December 17, 2001-Campaigning to run the 2002 Grand American Road Racing Series, Miracle Motorsports is proud to announce that Buddy Rice, 2000 Toyota Atlantic Champ, will be present during the test session scheduled in Daytona the first part of January.
Miracle Auto Dealerships, based in Winter Haven, FL, returns as primary sponsor of the #6 Ford entry for the 2002 Grand American series as well. Team owner and driver, John Macaluso (Old Forge, NY), is excited that Rice will be in Daytona. "He is a proven winner, and we are thrilled that he will share his talents with us at the test. We look for Buddy to give us a different perspective as to the development and refinement of our car," states Macaluso.
Under contract with Bobby Rahal racing, Rice, (Phoenix, AZ), brings a great deal of experience with him. Driving with the new DSTP Atlantic team in 2000, Rice started in kart and shifters in 1989, winning four national and two grand national titles in karting events in 1995. He ran four FF2000 races, finishing in the top-10 three times. Additionally, he competed in one Shelby Can-Am race at Las Vegas in 1996, winning from the pole. He placed fourth overall in 1997 FF200 pro series with one victory, two poles and five podium finishes. He had an impressive Atlantic debut in 1998, with poles at first two events (Long Beach and Nazareth) and wire to wire victory at Nazareth. Buddy finished seventh in the final points with four podium finishes and seven top-five finishes, despite missing Houston finale due to appendectomy surgery.
Also returning for the test session, will be Brent Sherman, (N. Barrington, IL), co-driver to Macaluso in the 2001 season in the #6 Serta Mattress/Miracle Motorsports Ford. Sherman finished an impressive 19th in the drivers points battle in the 2001 Season, despite missing several races.
"We are looking forward to 2002, we have a lot of great things planned," Macaluso commented. "It should be a good season for Miracle Motorsports!"