FINLAY MOTORSPORTS COMPLETES TWO-DAY TEST AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY MOORESVILLE, NC (October 25, 2006) - The Finlay Motorsports Ford- powered Crawford Daytona Prototype team completed a successful two-day test Tuesday afternoon at ...
FINLAY MOTORSPORTS COMPLETES TWO-DAY TEST AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
MOORESVILLE, NC (October 25, 2006) - The Finlay Motorsports Ford- powered Crawford Daytona Prototype team completed a successful two-day test Tuesday afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway in south Florida.
Rob Finlay and Michael Valiante, drivers of the Make-A-Wish/Z-Line Designs machine, scored an impressive 5th place finish earlier this season when the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series visited the speedway in March.
The first day of testing, Monday, was shortened because of rain but Finlay and Valiante still managed to get in some good seat time combining for a total of 84- laps. Tuesday's weather was much better and the driving duo lapped the 2.21- mile road course for a total of 160-laps before night fell ending the test.
"That was a good test," said Steve Cameron, President of Operations at Finlay Motorsports. "We focused on tuning the chassis and were able to gain some valuable knowledge that should help us out when we return in the spring. Next year will mark our second season with the Crawford chassis and we're now able to return to tracks that we have some previous data and experience to build on. "We know that what we learned last season with the chassis will give us a great platform to work from in 2007."
The 2006 Grand American Rolex Series season marked the first full season of Daytona Prototype competition for Rob Finlay and Michael Valiante. The teammates turned several heads showing the competition that they were contenders finishing the season seventh in the overall team point standings.
"This test really showed just how well Michael (Valiante) and Rob (Finlay) are working together," continued Cameron. "They challenge each other to perform at there best all the time. Both drivers were quick and continue to gain not just speed but the consistency needed to win races."
Up next for Finlay Motorsports: Finlay and Valiante will compete in the Grand American Rolex Series open test November 6-7 at the world renowned Daytona International Speedway as preparations begin for the season opening Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.