Pontiac Takes 1-2-3 Finish at Homestead Victory gives Pontiac lead in manufacturer standings DETROIT -- Pontiac Racing drivers swept the podium at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday after taking the top three spots of the Miami 250. Andy ...
Pontiac Takes 1-2-3 Finish at Homestead
Victory gives Pontiac lead in manufacturer standings
DETROIT -- Pontiac Racing drivers swept the podium at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday after taking the top three spots of the Miami 250. Andy Wallace and Milka Duno claimed the win, pushing Pontiac past Lexus for the lead in the manufacturers' championship for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.
"We are thrilled with Pontiac's stellar performance at Homestead," said Harry Turner, GM's group manager for road racing. "Pontiac has had unprecedented success in the Rolex Series this year and we are proud to regain the Manufacturers' Championship lead."
In only its first year in Rolex Series competition, Pontiac has captured nine podiums, including five wins, in nine races thus far in 2004. No other engine manufacturer has finished on the podium in every single round of competition in Rolex Series racing. While Pontiac's overall win at the 24 Hours of Daytona remains the highlight of the season, teams will be fighting hard to win the Manufacturers' Championship for GM as the season closes out.
Despite air temperatures in the mid-90s and track temperatures near 110 degrees during Sunday's race, Wallace piloted the No. 2 CITGO Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford to cross the finish line 2.731 seconds ahead of Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor, driving the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley. Butch Leitzinger and Elliott Forbes-Robinson finished a close third place in their No. 4 Howard-Boss Pontiac Crawford. The win for the Wallace/Duno pair was their second straight Rolex Series victory in Miami. During February's Grand Prix of Miami, Duno became the first woman to win a major North American sports car race.
With three races remaining in the Rolex Series, Pontiac leads the manufacturers' standings with 299 points, five points ahead of Lexus. Porsche and BMW are tied for third with 215 points. Ford trails in fourth with 135 points followed by Chevrolet with 65 points.
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