South Florida's Bell Motorsports looking for dual wins at Nextel Grand Prix of Miami. MIAMI, Fla. (February 25, 2003) -- When the green flag drops at 3 p.m. this Saturday to start the Nextel Grand Prix of Miami, South Florida's Bell Motorsports...
South Florida's Bell Motorsports looking for dual wins at Nextel Grand Prix of Miami.
MIAMI, Fla. (February 25, 2003) -- When the green flag drops at 3 p.m. this Saturday to start the Nextel Grand Prix of Miami, South Florida's Bell Motorsports will be looking to score victories in not just one, but two of the Rolex Sports Car Series classes. The Tavernier, Fla.-based team has entered race cars into both the premier Daytona Prototypes class and GT class.
The Bell Motorsports #54 Chevy-powered Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype made its debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona earlier this month, where the team finished 39th overall and sixth in the Daytona Prototypes class only two days after the new car hit the track for the first time ever.
The team's first outing with the Daytona Prototype was a learning experience, and Bell Motorsports has spent the last three weeks developing and testing the new Daytona Prototype in preparation for this weekend's Nextel Grand Prix of Miami.
"We are very confident about this weekend, because of how well the car has been performing. The issues we had at the Rolex 24 were not flaws in the car's design, but things that came up because we had not tested it yet," explained driver Terry Borcheller, who will co-drive the #54 Chevy Daytona Prototype with car owner Forest Barber in the Nextel Grand Prix. "We tested last week and it was very positive."
Bell Motorsports team owner Jim Bell echoes Borcheller's high hopes for the team's Daytona Prototype at this weekend's race. "I feel good about our chances this weekend with both of our cars. The Daytona Prototype is still teething, but its performance improves every time we take it out on the track."
For the team's second entry into the Nextel Grand Prix, Bell Motorsports will bring back its #5 BMW M3. The team campaigned the BMW in the GT class for the last two seasons with much success, scoring four class victories in 16 races. For this weekend's race, renowned road racer Boris Said will share the controls of the BMW with Craig Stanton as they vie for the top spot in the GT class and awards up for grabs in the Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge.
Homestead-Miami Speedway will offer fans both road racing and open-wheel racing during the February 28 - March 2 event weekend, with the Rolex Series running the Nextel Grand Prix of Miami on March 1 and the IRL IndyCar Series running its season-opening Toyota Indy 300 on March 2. Tickets are currently on sale for the entire event weekend online at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at 305-230-RACE.
For more information on the Nextel Grand Prix of Miami and the Rolex Sports Car Series, visit www.grandamerican.com.