Homestead-Miami: Race report

Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway MIAMI, Fla. (March 2, 2002) - Mauro Baldi, Monaco, and Didier Theys, Belgium, teamed up in the Doran Lista Racing Judd-engined Dallara to earn their second straight win in the ...

Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway

MIAMI, Fla. (March 2, 2002) - Mauro Baldi, Monaco, and Didier Theys, Belgium, teamed up in the Doran Lista Racing Judd-engined Dallara to earn their second straight win in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Starting from the pole in the Nextel 250, the pair equaled their finish at last month's Rolex 24 At Daytona, leading most of the way through the 104-lap, 250-mile race.

Great Britain's James Weaver, the defending Grand American driver champion, took the lead briefly in his Dyson Racing Judd-powered Crawford, but was sidelined when a brush with another car caused suspension damage that eventually sent him careening through a trackside gravel trap. He was able to get the car back to pit road for repairs, but it retired a short time later.

The biggest surprise of the race was the GT class winning team of Thierry Perrier, France, and Joao Barbosa, Portugal. The pair piloted their Perspective Racing Mosler MT900R to victory, giving the American boutique manufacturer its first win in professional competition.

Other class winners on the day included Terry Borcheller, Phoenix, and Anthony Lazzaro, Hickory, N.C., in the Rand Racing Nissan/Lola. The pair were also repeat winners, having taken SRPII class honors at Daytona to start the season. Chris Bingham, Bellevue, Wash., and Lewis Bakes, New Canaan, Conn., drove their Park Place Racing Saleen S7R to victory in the GTS division.

A pair of Corvettes entered by Flis Motorsports out of Daytona Beach, Fla., earned first and second in the American GT class. Defending class champions Doug Goad, Farmington Hills, Mich., and Craig Conway, Daytona Beach, finished second to the team's sister car driven by Michael Ciasulli, Union, N.J., and David Haskell, Plantation, Fla.

The next round of the Rolex Sports Car Series will be held at California Speedway in Fontana on March 23.

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