...I was looking back to see how many were left because I was surprised that I made it through....They should have stopped the race."