Homestead: Ian Baas preview

Baas Is Optimistic About His Chances In Saturday's Rolex Series Race At Homestead After Successful Test at VIR NOBLESVILLE, Ind., March 21 - Last week Ian Baas wasn't quite sure what to think about his chances in Saturday afternoon's Linder ...

Baas Is Optimistic About His Chances In Saturday's Rolex Series Race At Homestead After Successful Test at VIR

NOBLESVILLE, Ind., March 21 - Last week Ian Baas wasn't quite sure what to think about his chances in Saturday afternoon's Linder Industrial Komatsu Grand Prix of Miami Rolex Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla.

Now he's excited about them.

The rising star from Noblesville, Ind., recorded laps that were under the current VIRginia International Speedway Rolex Series GT track record when he tested the car he'll drive at Homestead this weekend on the Alton, Va., road course earlier this week.

The excellent test gives the 2006 Rolex 24 at Daytona winner added confidence going into both Saturday's race at Homestead and the race immediately after it, which will be held at VIR on April 28.

Baas will drive the At Speed Motorsports Porsche 997 with Bob Miller of Sykesville, Md., in both races. Their car, No. 28, is sponsored by Celette and Ian Global Shipping.

Another one of their co-drivers crashed the car in the 2007 season opener, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, earlier this year. No one was quite sure how the car would perform after repairs were made. But the whole team, Baas included, was delighted when Baas was able to drive it at speeds under the current GT track record earlier this week at VIR.

Although the Rolex Series is very competitive, Baas, Miller and the rest of the team will do their best to record a good finish in Saturday's race at Homestead, which will be broadcast live on SPEED starting at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

Baas has tested a Porsche 996 at Homestead, but this will be his first race on the 2.3-mile road course.

-credit: restart communications

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bob Miller , Ian Baas