Homestead race report

MIAMI, Fla. – Joe Varde and David Amick, points leaders in the Motorola Cup road racing series Presented by NewTech Brakes, won their third straight race Saturday at the Miami-Homestead Speedway. Driving the Team Amick/Grant-A-Wish Foundation...

MIAMI, Fla. – Joe Varde and David Amick, points leaders in the Motorola Cup road racing series Presented by NewTech Brakes, won their third straight race Saturday at the Miami-Homestead Speedway. Driving the Team Amick/Grant-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Viper, Varde, of Charlotte, N.C., sped his way to the finish line at an average speed of 81.488 miles per hour, and beat challenger Richard Spenard by a scant 2.053 seconds.

Car owner David Amick, Batesburg, S.C., started the race for the winners, and turned the car over to Varde on the 25TH of 102 laps, but Varde was unable to gain the lead until lap 94.

“The last time the yellow flag came out, we re-started on lap 85 and there were 14 cars between me and the leader,” said Varde. “I thought we were done for, but we’d taken on right side Hoosier tires during our last pit stop, and few other teams did.” Spenard shared the NewTech Brakes Porsche 993 with fellow Canadian Jean-Francois Domoulin, who celebrated his 24th birthday here. “Our advantage was in the infield area of the track,” said Spenard. “With the Porsche twin turbo’s power, if we’d have focused some of the chassis setup on the oval, we’d have been even stronger, but I’m pleased to see the Corvettes, the Vipers and the Porsches all seem to be evenly-matched by the Motorola Cup rules.” David Brown, Pahrump, Nev., and Zippo Motorsports Ford Mustang Cobra team owner John Kohler, Bradford, Pa., won the Grand Sports when Brown took the lead with only minutes remaining. “I didn’t have radio communications with the team, so I didn’t even know we’d won the race,” said Brown, who won the class at Phoenix two weeks ago in another of the team’s cars.

Twenty-year old Joe Moser, Northville, Mich., drove in his first professional race Saturday at Miami-Homestead. He also raced with his father, Bob, for the first time, after two years of competing against his dad. And, they shared their first win as father and son in their first race together.

“We’ve had fun racing our Hondas against each other, but to win the first time we’re teammates in the same car, that’s very special,” said Bob Moser. Joe, who just completed his sophomore year at the University of Michigan, said the team plans a second King Motorsports Acura Integra R for the rest of the season, planning to involve his younger brother, Rob, who last weekend competed in his first professional driver’s school.

The C2K class, for the third time this year, was won by Bryan Johnson, Marysville, Oh., who shared one of the Honda of America Racing Team Honda Civic Si’s with Mike Galati, Olmstead Twp., Ohio. “Our car was on its third engine of the weekend this morning, and this one was out of a street car,” said Johnson, an engineer at Honda’s manufacturing and research facilities in Ohio. “The credit all goes to the HART for being able to overcome those problems and prove that either one of our two race cars can be winners.”

Associate sponsors of the Motorola Cup series are Hoosier Tire, Sunoco, v Deringer, Sony, Castrol, Speed Stick and Satisfied.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Richard Spénard , John Kohler , David Brown , David Amick , Joe Varde
Teams HART