Haywood, France take over points lead

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 3, 2003) -- Co-drivers Hurley Haywood and J.C. France have taken over the lead in the Daytona Prototypes driver points in the latest Rolex Sports Car Series standings released today. The pair claimed the top spot...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 3, 2003) -- Co-drivers Hurley Haywood and J.C. France have taken over the lead in the Daytona Prototypes driver points in the latest Rolex Sports Car Series standings released today. The pair claimed the top spot following their Nextel Grand Prix of Miami victory on Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Haywood and France are tied atop the driver point standings with 67 points, holding a five-point advantage over 2001 Rolex Series GT champion Darren Law.

The Brumos Racing #59 Porsche-powered FABCAR Daytona Prototype, which Haywood and France piloted to victory on Saturday, strengthened its lead in the Daytona Prototypes team owner point standings. The #59 Porsche now holds a five-point advantage over the G&W Motorsports #8 BMW-powered Picchio Daytona Prototype, which Law and Shawn Bayliff raced to a second-place finish in the Daytona Prototypes class in Miami.

Joao Barbosa and Michel Neugarten improved their lead in the GTS driver point standings following their third-place finish in the GTS class over the weekend. The duo's 65 points gives them a five-point margin over Rob Morgan and Lance Norick.

The Perspective Racing #24 Mosler MT900 R, of Barbosa and Neugarten, also maintained its number-one spot in the GTS team owner standings, increasing its lead to five points over Morgan and Norrck's #46 Acxiom Corvette of Morgan-Dollar Motorsports.

Kevin Buckler is the lone driver atop the GT driver point standings following the Nextel Grand Prix. Buckler's second-place GT finish propelled him into a 12-point lead over Brian Cunningham and Hugh Plumb, who are tied for second place.

The Marcus Racing #69 BMW M3, which Cunningham and Plumb drove to a third-place GT finish in Miami, took over the lead in the GT team owner points. The #69 BMW has a slim two-point edge over defending-champion Scuderia Ferrari of Washington, whose #33 Ferrari 360 GT jumped from last place in the team owner standings to second following its class win on Saturday.

In the Rolex Series manufacturer standings, Porsche and FABCAR moved into the lead in the Daytona Prototypes engine and chassis standings. Chevy pushed Mosler out of the top spot in the GTS manufacturer standings, while Ferrari pulled even with Porsche at the front of the GT standings.

The Nextel Grand Prix of Miami will air on SPEED Channel this Saturday, March 8 at 3 p.m. ET and again on Monday, March 10 at 1 p.m.

The Rolex Sports Car Series will return to action at Phoenix International Raceway for the Phoenix 250, May 3. Tickets are currently on sale for the night race in the desert and can be purchased online at www.phoenixinternationalraceway.com.

Additional information about the Rolex Sports Car Series is available online at www.grandamerican.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Lance Norick , Kevin Buckler , Hurley Haywood , Darren Law , Joao Barbosa , Brian Cunningham , Hugh Plumb , Michel Neugarten , Shawn Bayliff , J.C. Fra