Daytona III: Joao Barbosa qualifying report

João Barbosa and Perspective Racing Team on GT pole position for the Dark Dog Daytona 3 hours. Daytona Beach,FL. (November 10th, 2002) -After a practice session where some transmission problems restricted João Barbosa to only four ...

João Barbosa and Perspective Racing Team on GT pole position for the Dark Dog Daytona 3 hours.

Daytona Beach,FL. (November 10th, 2002) -After a practice session where some transmission problems restricted João Barbosa to only four laps, qualifying went much better, and João put the Perspective Racing Mosler MT900-R on Pole Position for the GT class with a lap of 1.54.680. beating the Scuderia Washington Ferrari, the Champion elect, and also the Racer's Group Porsche, it's challenger for second place in the final Championship standings.

João Barbosa: "The car is really good, I got in a couple of nice clean laps with no traffic problems. I'm very happy with the team, they did a great job setting up the car. I have only had about four laps total in the car before qualifying, so I am very happy with the team, they did a great job preparing it."

The Dark Dog Daytona 3 hours for the Rolex Sports Car Series is a 3 hour race, and will begin at approximately 01.00 - p.m. Barbosa and Jerome Policand will be racing #24 (GT Class), a Mosler MT900R run by Perspective Racing. Earlier this year, at the Nextel 250, João Barbosa gave the MT900 it's first-ever win in the GT class.

For the race, Barbosa and the team have a simple plan: "We are going for the win" said João Barbosa. " We had such bad luck this year with small problems that have cost us race wins and were not the team's fault. It's just motor racing, but we want to finish the season with another win and clinch second place in the Championship"

Originally from Portugal, João Barbosa is a highly respected driver with a rapidly growing worldwide fan base and a commitment to continuing achievements in the sport of racing. He is an experienced and award- winning driver whose credits include winning the Portuguese Go Kart Championship (1988-1990), the Hong Kong Junior Go Kart Grand Prix in 1990, the Portuguese Formula Ford Championship (1994), Rookie of the Year in the Italian Formula 3

Championship, and the Rising Star Award in the Formula Kool/Toyota Atlantic Championship.

Barbosa also raced in the Go Kart World Championship, the International Sports Racing Series (ISRS), the Grand Am, the ALMS, the Japanese Grand Touring Championship (JGTC), as well as being a test driver for the Scuderia Minardi Formula 1 Team.

For tickets, or for more information on the Dark Dog Daytona 3 hours visit www.grand-am.com online, or call The Speedway`s ticket office at 386-253- 7223.

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