DORAN LISTA SPECIAL WINS MIAMI GRAND-AM NEXTEL 250 HOMESTEAD (May 7, 2000) -- Didier Theys held off John Paul Jr. on a pair of late restarts and went on to take the checkered flag in Sunday's Grand-Am Nextel 250, joining starting driver and...
DORAN LISTA SPECIAL WINS MIAMI GRAND-AM NEXTEL 250
HOMESTEAD (May 7, 2000) -- Didier Theys held off John Paul Jr. on a pair of late restarts and went on to take the checkered flag in Sunday's Grand-Am Nextel 250, joining starting driver and pole winner Mauro Baldi in Victory Circle at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Theys and Baldi averaged 106.70 mph co-driving the Doran Lista Special in the 250-mile event, 104 laps around the 2.4-mile road course. Paul lost the transmission in the Dyson Racing Riley & Scott Ford started by James Weaver, allowing the Informix Riley & Scott Judd of Jack Baldwin and Irv Hoerr to take second place in the final laps.
"Mauro did a very good job, and we were pressured by James Weaver and John Paul Jr. from the very beginning," said Theys. "But we were lucky at the end. The late yellows didn't help me, but I tried to get a good restart and it worked."
The race had five lead changes among two teams. The Doran Special, a Ferrari 333 SP chassis powered by a Judd V-10 engine developed by Kevin Doran, led three times for 58 laps. Weaver led twice for 46 laps. Weaver and Paul held on for third, followed by Oliver Gavin and Scott Schubot in a Ford Lola, Ross Bentley and Tom Volk in a Riley & Scott Chevy, and Miami's Butch Brickell and Jon Field in a Ford Lola.
Larry Oberto and Ryan Hampton won in the SportsRacer Light class, co-driving a Nissan Lola to seventh place overall. Terry Borcheller and Ron Johnson took GTO honors in a Ford Saleen, placing 11th overall. Other class winners were Darren Law and Mike Fitzgerald, driving a Porsche GT3R in GTU, and Jon Leavy and Michael Cohen, winning American GT in a Camaro.
Baldi won the Informix Way Fast pole award with a lap of 122.263 mph in Friday's qualifying.
In Sunday morning's American City Racing League event, John Fergus led all the way to win over A.J. Smith and Martin Ryba.
The weekend also featured a three-hour Motorola Cup race on Saturday, with Dodge Viper drivers Joe Varde and David Amick winning over the Corvette of Randy Pobst and Cooper City's Andy Pilgrim.