MIAMI, Fla. (March 02, 2002) -- Archangel Motorsport Services drivers Jeff Tillman and Curtis Francois took two tribute parade laps in memory of their co-driver Jeff Clinton before the start of today's Indy Racing League Grand Prix of Miami. Tillman and Francois were slated to co-drive with Clinton in the #21 Budweiser/GreyEagle.com Nissan Lola in the SportsRacing Prototype II class this season.
Tillman and Francois both rode in Archangel's second Nissan Lola, which the team decaled to look like the #21 Budweiser/GreyEagle.com car that was involved in the fatal accident during Friday's practice session that took the life of Clinton. Tillman drove the Lola clockwise on the Homestead-Miami Speedway oval in a traditional memorial lap in the reverse direction of race traffic, while Francois rode in the Lola carrying a checkered flag.
During the Rolex Sports Car Series driver meeting earlier today, drivers signed the official Nextel 250 checkered flag, which will be given to Clinton's family. G&W Motorsports also provided 'In Memory of 21' decals, which the majority of the 34-car field will be displaying during today's race.