FINLAY MOTORSPORTS SETS PACE DURING GRAND-AM'S OPEN TEST AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY HOMESTEAD, FL (December 6, 2006) - Finlay Motorsports completed a two- day open test at Homestead-Miami Speedway earlier today and the No. 19 Z-Line Designs/ ...
FINLAY MOTORSPORTS SETS PACE DURING GRAND-AM'S OPEN TEST AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
HOMESTEAD, FL (December 6, 2006) - Finlay Motorsports completed a two- day open test at Homestead-Miami Speedway earlier today and the No. 19 Z-Line Designs/ Make-A-Wish Ford Powered Crawford Daytona Prototype machine found itself on top of the speed charts for the second day in a row.
Amongst a list of all star teams and some of the biggest names in auto racing, Canadian sensation Michael Valiante laid down an impressive lap time of 1:13.884 good enough for the pole position at last seasons running of the Linder Industrial Komatsu Grand Prix of Miami.
Valiante, who will once again share the driving duties with Rob Finlay in 2007, was extremely pleased with the outcome of the test and is looking forward to the season opener at Daytona International Speedway next month.
"The test went well, I can't complain," said Michael Valiante. "The engineers and the team have been working really hard during the off season and I think that showed during this test. Rob (Finlay) and Bobby Labonte did a great job getting up to speed and ran very competitive lap times over the course of the two days. I think that given our results here, Rob has a good shot at the Trueman Award and I think we should definitely have some top-five finishes next season."
Valiante's teammate, Rob Finlay was also extremely pleased with the outcome of the test. "The car was quickest both days and Valiante did an awesome job, as always, behind the wheel. Bobby (Labonte) joined us once again and was able to get up to speed with very few laps in the car. Given the results of this test we're really looking forward to Daytona."
Bobby Labonte, the 2000 Nextel Cup Champion, proved once again that it doesn't take him long to get up to speed. Joining Finlay Motorsports on the second day of the open test, Labonte climbed behind the wheel just before lunch and was quickly running competitive lap times.
"The test went ok," said Bobby Labonte. "I've been here once before in a Daytona Prototype machine and ran about five laps so I haven't had a lot of seat time on this road course. I ran about 20 laps or so today and if I had the opportunity to run one more day I would be even more comfortable in the car. It's always exciting to get behind the wheel of a fast race car and I'm looking forward to continuing my relationship with this team."
Finlay Motorsports will next compete in the Rolex Series open test January 4-6 at the famed Daytona International Speedway.