DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 13) â€“ When John Paul Jr. and Elliott Forbes-Robinson return to Daytona International Speedway for the June 28-29 revival of the Paul Revere 250, the Grand American Road Racing Association competitors will be looking...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 13) – When John Paul Jr. and Elliott Forbes-Robinson return to Daytona International Speedway for the June 28-29 revival of the Paul Revere 250, the Grand American Road Racing Association competitors will be looking to settle old scores.
Both drivers competed in the event when it was part of the IMSA Camel GT schedule, and both will be among the drivers to beat when they return with the Dyson Racing team to the site of three victories in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Paul will co-drive the No. 16 Ford-powered Riley & Scott Mark III with James Weaver, while Forbes-Robinson will co-drive the No. 20 Riley & Scott Ford with car owner Rob Dyson.
“I always enjoyed driving in the Paul Revere 250, and always had a lot of fun in that race,” said Paul, who finished one-half second behind John Fitzpatrick in 1980, the closest finish in the history of the event.
“I always went fast back then, because I’ve got good eyes for night racing,” Paul added. “Maybe that’s because you can’t see the walls coming up on you during the night!”
Paul also finished third in the 1981 Paul Revere 250, driving a turbocharged Porsche. He won the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 1982, opening a season in which he captured the Camel GT championship. Paul again won the Rolex 24 in 1997, co-driving with the Dyson team that included Forbes-Robinson.
“The great thing about the Paul Revere 250 is we’ll be down there with the NASCAR Winston Cup race, and we can give their fans the opportunity to enjoy some great sports car racing,” said Forbes-Robinson. “They’ll be able to see the brakes glowing bright red from the infield, and it should be great watching the cars going into turn one. Our cars will go past the start/finish line at about 190 miles per hour – only about 10 miles per hour slower than the Winston Cup cars – except that we’ll have to slow down the cars for the first turn into the infield road course. That should be real interesting for the fans in the main grandstand.”
Forbes-Robinson was the SportsRacer class winner in the season-opening Rolex 24, and is currently third in the Grand-Am points with 154 counters, trailing only Weaver (165) and Phoenix and Mid-Ohio winner Jack Baldwin (160).
Practice for the Paul Revere 250 begins at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, with qualifying beginning at 9:15 p.m. The 70 lap, 250-mile race will be held under the lights on Thursday, June 29; immediately following the 8 p.m. Bud Pole Qualifying session for the Pepsi 400.
Tickets are still available for the Paul Revere 250/Pepsi 400 weekend at Daytona International Speedway. For information, call the Speedway Ticket Office at (904) 253-7223, or visit the web site, www.daytonaintlspeedway.com. For additional Grand-Am information, visit www.grand-am.com.