Homestead-Miami: Post-race quotes

MAURO BALDI, Doran Lista Racing ...

MAURO BALDI, Doran Lista Racing #27 Lista Judd Dallara
Overall Winner and SportsRacing Prototype Winner

"I think the most important part of the race was the early going when we were fighting with James Weaver. That was the race, I think. After that things went smoothly for us. It is always a great accomplishment to win, and we're all very happy."

DIDIER THEYS, Doran Lista Racing #27 Lista Judd Dallara
Overall Winner and SportsRacing Prototype Winner

"The car was perfect. Once again it is the great preparation that Kevin Doran and the entire Doran Lista team does that gives us results like this. The car was very reliable for me and I had no problems. I was actually hoping for more competition, but I think the #16 had a suspension problem or something like that. My job was to just be as smooth as possible and bring the car home in one piece."

"The Goodyear tires were fine for me; they were perfect. The car had perfect balance and really it was a simple job for me. I think it was easier for me today than Mauro because I drove when it was darker and cooler, and the car likes the cooler temperatures. Traffic wasn't bad. Everybody was very cautious. It was a great day. Anytime you win its great."

JOE FIELD, Intersport Racing #37 Banana Joe's Judd Lola
Second Place Overall & Second Place SportsRacing Prototype

"I got in the car and after about four laps the clutch went out on the back stretch, and then when I got into the oval, James (Weaver) and me collided up in there. When I came back around and went into one, I got hit by the 28 car. So, it wasn't a great lap. But, we had to regroup and try to set down the laps and not break the equipment."

On the possibility that his nephew Clint was in the #28 car:
"I wish he would have been. Then I could have hit him back. But seriously, they were just innocent hits, but it still wakes you up out there. We got second. We wanted to get first, but we'll take it. We were afraid the car was going to break. Jon did a really good job of taking care of it in his final stint."

IAN JAMES, Blackforest Motorsports Group #28 Ford Riley & Scott
Third Place SportsRacing Prototype

"A lot of hard work has gone into this. Allan bought the car last year and brought it out for a few races. Bryan Nott from Blackforest Motorsports runs a great operation."

ALLAN ZIEGELMAN, Blackforest Motorsports Group #28 Ford Riley & Scott
Third Place SportsRacing Prototype

"We were a little bit disappointed sitting in the pits all those minutes watching second place slip away from us. But we are just tickled to be out here finishing third in class. I would like to thank Bryan Nott. He did a terrific job, as well as all the guys at Blackforest Motorsports. They worked really hard to get this."

ANTHONY LAZZARO, Rand Racing/Risi Competizione #8 Nissan Lola
First Place SportsRacing Prototype II & Third Place Overall
(Lazzaro also drove in the IRL race at Homestead, finishing ninth)

"The two teams did a great job with both cars. The ninth place in the IRL was pretty good, but not as good as I would have hoped. I think we could have had a better day there. But it was a different deal over here with Grand-Am and Bill Rand Racing. They did an awesome job to repair the car from the damage it had in practice the other day. To come back and run the whole race and win the whole race is quite an accomplishment."

"Normally in the shorter races we can't do as well overall, but the team and car have been awesome. We've run three races and we've won three races, so as I keep saying, we are trying to go for that perfect score."

TERRY BORCHELLER, Rand Racing/Risi Competizione #8 Nissan Lola
First Place SportsRacing Prototype II & Third Place Overall
(the #8 was substantially damaged in a crash on Friday and missed several rounds of practice)

"Actually, I didn't lose as much time as you think, because the first day I did all the sessions. So, I actually got a fair amount of time in the car. I had a day where I kind of sat. But it was kind of hectic for the crew. They worked nonstop. With the incident, they had a lot more time. So they kind of took their time putting it back together."

CHRIS BINGHAM, Park Place Racing #5 Magnadrive/Transgroup/Gatorz Saleen S7R
First Place GTS

"It was a great day. It was too bad for Konrad. We were running up on him pretty good, and something happened to him in the oval and he lost it. It's real unfortunate, but it's racing. We had a good run. My new co-driver for this year, Lew Bakes, who came from the Ferrari Challenge Series, did a great job in the car, and we're happy to come home first."

