Homestead II: Finlay Motorsports preview

Breaking News from Finlay Motorsports: Michael McDowell and Daniel Di Leo will team up in hopes of delivering Finlay Motorsports their first win in Grand American Cup competition. McDowell has campaigned the ...

Breaking News from Finlay Motorsports: Michael McDowell and Daniel Di Leo will team up in hopes of delivering Finlay Motorsports their first win in Grand American Cup competition. McDowell has campaigned the #83 Porsche for Finlay Motorsports with Rob Finlay co-driving throughout the 2004 season. This weekend, Finlay is stepping out of the car to begin building the future of his growing Motorsports franchise.

CHARLOTTE, NC -- Sept. 17, 2004 - With the 2005 Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona around the corner, Finlay Motorsports is using the remainder of the 2004 Grand American Cup Series to test potential talent for the launch of their Daytona Prototype program in 2005. This weekend at the Miami 250 being held at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the two points leaders, Michael McDowell and Daniel Di Leo, from the highly competitive Star Mazda Series, will team up in hopes of delivering Finlay Motorsports their first win in Grand American Cup competition.

Michael McDowell has campaigned the #83 Porsche for Finlay Motorsports with Rob Finlay co-driving throughout the 2004 season. This weekend, Rob Finlay is stepping out of the car to begin building the future of his growing Motorsports franchise. Finlay Motorsports will continue to run the #83 Porsche 996 in 2005 Grand American Cup and will add a Riley Daytona Prototype to the team's garage for the 2005 Rolex Sports Car Series.

"We are looking to build our team and our motorsports business with the best talent we can find. This is a great opportunity to take two professional talents and see what kind of success they can generate. Our Daytona Prototype program is launching at the 24 Hour in January and we have a ton of work to do between now and then. Step one is putting the right driver combination together to challenge for a championship. We start that search this weekend," Finlay commented.

"This is going to be a very challenging weekend for me," explained Di Leo in a recent phone interview. "It will be my first time in a sports car and with the shortened weekend due to the current weather situation I will only have two sessions to get used to the closed wheel cars. I am quite certain that I will do well and am very confident that the team will field a great car."

Michael McDowell sees this weekend as both a tremendous opportunity for Finlay Motorsports and the beginning of the 2005 season. "We have run extremely well this season with Rob at the wheel and it will be a change not having him pilot the #83 car. This is just a reminder of Rob's vision for the team. He is passing up the seat to plan for the future. I have battled with Daniel on the track for quite some time and know he is a talent. This weekend we'll see if we can deliver some real magic. Daniel has not been in this type of car before but I feel he's up to the challenge. We are looking to run very competitively in 2005 with both our 996 and Prototype program. This weekend we hope we can begin the march to 2005 but we also want to visit the winners circle."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Michael McDowell , Rob Finlay