Miami Grand Prix: Mustang GTS is faster than some Prototypes. Sandwiched exactly between the only four (4) Daytona Prototypes on the starting grid, there on the inside of the second row, will be the GTS Mustang of Heritage Motorsports, owned by...
Miami Grand Prix: Mustang GTS is faster than some Prototypes.
Sandwiched exactly between the only four (4) Daytona Prototypes on the starting grid, there on the inside of the second row, will be the GTS Mustang of Heritage Motorsports, owned by Vermonter Dave Machavern. "We're really excited to be starting third, today", said Machavern, who will be co-driving today's race with Tommy Riggins. "Tommy (Riggins) and the whole team have worked very, very hard to qualify well against the prototypes, plus we've got some strong GTS efforts on our heels. We put our race set-up on the car for this morning's practice and it's running well and consistent. The crew has put a good car under us." The Hertiage Mustang is the only GTS class car in the top five (5) starting positions for the 3 p.m. start.
Tommy Riggins (Jacksonville, FL), car builder, team engineer and driver, grabbed a spot on the second row and will lead the GTS class to the green flag on Saturday. Riggins put together a 111.075 mph lap in 1':17.785" at the wheel of the Heritage Motorsports #48 Mustang during Friday afternoon's qualifying.
(Riggins) "Our car is more of a one-lap flyer. Our race pace will be off the Daytona Prototypes a pretty good bit, but we've got the horsepower and we can stretch our legs out here on the banking. We're looking for a good race, because there are a lot of GTS cars here. It's a strong field," said Riggins, whose fast lap earned Heritage Motorsports the Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge GTS top-qualifier prize.
The south Florida heat and humidity will definitely be a factor in this afternoon's race. A mix of seventeen of the new Daytona Prototypes and production oriented GTS and GT cars, with a loan Sports Racer Prototype (from the old formula and starting last) will maike up the field for this top level sports car contest.
"We'll be working toward championship points during the entire Grand American ROLEX season for 2003," said Machavern.