Homestead: Round two preview

SILVER CROWN SERIES READY TO TACKLE HOMESTEAD SATURDAY INDIANAPOLIS - USAC's Silver Crown Series presented by K&N Engineering will make history Saturday as its new generation cars tackle the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway in southern ...

SILVER CROWN SERIES READY TO TACKLE HOMESTEAD SATURDAY

INDIANAPOLIS - USAC's Silver Crown Series presented by K&N Engineering will make history Saturday as its new generation cars tackle the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway in southern Florida.

Fourteen car/driver combinations are pre-entered for the "Silver Crown 100" and will try to become the first winners in a Silver Crown Series race on a track larger than 1.25 miles. Gateway International Raceway is currently the biggest track the series has competed on in its 36-year history.

Dave Steele of Tampa, Fla. leads the point standings by virtue of his season-opening triumph in January at Phoenix International Raceway. Steele -- second on the all-time series victory list with 15 -- has won five of the last six Silver Crown pavement races and was one of the fastest drivers in February's Hoosier Tire test at Homestead, one of three tests for the new generation cars.

Joining Steele will be a host of veterans and newcomers, including Phoenix runner-up Bud Kaeding, Steele's teammate Brian Tyler, 2004 series Rookie of the Year Aaron Pierce, and defending Most Improved Driver Wayne Reutimann Jr.

Newcomers include 2004 Indy Racing League Indy Pro Series champion Thiago Medeiros and former CASCAR Rookie of the Year Peter Shepherd III, who last season was among the 10 finalists in the Roush Racing Driver X competition. P.J. Jones, a veteran of 12 Silver Crown Series races and the 2004 Indianapolis 500, is also entered in C&R Racing's house car.

Drivers are expected to be turning overall lap speeds of over 165 mph, the fastest in series history.

The four-day event commences with open testing Wednesday and Thursday, practice Friday and Saturday and qualifying Saturday afternoon. The green flag for the 67-lap, 100-mile race is set to drop at 4:30 p.m.

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , P.J. Jones , Aaron Pierce , Wayne Reutimann , Peter Shepherd