Homestead: Joao Barbosa preview

João Barbosa and the Perspective Racing Team looking for another GTS win at the Nextel 250 at Homestead, Riviera Beach, FL. (February 26, 2003) - The Grand American Rolex Sports car Championship kicked off last month with the 41st running of...

João Barbosa and the Perspective Racing Team looking for another GTS win at the Nextel 250 at Homestead,

Riviera Beach, FL. (February 26, 2003) - The Grand American Rolex Sports car Championship kicked off last month with the 41st running of the Rolex Daytona 24 Hours. João Barbosa, along with Perspective Racing and the Mosler MT900R running in the GTS class, achieved a memorable victory in a race that will stand as one of the most difficult of his career so far.

This week the Rolex Grand-Am series moves to the Homestead - Miami Speedway for the second round. Once again, Joao Barbosa and Perspective Racing will be at the start, trying to win a race that has fond memories for Joao Barbosa and the team: "Homestead is a special place for me" said Barbosa. "I won my first Grand-Am race here last year, I was on Pole-Position, and had to work hard for the win." In effect, Joao Barbosa had to overcome some delays to overtake the leading GT car with less than one hour left in race, after being in 4th position one lap behind the leaders at the halfway point.

Still on a high after the Rolex 24 at Daytona win, Joao Barbosa is optimistic for next weekend's race: "We have proved that the Mosler MT900R is competitive and reliable. The problems that we had at Daytona were things that happen in racing, and in no way should reflect on the team or on the car. With Perspective Racing I know that I always have a car that has been thoroughly prepared, and a team that is dedicated to win, and that was proved at Daytona, where the mechanics were simply phenomenal in dealing with the problemas that affected us. Warren Mosler has built a car that is a match for the best that GM, Porsche and Ferrari can throw at us."

So what are Joao Barbosa's thoughts for this race? "We always go to a race to win. That is always our goal. We have some stiff competition, but we are well prepared. The main objective is to win the GTS class, which is where we compete, but we will try to be on the Podium overall, and who knows, if there is a chance, we will go for the overall win. The new Daytona Sportscars are fast, well driven so it won't be easy, but we will try."

At Homestead, Joao Barbosa will again be driving with Michel Neugarten from Monaco. "Michel and I have raced together before. He is very experienced, fast and very good with car. We make a good combination, and besides, Michel is fun to be around. I always look forward to race with him"

Originally from Portugal, João Barbosa is a highly respected driver with a growing worldwide fan base and a commitment to continuing achievement in the sport of racing. He is an experienced and award-winning driver whose credits include winning the Portuguese Go Kart Championship (1988-1990), the Hong Kong Junior Go Kart Grand Prix in 1990, the Portuguese Formula Ford Championship (1994), Rookie of the Year in the Italian Formula 3 Championship, the Rising Star Award in the Formula Kool/Toyota Atlantic Championship, 3rd overall in the 2002 GT Driver Standings of the Grand Am Championship and winner of the GTS Class at the 2003 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Barbosa also raced in the Go Kart World Championship, the International Sports Racing Series (ISRS), the Grand Am, the ALMS, the Japanese Grand Touring Championship, as well as test driving for the Scuderia Minardi Formula 1 Team.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Joao Barbosa , Michel Neugarten