Daytona Paul Revere 250 Wednesday morning notes

This will be the first time the event has been sanctioned by the Grand American Road Racing Association, and the first time the holiday classic has been held since 1986. Throughout its history, the event has been an SCCA sports car race, NASCAR ...

This will be the first time the event has been sanctioned by the Grand American Road Racing Association, and the first time the holiday classic has been held since 1986. Throughout its history, the event has been an SCCA sports car race, NASCAR Grand American, IMSA Camel GT, SCCA Trans-Am, and CCS motorcycles.

The Paul Revere 250 will feature several new driver lineups in the SportsRacer class. Butch Leitzinger, who finished second in Sunday's NASCAR Busch Series Lysol 200 at Watkins Glen International, will join Scott Schubot in the Philip Creighton Motorsports Ford Lola B2K10. Andy Wallace, who drove the Lola at Mid-Ohio, is paired with Grand-Am points leader James Weaver in Rob Dyson's No. 16 Riley & Scott Ford. Canadian Ross Bentley has replaced Mauro Baldi in the No. 27 Doran Lista Special, joining Homestead-Miami Speedway winner Didier Theys. Dale Whittington has replaced Oliver Gavin on the No. 37 Banana Joe's Ford-Lola, co-driving with Jon Field. Jaret Schroeder, the Indy Northern Lights Racing Series rookie of the year points leader, returns to join Tom Volk on the No. 95 TRV Motorsports Riley & Scott Chevy.

ROSS BENTLEY (No. 27 Doran Lista Special) -- I got a late night -- or early morning! -- phone call from Didier Theys in Europe, saying that Mauro (Baldi) couldn't make it. I just got the call on Monday, and I got a plane yesterday and here I am. After running for the Doran team for the Rolex 24 this year, this is where I want to be, and it looks like I might do a couple more races for the team, possibly Watkins Glen and Trois Rivieres. The car had the Ferrari engine for the Rolex 24, so this is my first shot in the car with the Judd motor. I'm looking forward to it, we've got a good shot at winning here.

ERIK MESSLEY (No. 46 GTO Team Viper West Dodge Viper) -- We're a very new team. The new car process is an evolutionary process. We learned a lot from our race at Lime Rock (he finished a distanced third in GTO), made some unscheduled changes for Mid-Ohio, and things went much, much better. Unfortunately, we were only a few laps from winning the race but our differential broke (they finished second). Now we've changed the whole back end, with a different differential, different axles. The team is starting to gel together, and we're real excited. I think we've got a good shot at winning here. The Viper likes to stretch its legs, and has ample opportunities to do that here. If we can get the handling down like we did for the Rolex 24 (he finished seventh overall and sixth in GTO) -- where he were flat all through the banking -- I think we should have a good event. But the Saleen (No. 5 of GTO points leaders Ron Johnson and Terry Borcheller) wasn't here for that race, so they're a big unknown. I'm real anxious to see what they've got. Marty Miller will drive for us this weekend. He's done very well in the Motorola Cup in a high-horsepower Firebird, and has co-driven with Stu Hayner, who has been co-driving for me. I'm anxious to see how he does in this car.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , James Weaver , Didier Theys , Rob Dyson , Mauro Baldi , Jon Field , Terry Borcheller , Oliver Gavin , Ross Bentley , Stu Hayner , Marty Miller