MIAMI, Fla. (March 1, 2001) - The ...
MIAMI, Fla. (March 1, 2001) - The #16 Dyson Racing Team Ford Riley & Scott was the fastest car during today's practice sessions for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Nextel 250 being held at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend.
Piloted by James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger, the SportsRacing Prototype was the fastest car in all three of today's practice sessions, improving its time throughout the day before recording a 1:10.520 lap at 122.518 mph during the final afternoon session. If Weaver is able to maintain his speed during Friday's qualifying he is likely to break the track qualifying record of 1:10.667, set by Didier Theys at last year's Nextel 250 qualifying.
Also posting fast times during today's qualifying sessions in the SRP class was Robinson Racing's #74 Judd Riley & Scott with the second-fastest time of 1:11.331 for an average of 121.125 mph. Intersport Racing brought in Englishman Oliver Gavin to join Jon Field in the #37 Judd Lola, which was clocked with the third-fastest time of 1:11.632 at 120.616 mph.
Fresh off their Rolex 24 At Daytona win, Archangel Motorsports' #21 Nissan Lola clocked a 1:16.594 lap to lead the SportsRacing Prototype II class at 112.803 mph. The American GT class was led by local Jon Leavy, of Fort Lauderdale, in Comer Racing's Corvette. Leavy clocked a 1:19.895 lap at 108.142 mph, slightly under the track's class qualifying record. Another Fort Lauderdale driver, Kenny Bupp, had the second-fastest time in the AGT class with 1:21.791.
Morrison/Mosler Racing picked up the fastest lap time in the GT class, clocking a 1:20.709 lap at 107.051 with Joao Barbosa, John Heinricy and Scott Deware behind the wheel of their #02 Mosler. The time was well under the 1:21.755 track qualifying record for the GT class. Fordahl Motorsports' #5 Saleen clocked a 1:19.030 lap at 109.326 to be the fastest in the GTS class.
Drivers Take Time for the Kids
Several drivers from the Rolex Sports Car Series took time out of their busy practice schedules to visit with nearly 500 local elementary school students who were visiting the Homestead-Miami Speedway today. G&W Motorsport's Danny Marshall, Archangel Motorsport Services owner Mike Johnson and driver Andy Lally, TRV Motorsport owner/driver Tom Volk and driver Jeret Schroeder and Dyson Racing Team driver James Weaver all participated in a question and answer session with the students to help educate them on sports car racing.
Nextel 250 Qualifying on Friday
Qualifying for the Rolex Sports Car Series Nextel 250 will be held on mid-day Friday. The SRP and SRPII classes will take to the track for a 15-minute group qualifying session at 11:30 a.m. The American GT and GTS cars will qualify together at 11:50 a.m. and the GT class will qualify alone at 12:10 p.m. Several of the track's qualifying records could be broken on Friday if today's practice sessions are any indicator of the speeds expected.
More information on the Rolex Sports Car Series is available online at www.grand-am.com.
- Christie Hyde