Daytona Finale: Heritage Motorsports Thursday report

Heritage Motorsports Mustang fastest "overall" in Thursday morning practice at famous Daytona International Raceway. With 39 cars in the field and the first official practice for the weekend in the books, the number 48 Mustang GTS of Vermonter...

Heritage Motorsports Mustang fastest "overall" in Thursday morning practice at famous Daytona International Raceway.

With 39 cars in the field and the first official practice for the weekend in the books, the number 48 Mustang GTS of Vermonter Dave Machavern was fastest overall with a single lap of 1 minute and 49.414 seconds, that with Joao Barbosa at the wheel. The Portuguese and Riggins both turning laps in the 1 min./49 sec. range.

The big blue Mustang of Machavern and Riggins has already locked up the championship points all-round:
* driver's championship (expect Riggins & Machavern to share the GTS driver's championship points)
* team owner's points
* manufacturer's points

Racing this weekend will, therefore, be a point of pride and enjoyment for the Heritage team, as they will take all the GTS trophies home, even if they don't start this race.

The "field" for Saturday's race will be comprised of 39 cars total, 10 of which are the new-for-2003 Daytona Prototypes. There are 11 GTS entries this weekend with the balance filled out by GT entries.

In the second practice session today, the Mustang destroyed a transmission and was guided back to the infield garage area to make ready for Friday morning practice and qualifying.

Because the GTS category will be effectively phased out in 2004 (heavily handicapped) the Heritage Motorsports team is hopeful to compete in the Daytona Prototype category next year. If this happens, then the team is furthermore hopeful to make the very fast Joao Barbosa teammate to Tommy Riggins. In this scenario, Dave Machavern will remain team owner, but (unlike this year) drive only in the longer endurance events, like the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen and the 6 Hours of Mont Tremblant (Canada).

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Joao Barbosa