Homestead-Miami: Archangel Motorsport preview

Archangel'S Goin' Tropical February 25, 2002, Road Atlanta, GA -- Archangel is heading down to Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida, known as "Racing's Tropical Destination," to defend their 2000 and 2001 SRPII class wins at the Rolex Sports Car...

Archangel'S Goin' Tropical

February 25, 2002, Road Atlanta, GA -- Archangel is heading down to Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida, known as "Racing's Tropical Destination," to defend their 2000 and 2001 SRPII class wins at the Rolex Sports Car Series' Nextel 250. The Nextel 250, to be run on Saturday, March 3, is the second race of the 2002 Rolex Series season and also part of the 20th Anniversary of the Grand Prix of Miami.

The Archangel crew is looking forward to this end-of-winter opportunity to compete at such a beautiful track with its "tropical" weather. The team has experienced tremendous good fortune at Homestead, as evidenced by their repeat wins, and hope that their commitment and preparation will yield yet another podium visit.

Last year's Archangel #21 Nissan Lola B2K/40, with Nigel Greensall and Mike Durand behind the wheel, finished the race 1st in class and 7th overall. The 2000 class win was earned by the driving skills of Larry Oberto and Ryan Hampton. Archangel also holds the Race Average Speed Record in the SRPII class at Homestead with an average race speed of 99.073

This year's effort will have Jeff Tillman and Jeff Clinton behind the wheel of the #21 Budweiser Nissan Lola B2K/40. Tillman and Clinton distinguished themselves at the just-run Rolex 24, where they raced as high as 3rd in class and 10th overall before having their efforts dashed by a mechanical failure.

Archangel's second entry, the #22 www.711.tv / www.purezza.com sponsored Nissan Lola B2K/40 will have Florida's own Joe Safina (Ft. Lauderdale) and Justin Bell (Del Ray Beach). In 2001, Bell competed in the Trans-Am Series and captured the "Rookie of the Year" title by winning the last two races of the season and finishing 5th in points overall.

"In a sense it's very exciting to strive for a repeat win -- and the experience and knowledge we gained with previous wins will hopefully add to our potential to win again," says team owner Mike Johnson. "But, as a team, we don't assume that our previous wins give us any advantage at all over our worthy competitors. We will approach each race with the attitude that this is a new race, with very strong competition, and we must strive for a fresh win."

Johnson, known to many both inside and outside of the racing community for his role as a cast member of MTV's Real World 4 reality-based show, recently appeared in the first four episodes of MTV's "Real World vs. Road Rules Challenge." The challenge pitted two-person teams representing each of both the Real World and Road Rules seasons to date in yet another reality-based challenge.

Homestead-Miami Speedway has prepared a 2.21-mile, 14-turn road course using the track's banked turns and infield sections set inside the 1.5-mile oval. Single-round qualifying for the SRPII class will be on Friday, March 1 at 2:30pm EST with the 104 lap/ 3 hour time limit race beginning at 3:30pm EST on Saturday, March 3.

The Speed Channel will air the race live starting at 3:30pm EST on Saturday, March 2. Additional information about the Rolex Sports Car Series is available at www.grand-am.com and about Archangel Motorsport Services by logging on to www.archangelmotorsports.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Justin Bell , Jeff Clinton , Jeff Tillman , Larry Oberto , Mike Johnson , Nigel Greensall , Joe Safina