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"Great Expectations" with reason. It's always an adventure to bring a racing car all the way across a continent. The Heritage team, having its shops in Jacksonville, Florida, arrived in the Los Angeles area in the wee hours this morning. A day...

"Great Expectations" with reason.

It's always an adventure to bring a racing car all the way across a continent. The Heritage team, having its shops in Jacksonville, Florida, arrived in the Los Angeles area in the wee hours this morning. A day late. The determined crew completed the task, driving almost every inch of Interstate 10.

* blown tires on our semi-trailer carrying a precious points-leading cargo. the 48 Mustang GTS unhurt, minor damage to the trailer

* confirmed reports of other teams' transporters being waylaid at roadside inspection stations. creative driving doing the trick for us this time

It's only Thursday and the showcase track, built by Roger Penske, resonates with internal combustion. Tomorrow, Friday, official practice begins for the weekend's two televised races:

1. Grand American Cup. for a variety of street-stock classes (tape-delayed to July 5 on SPEED Channel)

2. Grand American ROLEX. for Daytona Prototypes and GT cars, in which the Heritage Mustang GTS is expected to do well

But, more about the team in a sec.

The big ROLEX race this Sunday afternoon is only the 2nd annual such event after a 14 year absence of professional sports car competition from the Southern California area. For three decades, Riverside International Raceway hosted world-class road racing. Unfortunately, the legendary Riverside facility fell victim to urbanization and housing development, leading to a hiatus in championship SoCal road course competion.

This weekend the old and the new come together. Old, because of the fans who remember and come, and drivers competing this weekend who either cut their teeth at Riverside, or are sons of drivers who became legends there, like Mark Donohue. New, because of the shining facility which California Speedway is, and for the brand new Daytona Prototype class which will shake it up with the powerful GT's.

Back to the team:

Why is the Mustang expected to do so well this weekend? For two reasons: First. the Heritage team is leading the points in GTS, as of two weekends ago at the new Barber Motorsports Park (www.barbermotorsportpark.com), and, Second. the Heritage Mustang is one of the only cars in the field which has consistently mixed it up with the lighter, but as powerful, prototypes. In the 4 races so far this season:

* ROLEX 24 Hours of Daytona (Feb.) - the Heritage Mustang qualified 2nd fastest overall, in a field offering 6 Daytona Prototypes

* Grand Prix of Miami (Mar.) - our Mustang GTS lead the race for some time, ahead of ALL the prototypes, before falling out with a faulty fuel pickup

* Phoenix International Raceway (Apr.) - a win in GTS class, and 4th overall

* Barber Motorsports Park (inaugural event) (May) - 4th overall again, second in GTS and captured the points lead

Add to this the fact that California Speedway offers a course layout which many say will favor the Mustang powerhouse. Tommy Riggins and team owner, Dave Machavern, will again partner in this mandatory driver-change event.

Look for another release from the Heritage Motorsports Team after qualifying on Saturday, and then a final post-race.

Learn more about Heritage Motorsports at: www.heritagevt.com/motorsports

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Tommy Riggins , Roger Penske , Mark Donohue