Howard-Boss Motorsports Victorious in Exciting Grand Prix of Miami Duno Becomes First Female To Capture Overall Rolex Series Win MIAMI, Fla. (February 28, 2004) -- Englishman Andy Wallace and Venezuelan Milka Duno gave Howard-Boss Motorsports...
Howard-Boss Motorsports Victorious in Exciting Grand Prix of Miami
Duno Becomes First Female To Capture Overall Rolex Series Win
MIAMI, Fla. (February 28, 2004) -- Englishman Andy Wallace and Venezuelan Milka Duno gave Howard-Boss Motorsports its first win in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series on Saturday, taking the checkered flag in the Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The victory was a milestone, as Duno became the first female driver to ever take the overall victory in a Rolex Series race.
Duno started the No. 2 CITGO Pontiac Crawford in the 15th position and handed the reigns over to co-driver Wallace on lap 43 of the 109-lap race. The Englishman then bullied his way through the field to move into the top three.
A late-race caution set up at 14-lap sprint to the checkered flag. The CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing No. 02 Lexus Riley XI led the field back to the green flag, but driver Luis Diaz slid into the grass in turn two on the restart, bringing out the double yellows yet again and resulting in a 10-lap shootout to the checkered. When it returned to green again, it was Max Papis in the CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing No. 01 Lexus Daytona Prototype at the front. However, Jan Magnussen was nipping at his heels in the Doran-Lista Racing No. 27 Lexus Doran JE4.
The pair of Lexus-powered Daytona Prototypes fought for the lead, while Wallace sat back in third place watching the battle in front of him. On lap 101, the No. 27 and No. 01 cars began running door-to-door, banging into each other as they came onto the front stretch. As the two went into turn one, they finally spun each other out due to contact, allowing Wallace to breeze by and take the lead.
Magnussen and Papis met with Grand American officials following the race and were informed that penalties will be assessed following review of video footage of the race early next week.
In its debut race, the G&W Motorsports No. 81 Rx.com BMW Doran of Cort Wagner and Brent Martini took second place overall, while local drivers Oswaldo Negri and Burt Frisselle brought home third-place honors in the Michael Shank Racing No. 6 Lexus Doran.
After a disappointing finish at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Performance Technology Group swept the top-two spots in the GT class. Boris Said and Bill Auberlen took top honors in the No. 21 BMW M3, while their teammates Joey Hand and Justin Marks finished second in the No. 22 BMW. The win by the No. 21 car, coupled with its fast qualifying time, earned the team a $5,000 bonus check in the Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge.
The Racer's Group No. 67 Porsche GT3 RS of Kevin Buckler and Liz Halliday finished third in the GT class.
Craig Stanton and David Murry overtook the entire SGS field to take the class win in the AASCO Motorsports No. 16 Porsche GT3 Cup. The pair was forced to start at the back of the grid after failing technical inspection following qualifying. However, Murry was able to maneuver his way to the front of the class, and Stanton took it to the checkered. TPC Racing rounded out the SGS podium with Randy Pobst and Michael Levitas taking second in the team's No. 36 Porsche and Marc Bunting and Andy Lally finishing third in the No. 38 Porsche.
The Grand Prix of Miami will be aired on SPEED Channel on Saturday, March 7 at 4 p.m. ET.
The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series will return to action in April with the Phoenix 250 at Phoenix International Raceway. Tickets are currently on sale for the April 8-10 event and can be purchased online at www.phoenixinternationalraceway.com.
For more information on the Rolex Series and Grand Prix of Miami visit www.grandamerican.com.