Homestead pre-race quotes

JAMES WEAVER (No. 16 Dyson Racing Team Ford R&S) Everything is great. I always look forward to racing. This is an interesting track with the oval and the infield section. Car’s doing well. Weather’s fantastic. So, what could possibly go wrong.

JAMES WEAVER (No. 16 Dyson Racing Team Ford R&S) Everything is great. I always look forward to racing. This is an interesting track with the oval and the infield section. Car’s doing well. Weather’s fantastic. So, what could possibly go wrong. Brilliant, the car is really flying. We’re happy with it. Every track is different. Homestead has its own unique character. The layout is good. I think the infield is probably a little bit on the slow side. It’s a good track.

OLIVER GAVIN (No. 37 InterSport Racing Judd Lola) My ride for this race came about through Jon (Field). I drove for him last year and we had a reasonably good season, a very good season at times. So far we’ve had a little bit of a topsy-turvy time here. It’s not been fantastic so far. Jon’s happy to go out and qualify the car. Hopefully it will set us in the pole position (they qualified third). We fill pretty comfortable that we’ve got a very good chance in being one of the positions on the podium tomorrow. When thinking about it, that’s our goal. Then we’ll just build it up for the rest of the year and see how things progress. It’s very smooth and a very challenging track to drive. Certainly with the banking, it’s quite unusual. It’s not a particularly steep banking, not as steep as it could be, sort of like Daytona. So, it’s a challenge, actually. You’ve really got to be able to have the car setup correctly so you be able to take it flat out as well as some of the other corners here. You got to have the car setup correctly for traction and to have the cars have good chase for the race to get through the tighter sort of hairpin corners. But we’re just working away trying to find a good setup for it cause it’s sort of unusual to the rest of the surfaces we do tend to drive on over here in America. Which tend to be kind of fast and sweeping and hide speed corners. Where as here, it’s just one really big high-speed corner, which is the back one. We were second in the last session and I do want to be in first place. So we’re working on that. I was supposed to be driving the Saleen factory car this weekend in Texas, but they are having so much success with the customer cars that they had a large amount of customers looking for race cars, they couldn’t sustain our three race while supplying the customer cars. So they gave our race cars to the customers.

JON FIELD (No. 37 Intersport Racing Judd Lola) (Oliver) Gavin’s driving with me. He’s driven with me in the past. He’s very good. I think we have a realistic chance at having a win here. We’re motivated to try to win and we’re struggling a little with the slow corners with some understeer, but we’re working on that so I think we can maybe work through that so we can win the race. The car is very good in the oval and very quick so we’re right there. We’re chasing James and Butch a little bit, still trying to catch up. It’s an awesome track. I love the track. Just our car is struggling with the concrete patches. Very slick, but the track and facilities are state-of-the-art. We love coming here every year. I look forward to Homestead. It’s very well maintained. This will be the third time. We ran the infield one year; and, then last year, we ran the oval. It’s a great track.

MAURO BALDI (No. 27 Lista Doran Racing Judd Crawford) The car doesn’t perform the way we want. It’s a brand new car, and this is the second race we do with this car. And it’s not fast enough yet. We have taken a second off the time that we did last year with the Ferrari Judd, but we’re working on it. We thought we would have a good handling package for Homestead, but it hasn’t worked out that way. Every time we go out we prove something that we need to make a dramatic change for the next race and that will be Phoenix in March. Our goal is to finish the race and we would like to be in the top three.

- JJ O'Malley

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Series Grand-Am
Teams Dyson Racing , Doran Racing