Daytona Prototype drivers return to Homestead-Miami for Grand-Am Cup race.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 19, 2003) -- Some professional sports car drivers just can't get enough of racing in Miami. Three Daytona Prototype drivers that recently competed in the Rolex Sports Car Series Nextel Grand Prix of Miami will be returning to Homestead-Miami Speedway next month to race in the Grand-Am Cup Miami 250, April 13.
Among the Daytona Prototype drivers slated to race in the Miami 250 is Nextel Grand Prix of Miami winner J.C. France in the dds Racing #82 Porsche GT3 Cup. France, who runs the Brumos Racing #59 Porsche FABCAR in the Rolex Series, will join Steven Lynn behind the wheel of the #82 Porsche during the 250-mile Grand-Am Cup race.
"I am really looking forward to racing with Steven Lynn. I've never raced a Porsche GT3, but he has a lot of experience in this car," said France, who currently leads the Daytona Prototype driver standings with his Rolex Series co-driver Hurley Haywood. "I think Grand-Am Cup is a great series. There is a lot of door-to-door racing and passing. It's really exciting racing."
Terry Borcheller and Forest Barber will also return to Miami for the Grand-Am Cup race in April, this time running Bell Motorsports' #54 BMW M3 instead of the team's Chevy-powered Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype that Borcheller put on the outside pole at the Nextel Grand Prix of Miami. The driving duo competed together in several Grand-Am Cup races last year and plans to run for a championship in the Grand Sport II class this season.
"I really enjoy racing in the Grand-Am Cup Series because of the large number of cars in each class. There is always a race going on somewhere in the field," said Barber, who was a championship-winning offshore powerboat racer before moving into sports car racing. "We had a good season last year, and I think we'll be in the championship hunt this year."
The two drivers came to race in Grand-Am Cup at the suggestion of Borcheller. "I think Grand-Am Cup helps tremendously in developing good racing skills. There are lots of cars in every class with plenty of overtaking. You really have to learn to use your mirrors," noted Borcheller, who has won five professional championships in as many years including the Rolex Series GTS (2000) and SRPII (2002) titles.
"I love the series, because it is so competitive. They've done a good job of keeping the rules consistent. Our car runs similar lap times to the others in the class, but we are down in power. So when you come across traffic, you really have to work to get through it. I enjoy that," added Borcheller of the #54 BMW fielded by Miami's Bell Motorsports.
With nearly 40 entries already in and more continuing to come in each day, the Grand-Am Cup Miami 250 is sure to offer plenty of racing excitement. From high-end sports and muscle cars to the latest compact and sports coupes, the Miami 250 should cater to every car lover's desire.
Tickets to the Grand-Am Cup Miami 250 weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be sold at the gate for $10 per day or a two-day pass for only $15.
Additional information about the Miami 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Grand-Am Cup Series is available online at www.grandamerican.com.