Daytona Beach, FL-(January 3, 2002) Despite many teams and drivers absence today, the first day of the annual test in preparation for the 24 Hours of Daytona, the activities originated under gloomy skies and cold weather. With ambient temperatures around 46 degrees, the first of three sessions began at 9 am at the Daytona International Speedway.
With half of the Miracle Motorsports crew and driving talents stranded at Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta, the team members and drivers that were able to beat the storm took to the track this morning. Team owner and driver, John Macaluso (Winter Haven, FL), jumped behind the wheel for a few laps, later turning the wheel over to several talented up and coming drivers.
Testing with Miracle Motorsports this week is Toyota Atlantic Champ, Buddy Rice of Phoenix, AZ. While running two short stints in the #6 Miracle Motorsports Ford today, Buddy posted his quickest lap time of 1:46.481, a speed of just over 120 mph, on the 12th lap of his second stint.
Joining Rice is James Gue, son of Michael Gue of Essex Racing (Cumming, GA). Gue ran impressive lap times in the low 1:52's, speeds of over 112 mph. Additionally, Andy Lally, racing most recently with Archangel Motorsports SRII car in the 2001 Grand-Am Season, and Larry Oberto of Seattle, WA, will be running during the test session.
Also returning for the test for this 2002 Season, will be Brent Sherman of N. Barrington, IL, who campaigned the 2001 Grand-Am Season co-driving with Macaluso in the #6 entry.
"We expect some exciting things this weekend, and are thrilled about being a part of the success of these up and coming talents," explained Macaluso.