MIAMI (May 3, 2000) – Two weeks ago, Robinson Racing called on Irv Hoerr to drive with Jack Baldwin on the eve of the Sun Automotive 200 at Phoenix International, and the pair drove to victory in the Grand American Road Racing Association event.
Wednesday, Hoerr got an early call, and the six-time sports car champion will rejoin Baldwin at the wheel of the Informix Riley & Scott Judd for Sunday’s Grand-Am Nextel 250.
Team owner George Robinson will attend the race, but has not fully recovered from the illness which forced him out of the cockpit at Phoenix.
"Even though I’m feeling much better, I am not physically ready to drive," said Robinson. "I am confident that both Jack and Irv will run a good race."
"While I’ll miss co-driving with George, and would prefer to have him in the car, there’s nobody better to have as a replacement than Irv Hoerr," said Baldwin. "I’ve raced with Irv for the past three years, and against him for many years before that, and I know that any time I get to drive with Irv, my chances for winning are greatly enhanced."
The Informix team will join many of the Grand-Am teams in a private promoter’s test session on Thursday. Official practice for the Grand-Am Nextel 250 begins Friday at 9 a.m., with first round qualifying at 3:15 p.m. Saturday’s schedule includes final qualifying at 12:20 p.m., followed by a three-hour Motorola Cup race. Sunday morning’s festivities include a race for the American City Racing League, followed by the start of the Grand-Am Nextel 250 at 1 p.m.
Tickets for the debut of the Grand American Road Racing Association begin at $5 for an unreserved Friday grandstand seat and $10 for Saturday. Sunday grandstand seats cost $15, with weekend paddock passes $20. Children 12 and under are free in both the grandstand and paddock when accompanied by a paid adult.
For additional information or to place ticket orders, call (305) 230-RACE, or visit the official web site, www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.