Homestead: Finlay Motorsports No. 5 race report

ROB FINLAY AND MICHAEL VALIANTE SCORE TOP-FIVE FINISH AT HOMESTEAD HOMESTEAD, FL (March 25, 2006) -- As the sun began to set over the Homestead Miami Speedway, the crew of the Make/A/Wish/Z-Line Designs Ford- powered Daytona Prototype prepared...

ROB FINLAY AND MICHAEL VALIANTE SCORE TOP-FIVE FINISH AT HOMESTEAD

HOMESTEAD, FL (March 25, 2006) -- As the sun began to set over the Homestead Miami Speedway, the crew of the Make/A/Wish/Z-Line Designs Ford- powered Daytona Prototype prepared for the drop of the green flag.

Rob Finlay climbed behind the wheel, strapped in and pulled the car off the grid for the start of the Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Finlay starting in the 18th position picked up two positions by the end of the first lap. Settling into the race, Finlay ran competitive lap times and managed to make up a one lap deficit due to excellent race strategy and calm driving skills before turning over the driving duties to his teammate, Michael Valiante.

Valiante took over where Finlay left off and continued to pick off their competitors, finding himself running in the top-10 with impressive lap times. As the race came to a close, the No. 5 machine moved into the top-five, scoring the team's strongest finish of the season. The Finlay Motorsports team will next compete at the famed Long Beach Grand Prix April 8th.

Driver Quotes:

Rob Finlay -- "I'm very excited about our finishing position. The Z-Line Designs/Make-A-Wish Ford Crawford was phenomenal tonight. The car was strong the entire race and we were able to bring home our first top-five finish of the season."

Michael Valiante -- "The race went really well tonight. I made a few mistakes that cost us some time but the car really handled well. We were running up front at the end and I definitely felt that we had a podium car. Rob did a great job; he stayed out of trouble and managed to get the lap back. It's good to come away with a top-five finish heading into Long Beach."

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