Homestead: Ten Motorsports qualifying report

TEN MOTORSPORTS LOOKS TO REBOUND IN MIAMI AFTER ROLEX HOMESTEAD, FL -- March 4, 2005 -- The dawn of a new day is upon the Grand Am Rolex series following the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Moving towards a more subdued pace, the series won't...

TEN MOTORSPORTS LOOKS TO REBOUND IN MIAMI AFTER ROLEX

HOMESTEAD, FL -- March 4, 2005 -- The dawn of a new day is upon the Grand Am Rolex series following the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Moving towards a more subdued pace, the series won't conclude the next 24 hours of racing this season until a mid-summer showdown at Daytona International Speedway or Barber Motorsports Park. This weekend the Daytona Prototypes share Homestead Miami Speedway with Indy Racing League's IndyCar and Infiniti Pro series.

The number 19 suffered a power steering issue early in the first practice session. The DP remained garaged during the second session; rather than take to the track during the morning's inclement weather. Instead the team opted to continue to tweak the car for the final practice prior to qualifying. A steamy sun chased away the precipitation before the third practice session. Memo Gidley posted the fifth best lap of the third session, as enthusiasm brewed in the team's garage leading up to qualifying.

The qualifying session ended abruptly as two cars wound up in the gravel at turn one in lap two. Gidley was pleased that his sole time was worthy of the eighth qualifying position: "It's frustrating when you only get a few minutes on the track to qualify and barely have a chance to break in the tires. Regardless I'm pleased of where we are. The car felt solid and I think we're in for a strong race tomorrow."

Michael McDowell expressed his renewed appreciation for a sprint race following the team's debut at the Rolex 24: "My first 24 was an amazing experience -- one that I'll never forget, but I'm looking forward to a good old fashion sprint race." McDowell added, "A shorter race puts more control in the drivers' hands, and we can take a much more aggressive tact in getting to the finish."

Ten Motorsports hits the track for the final practice tomorrow morning at 8:15 before the green flag is unfurled for the Grand Prix of Miami at 3:00 pm.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Memo Gidley , Michael McDowell