MONTGOMERY, AL (Sept. 11, 2017) – It’s all coming together for Giovanni Bromante. Sunday, he competed against the most talent-packed field he has seen in his short career, for the longest race of his career, the 200-lap Alabama 200 at Montgomery Motor Speedway. After a career best qualifying run, he contended for a top three finish before settling for fourth at the checkered flag.
Giovanni and the David Gilliland Racing team spent the days prior to Sunday’s event focusing on long run speed and getting Giovanni comfortable in the car for the extended-lap event. Consistently, they made gains on the car until qualifying time came on Saturday night. In the best qualifying laps of his career, Bromante was only two tenths of a second off the pole position, good enough for eighth on the starting grid for Sunday’s race.
As soon as the green flag dropped on Sunday, Bromante and crew knew the No. 98 Toyota was a force to be reckoned with. Slowly, he worked his way toward the top five, passing winners of major events and regional track champions en route to the front. At one point, he climbed to second before the car slowed with an apparent problem the crew was able to quickly rectify, but he was saved from going laps down by a timely caution.
After a mid-race pit stop, Bromante again began to climb his way up in the standings, racing for third in the final 15 laps until contact between him and another car sent both to the tail for being part of a caution-causing incident. On the restart, Giovanni avoided a melee in front of him and then charged back toward the front in the remaining laps for a fourth place run, the best result of his short career.
“This was a great weekend,” 14-year old Bromante said after the race. “We never gave up and came home with a top five run. We had some stuff happen mid-race, but I knew we were going to be okay. Overall, I’m so impressed with my DGR guys and the effort they put in this weekend. Because of everything we were able to do on-track, this race really raised my confidence in the car and I’m learning to trust it more than I ever have before. I can’t wait for the next race at Pensacola because things are really starting to click for us.”
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