Homestead-Miami: Thursday morning updates

Nextel 250 Boasts Homestead's Largest Sports Car Field Ever MIAMI, Fla. (February 28, 2002) -- This weekend's Nextel 250, part of the 20th Anniversary Grand Prix of Miami, will host the largest sports car field ever in Homestead. The 250-mile...

Nextel 250 Boasts Homestead's Largest Sports Car Field Ever

MIAMI, Fla. (February 28, 2002) -- This weekend's Nextel 250, part of the 20th Anniversary Grand Prix of Miami, will host the largest sports car field ever in Homestead. The 250-mile race featuring the five classes of the Rolex Sports Car Series currently has 36 cars slated to run Saturday, March 2 on Homestead-Miami Speedway's road course.

The Nextel 250 boasts a wide variety of cars and drivers from around the world. Saturday's race will host drivers from nine countries, including Great Britain, France, Monaco, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Austria, The Netherlands and Germany. The top sports cars from Europe like Porsche, BMW, Ferrari and Marcos will race against American favorites like Corvette, Pontiac and Mustang. Exotic entries from Lola, Picchio, Mosler, Crawford, Dallara and Riley & Scott will also take to the 2.4-mile road course during the event.

Practice sessions are being held throughout the afternoon today, and qualifying for the Nextel 250 will take place on Friday afternoon. The race will get underway following the Indy Racing League's 20th Anniversary Grand Prix of Miami on Saturday. The Nextel 250 will be aired live on SPEED Channel with coverage starting at 3:30 p.m. ET. Tickets are available for the Nextel 250, part of 20th Anniversary Grand Prix of Miami, on the Homestead-Miami Speedway website at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com. They may also be purchased by calling 305-230-RACE or by visiting any Ticketmaster outlet.

2001 SRPII Champion Added to Momentum Motorcars Picchio Lineup

2001 SportsRacing Prototype II driver champion Andy Lally has been added to the driver lineup of the #07 Momentum Motorcars BMW-powered Picchio. Lally was selected as a co-driver in the Momentum Motorcars Picchio after G&W Motorsports held driver auditions and test sessions at Virginia International Raceway last week.

"I am thrilled to be added to the G&W driver lineup! I was very impressed with the drivability and grip that the car was able to make at VIR last week," Lally said. "We are still in the very early stages of development with the car, and although it will be a tough battle this year, the car is showing a lot of promise from the get go and I know these guys can make the most of it."

Lally will join another 2001 driver champion in the Momentum Motorcars Picchio. GT champion Darren Law has moved up into the SRPII class for the 2002 season. The pair of champions will share driving duties with Armando Trentini at this weekend's Nextel 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Said Hops Redeye To Race In Nextel 250

Veteran road racer Boris Said was testing in Southern California yesterday when he received a phone call from his old friend Jim Bell asking if he wanted to go racing this weekend. Said hopped on a redeye last night and landed in Miami this morning in order join Ron Atapatu in the #54 Bell Motorsports BMW M3 this weekend. Bell captured his first victory with the #54 BMW at last year's Nextel 250 and hopes to defend his title this weekend in the GT class. Bell is a resident of nearby Tavernier, Fla., and would like to not only see his team defend its GT title, but also do it on his home track.

Konrad Brings Second Saleen to Homestead

Austrian Franz Konrad entered his #31 Konrad Motorsports Saleen S7R into the Nextel 250 today. The Konrad Saleen is the second to enter the race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He will be sharing driving duties with Brit Earl Goodard this weekend. The #5 Park Place Ltd./Magnadrive/Transgroup/Gatorz Saleen S7R is also entered in the race with 2001 GTS champion Chris Bingham and Lewis Bakes behind the wheel.

Additional information about the Rolex Sports Car Series is available online at www.grand-am.com.

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