LEWIS BAKES, Park Place Racing #5 Magnadrive/Transgroup/Gatorz Saleen S7R
First Place GTS

"It was lot's of fun. I've come from two years in the Ferrari Challenge, and in the Challenge you shift using your hands, not your feet and your hands. So it's a big transition to a different kind of gearbox, but Chris and Kurt did a real great job helping me through the transition."

MICHAEL CIASULI, Flis Motorsports #90 Maxon Auto Group Corvette
First Place American GT

"It was really great. I was in the car for about 52 laps. I brought the car in position two. We did very good pit work. Dave (Haskell) did a fabulous job in the car, drove great, consistent laps. Flis Motorsports did unbelievably. We ended up with a 16-second lead, and if there's anyone we'd want to come in second to it's these guys (No. 09). Oddly enough, I'm the AGT points leader now. We won at Daytona, and here I am, first place on the podium again. I've got to pinch myself."

DAVID HASKELL, Flis Motorsports #90 Maxon Auto Group Corvette
First Place American GT

"It's awesome. Flis Motorsports is 100-percent professional. The car was perfect. I've never driven an AGT car before Thursday, and it's a great car. I can't believe how great it was."

CRAIG CONWAY, Flis Motorsports #09 Indicom Auto Group/Microflexinc.com Corvette
Second Place American GT

"If anybody should beat us, it's good that it's them. We did have a bad fuel stumble or misfire all day. Ultimately, that hurt us. But at least we're still on the podium. We're OK with that. That's probably the fastest un-sponsored AGT team in the world."

DOUG GOAD, Flis Motorsports #09 Indicom Auto Group/Microflexinc.com Corvette
Second Place American GT

"Dave and Michael did a great job. They had a great car. It's the same car we ran a few years ago, it's reliable, and they showed it. We had a little bit of a misfire, that gave us like running a governor out there, and it was an equalizer. There was nothing I could do with David. I was running absolutely flat, and he just stayed there, 10 seconds ahead, for about an hour and five minutes. I just couldn't believe it, they were unbelievable."

JOAO BARBOSA, Perspective Motorsports #25 ParisHotel.com Mosler MT900 R
First Place GT (First Rolex Series Win for Mosler)

"This is a win for Mr. Clinton and all his team and family, because it was really rough to race after what happened. But we have to follow through and keep doing what we do. We have to keep racing for us and also for them."

"The car did really well. The team had a good strategy at the end, and I was really able to keep a good pace. The Dunlop tires did a great job, and the Mosler MT900 was awesome from the beginning to the end."

"I don't think we have to worry about gearbox problems anymore. I think now the other teams have to worry about the Mosler being on the podium. And maybe who knows... trying to win the championship."

"I have been waiting a long to finally be on top of the podium. We proved the car is really great and really fast. Unfortunately we weren't reliable, but now we have proved that the car is reliable and very quick."

BILL AUBERLEN, Scuderia Ferrari of Washington #33 Ferrari 360 GT
Second Place GT

"The car was perfect. Ferrari of Washington did an excellent job. Cort did a fantastic job. There was no way we could keep pace with the Mosler, no way. They motored by us two seconds a lap."

CORT WAGNER, Scuderia Ferrari of Washington #33 Ferrari 360 GT
Second Place GT

"We really enjoyed the car. Ferrari built a really nice piece, and Ferrari of Washington, Allie Ash and the team, prepared a real great effort and we're excited to drive with Bill (Auberlen) and have a great effort, with a good team and a good car. Finishing second behind the Mosler isn't as disappointing as if it was behind a Porsche, but the Mosler is really better suited for this track than I think we are. But our day will come. We're really enjoying our car. They've been running that car (the Mosler) for a year and a half, and they finally found a victory. Good for them, I'm happy they won it. But just watch out for the little red car."

RANDY POBST, ZIP Racing/Crazy Redhead #35 Alliance Residential/Weather Tech/Alpinehut.com Porsche GT3 R
Third Place GT

"The Fordahl Motorsports Crazy Redhead team pulled one right out of a hat this weekend. The Porsche had a little bit of contact with the wall on Thursday, and they basically made a miracle happen on Friday, with help from ZIP Racing. They put the Porsche back together again, and Kim Hiskey and I had a great race. The car wasn't handling quite right, but it was running strong for the entire Nextel 250."

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