Birmingham: Goodyear Racing race report

LEEDS, Ala. (Oct. 11, 2004) -- Two of the greatest names in American sports car racing teamed up and won the Porsche 250 Rolex Sports Car Series race at Barber Motorsports Park. Butch Leitzinger and Elliott Forbes-Robinson drove their Pontiac ...

LEEDS, Ala. (Oct. 11, 2004) -- Two of the greatest names in American sports car racing teamed up and won the Porsche 250 Rolex Sports Car Series race at Barber Motorsports Park. Butch Leitzinger and Elliott Forbes-Robinson drove their Pontiac Crawford to victory and became the sixth different pair to take overall victory in the Rolex Series this year.

Goodyear is the exclusive tire provider for the Daytona Prototype class in the Rolex Series and has been since the class debuted. For the race at the Barber facility, Goodyear supplied two dry-track tire compounds and one compound for wet conditions.

The Porsche 250 was contested under constantly changing weather conditions. Some teams used the grooved rain tires during the race, while some stayed with the racing slicks normally used under dry-track conditions.

"If you could keep the slicks warm, it was okay," said Didier Theys, who finished fifth in his Lexus Doran. "But if they started to cool down because of too much water or it being too long of a yellow, it was a problem."

Theys' team, Doran Racing, eventually switched to rain tires when Andrea Montemini was behind the wheel. Montemini said, "Our car, on slick tires, was good in the wet; it wasn't that damp. It was the right call to put on the rain tires; it was quicker than the other cars with them on when it started to rain harder."

Leitzinger and Forbes-Robinson drove for Howard-Boss Motorsports.

Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli finished second in their Pontiac Riley, followed by Max Papis and Scott Pruett in their Lexus Riley, Jimmy Morales and Luis Diaz in another Lexus Riley and the Theys-Montemini Lexus Doran.

The season wraps up with the Oct. 31 race at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Didier Theys , Max Papis , Scott Pruett , Wayne Taylor , Luis Diaz , Max Angelelli
Teams Doran Racing