BOBBY LABONTE JOINS FINLAY MOTORSPORTS FOR DAYTONA TEST DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 7, 2006) - Finlay Motorsports spent the last few days participating in the Grand American Rolex Series open test at the world renown Daytona International ...
BOBBY LABONTE JOINS FINLAY MOTORSPORTS FOR DAYTONA TEST
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 7, 2006) - Finlay Motorsports spent the last few days participating in the Grand American Rolex Series open test at the world renown Daytona International Speedway. The Mooresville, NC - based team made the trip South, Sunday to participate in a two-day test session for the season opener Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.
The team's regular drivers, Rob Finlay and Michael Valiante spent the first day (Monday) of the test working through the prepared test plan before being joined by the 2000 NASCAR Champion, Bobby Labonte, on Tuesday morning.
With Finlay and Valiante spending the majority of their time working on the set- up, Labonte wasted little time getting up to speed. Labonte climbed behind the wheel of the No. 19 Z-Line Designs/Make-A-Wish Daytona Prototype just before the scheduled lunch break and was running laps in the 1:45.6 range before the day was cut short by the rain.
"This was another good test for us," said Steve Cameron, President of Operations at Finlay Motorsports. "We were able to accomplish just about everything on our list and were pleased with the times the drivers ran. We were running competitive lap times with the old tires and feel that the car should be strong during the long runs at the 24 hour race."
Labonte, who developed a relationship with Finlay Motorsports over the past few years, drove one of the team's cars at the Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina awhile back and welcomed the opportunity to test with the team at Daytona.
"I'm really excited to be given this opportunity to sit in this race car," said Bobby Labonte. "There are a lot of guys around here today and this is the car they want to get in. Let's see, the 2007 Rolex 24 @ Daytona will be my junior year, It goes freshman, sophomore, junior and senior and this is the best car I've driven yet so I understand why they want to drive this machine. I really enjoyed myself today and look forward to continuing my relationship with this team."
"Bobby did a great job getting up to speed," said Steve Cameron. "We're just trying to figure out what he means when he says the car is tight. No, really he is extremely professional and a pleasure to work with. He brings a different perspective as a driver to the team and that's always something we're looking for, more input and different ideas."
Finlay Motorsports hopes to announce plans for the 2007 Grand American Rolex Series season in the next few weeks.