Homestead: Finlay Motorsports preview

The Hunt Is On...The Prey...The Championship MOORESVILLE, NC (March 20, 2006) -- With two races under their belts, the driving duo of Memo Gidley and Michael McDowell head into Homestead a mere two points out of first place in the Grand American...

The Hunt Is On...The Prey...The Championship

MOORESVILLE, NC (March 20, 2006) -- With two races under their belts, the driving duo of Memo Gidley and Michael McDowell head into Homestead a mere two points out of first place in the Grand American Rolex Series team point standings. The team's strategy, 'It's all about the points,' seems to be paying off thus far.

The No. 19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms-sponsored machine has consistently finished in the top-10 and run up front in the first two races of the season. The Rolex 24 at Daytona found the team finishing in the sixth position while leading 36 laps. The team's most recent endeavor, the Mexico City 250, also found the team running as high as second and finishing an impressive eighth place after being forced off track and having to make a charge back into the top-10.

"We have made some big improvements on the car," explained McDowell. "I feel that with the information we gathered at Daytona and Mexico we will have a competitive car at Homestead. Memo and I are really focused on the championship and getting the team's first win of the season." The Linder Industrial Komatsu Grand Prix of Miami will be the second Grand American Rolex Series race of the season to be run under the lights and should prove to be an exhilarating one at that. "I am really looking forward to the next race at Homestead," stated the likeable Gidley.

"Racing under the lights Saturday night should be very exciting and the battles with the other cars is going to be intense and very challenging… just what I love. The entire crew on the Playboy/Uniden/Palms racing team is really working well together and the Ford/Crawford has just been really strong wherever we have been. I am confident we will be fighting for the top spot."

Rolex Series practice begins Thursday, March 23 at 2:45 p.m., with qualifying scheduled to take place on Friday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. The green flag for round three of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve drops at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 25th. The 250-mile/109-laps/2-hour 45 minute time limit contest is scheduled to be broadcast on the Speed Channel at 8:00 p.m. ET, be sure to check your local listings.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Memo Gidley , Michael McDowell