Exemplary Effort By Miracle Motorsports At The Nextel 250 From Homestead
March 2, 2001-Following the Indy Racing League event from the Homestead Speedway today, the green flag dropped for round 2 of the Grand American Road Racing Series. The Nextel 250, slated to begin at 3:30 pm, was cut short due to the IRL event earlier in the day.
After qualifying sessions were canceled Friday, the grid was to be determined by team points. Miracle Motorsports started the event from the 6th position on the grid, with Buddy Rice (Phoenix, AZ) piloting the car. At the close of lap 1, Rice had skillfully gained 4 positions, moving the #6 Ford Riley and Scott to 2nd place.
Rice kept the Miracle Motorsports SRP entry in the top 3 for over 46 laps, when the power steering hose blew, and the throttle stuck on the exit of turn 1. He coasted the car back to the pits where repairs were quickly made. The unscheduled pit stop dropped the Miracle Motorsports team back by approximately 15 laps.
John Macaluso (Winter Haven, FL), team owner and driver, then took the wheel. Macaluso gained several crucial positions over those 22 laps, bringing the car back up into the top 20 positions. Rice took back over for the closing laps of the event. Finishing 17th overall, the #6 Miracle Motorsports Ford remained 4th in the SRP class at the Homestead Speedway.
"Obviously we are a little disappointed, we had a great car and made a really good showing this weekend. Overall, we are very pleased with the way the race played out for us," stated Macaluso, "we simply had a bit of bad luck. That's racing. However, Buddy did a great job not hurting the car, especially when he lost power steering and the throttle on the same turn. It's unfortunate that we had the problems we did, but we'll be back to turn a few heads again."