NOTE 1-- BACKGROUND STATS...

Clinched his third Trans-Am Drivers' Championship with his win in Miami...In 2003, has eight wins (St. Petersburg, Mosport, Infineon Raceway, Cleveland, Trois-Rivieres, Road America, Denver, and Miami) in 11 starts...Started on the pole nine times...In August, raced in the Winston Cup event at Watkins Glen, scoring a career-best second place...In June, competed in the Winston Cup race at Infineon Raceway finishing 24th due to contact while running sixth...Two previous Trans-Am Drivers' Championships in 1987 and 1994...In 2002, did not compete in the Trans-Am Tour...Competed in Winston Cup Series in 2000... Competed several seasons in CART Champ Car Series, scoring two wins...Has two IMSA GTO Drivers' Championships (1986, 1988).

On the problem near the end of the race...

"It turns out we sheared two right hub drive pins. I felt a vibration and thought maybe I had run over debris and a tire might be going down. But the wheel was lose on the hub because of the drive pin deal, not a tire problem. It's just one of those things that happen in racing."

"But except for not winning the race, I couldn't be more proud or pleased for the Rocketsports team and Jaguar. We came here really being the underdog with less horsepower and less torque. But as I've said, this is the new era of Trans-Am racing. The V-8, how long has it been around with ongoing development -- 20 years? This is just the first step for us. We started with a concept and very nearly won in its first outing. What Rocketsports has done with the help and support of Jaguar in nothing less than spectacular."

On the podium finishes for his Rocketsports teammates...

"I very pleased for Wally. It was great for him, our team, the Puerto Rico Grand Prix, and the Puerto Rico fans. It was great to see Tomy finish off his season with a podium finish."