MIAMI (April 14, 2000) â€“ While the list of contenders is firming up for the Grand-Am Miami 250 May 5-7 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, veteran sports car racer Elliott Forbes-Robinson feels many questions remain to be answered at the third Grand ...
MIAMI (April 14, 2000) – While the list of contenders is firming up for the Grand-Am Miami 250 May 5-7 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, veteran sports car racer Elliott Forbes-Robinson feels many questions remain to be answered at the third Grand American Road Racing Association event of the season.
"The next two races will be very interesting because of the many untried combinations," explained Elliott Forbes-Robinson, who will drive a Ford-powered Riley & Scott Mk III fielded by Rob Dyson at Phoenix on April 22 and Miami. "We’ve done a lot of work to our cars, Kevin Doran has a new Judd engine in his Ferrari, George Robinson also will be going with a Judd engine in his Riley and Scott for the first time, and Scott Schubot is debuting a new Lola. Just about everyone will have an improved but untried combination for the race at Phoenix, and it should make for interesting competition."
Forbes-Robinson enters the Sun Automotive 200 at Phoenix tied for the SportsRacer points lead, by virtue of a class victory in the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona. Dyson Racing will field two cars at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with EFR paired with John Paul Jr. and Dyson in the No. 20, while James Weaver and Andy Wallace will co-drive No. 16.
With a career spanning over 30 years, Forbes-Robinson’s credits include championships in the Super Vee, Trans-Am, World Challenge, American LeMans and USRRC. He had a banner 1999, winning four races and two championships, and opened 2000 with his third victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
He finished 11th in the 1998 USRRC event in his only visit to Homestead-Miami Speedway, when a "short cut" through the grass wound up costing the Dyson team time in the pits.
"I’m going to try and stay on the road this time," the veteran said with a smile. "Last time I dropped a wheel into what I thought was grass, and it turned out to be sand. That ingested a lot of dirt into the motor, and it hurt us. Dorsey (teammate Schroeder) did the same thing earlier. I could have avoided it, but I didn’t think running through the grass would make any difference.
"I really look forward to going back," EFR continued. "The Miami infield is as similar to a road course as you could have at an oval track. It’s a real interesting place to race."
EFR listed the Risi Ferrari 333SP team of Ralf Kellners and Mimmi Schiattarella, the Lista Doran Special of Didier Theys and Freddy Lienhard, Jack Baldwin and George Robinson in a Riley & Scott Mk III Ford, and Scott Schubot and Henry Camferdam in the Phil Creighton Chevy Lola as the main competition for Dyson Racing over the next two races.
"It seems everyone is coming to Phoenix and Miami with something new from what they had at Daytona," Forbes-Robinson explained. "On paper, everyone should be a little stronger. It will make for some very interesting racing for the fans."
Tickets for the debut of the Grand American Road Racing Association begin at $5 for an unreserved Friday grandstand seat and $10 for Saturday. Sunday grandstand seats cost $15, with weekend paddock passes $20. Weekend grandstand/paddock tickets cost $40 if purchased by April 28. Children 12 and under are free in both the grandstand and paddock when accompanied by a paid adult.
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