Homestead II: G&W Motorsports preview

G&W Motorsports Looks to Repeat Prior Success in Miami MIAMI, Fla. (September 17, 2004) -- G&W Motorsports will travel to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend for the second time this season, competing in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car...

G&W Motorsports Looks to Repeat Prior Success in Miami

MIAMI, Fla. (September 17, 2004) -- G&W Motorsports will travel to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend for the second time this season, competing in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Miami 250 and Grand-Am Cup El Combate de Velocidad! 250.

Originally scheduled to run last weekend, the event was delayed one week and condensed into two days in order allow Florida resident to recover from Hurricane Frances and avoid severe weather from Hurricane Ivan that threatened South Florida.

The Rx.com G&W Motorsports team heads into Miami with high hopes. The Rx.com No. 81 BMW Doran successfully debuted at Homestead-Miami Speedway in February during the Grand Prix of Miami, scoring a second-place finish right out of the box. The team returned to the podium in Phoenix and claimed the points lead. However, a midseason string of bad luck kept the team off the podium and dropped it back in the points.

After an encouraging race last month at Watkins Glen, the Rx.com team hopes to repeat its past success at Homestead-Miami Speedway and return to the podium - this time on top.

"I've always had great success as Homestead," said Rx.com driver Cort Wagner (Los Angeles, Calif.), who will share the Rx.com No. 81 Daytona Prototype with Brent Martini (Laguna Beach, Calif.) this weekend. "It's a challenge. I love the banking they redid last year. The race at the beginning of the year was incredibly exciting because of a couple of incidents with a few of the Daytona Prototypes. I think we would have possibly won that race if given a couple of extra laps. The Doran is suited to do really well there."

In addition to the Rx.com Daytona Prototype, G&W Motorsports will also field Porsches in the Rolex Series Super Grand Sport (SGS) class and Grand-Am Cup Series.

Mae Van Wijk (Kingwood, Texas) will pilot the No. 86 Porsche GT3 Cup, sponsored by pipeservicestt.com and autobysite.com. Van Wijk is not only the sole female racer in the SGS class, but also the only female in the series to own her own race car.

The 21 year old has progressively improved throughout the season, taking a career-best finish of fifth in class at Mont-Tremblant and then topping at the very next race with fourth in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. This weekend, Van Wijk will seek her first podium finish.

Joe Fox (Charlotte, N.C.) and Tracy Krohn (Manderville, La.) will be at the wheel of the No. 81 Porsche 996, sponsored by W&T Offshore and Brooke, in the El Combate de Velocidad! 250 this weekend. The duo garnered its best finish of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway earlier this season during the Grand-Am Cup race in March, and will try to repeat its success on Saturday.

Because of the event's delayed date and condensed schedule, both series will forego qualifying and position on the starting grid based upon team owner points. Practice will begin Saturday morning and the Grand-Am Cup Series El Combate de Velocidad! 250 will get underway at 2:45 p.m. SPEED Channel will air the race on a same-day tape delayed basis at 10 p.m. ET.

The Rolex Series will take the green flag on Sunday at 11 a.m., with live coverage on SPEED Channel.

For ticket information visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com. Additional information on the Rolex Series and Grand-Am Series, as well as Zippo Live Timing & Scoring of all on-track activities, is available at www.grandamerican.com.

G&W Motorsports, based outside of Danville, Va., at Virginia International Raceway, is the most successful team in the Rolex Sports Car Series, capturing the inaugural GT championship in 2000, both the GT and GTS championships in 2001 and the SRP II championship in 2003. G&W Motorsports is the only team to compete in every Rolex Series race since the series' inception, accumulating 15 class wins and more than 50 podium finishes in class. For additional information on G&W Motorsports, visit www.gandwmotorsports.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Brent Martini , Mae Van Wijk , Tracy Krohn , Joe Fox