Homestead II: Saturday practice report

Angelelli Leads Miami 250 Practice; Papis To Start From Pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway. MIAMI (September 18, 2004) -- Clocking a best lap of 1:15.535 (109.618 mph), No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley driver Max Angelelli posted the fastest...

Angelelli Leads Miami 250 Practice; Papis To Start From Pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

MIAMI (September 18, 2004) -- Clocking a best lap of 1:15.535 (109.618 mph), No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley driver Max Angelelli posted the fastest practice time on Saturday for Sunday's Miami 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (11 a.m., Live, SPEED Channel).

"The car is pretty good," Angelelli said. "I'm pretty confident for the race. It's quite balanced. We should be pretty happy how we ended up. We are confident for the race."

Angelelli's co-driver, Wayne Taylor, starts from the outside of the front row in tomorrow's race as the field will start based on championship points following last week's decision by Grand American Road Racing Association officials to postpone the Miami 250 by one week. The race was postponed due to damage in southern and central Florida from Hurricane Frances and the threat of Hurricane Ivan.

As a result, co-points leader Max Papis will start from the pole position in the No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley. It is the second race in a row that the No. 01 will start from the pole on points (qualifying was canceled for the Sahlen's 200 at The Glen due to rain) and it is the fourth straight pole for the car overall. In all, the No. 01 has started from the pole in eight of nine races. The car was third in the morning session with a best lap of 1:16.751 (107.881 mph), but slipped to eighth in the afternoon session.

Starting third will be Milka Duno in the No. 2 CITGO Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford. Duno and co-driver Andy Wallace enter the Miami 250 looking for a second straight Rolex Series triumph at Homestead-Miami Speedway, following their win in February's Grand Prix of Miami. Wallace got off to a good start in his quest for a repeat win by posting the second-best practice lap at 1:15.772 (109.275 mph).

Oswaldo Negri Jr. will start fourth in the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Lexus Riley as he and co-driver Burt Frisselle look for their second straight podium finish. They finished a career-best second in the Sahlen's 200 at The Glen in August. They will also be looking for a second consecutive podium finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway to go with a third place run in February's Grand Prix of Miami.

Kelly Collins rolls off the starting grid from the fifth position driving the No. 27 Doran-Lista Racing Lexus Doran. It will be Collins' first appearance of the season in the car, which he will share with Didier Theys. The No. 27 team is looking for a second straight win after their victory in the Sahlen's 200 at The Glen.

Justin Marks will start from the GT class pole in the No. 21 Prototype Technology Group BMW M3 as he and co-driver Bill Auberlen--who leads the class driver standings--look to extend the No. 21's streak of top-two class finishes to eight straight races. Starting second on the GT grid will be RJ Valentine in the No. 66 The Racers Group Porsche GT3 RS that he shares with Ian James and Chris Gleason, followed by Joey Hand in the No. 22 Prototype Technology Group BMW M3. Hand and co-driver Boris Said enter tomorrow's race looking for their second consecutive win.

Super Grand Sport (SGS) co-points leader Marc Bunting will start the No. 38 TPC Racing Porsche GT3 Cup from the class pole, as and co-driver Andy Lally attempt to take their ninth straight class podium result. Joe Nonnamaker will start second on the SGS grid in the No. 41 ORISON-Planet Earth Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup that he co-drives along with his sons, Wayne and Will. Michael Levitas starts third in the No. 36 TPC Racing Porsche GT3 Cup. Levitas and co-driver Randy Pobst finished second in the Grand Prix of Miami in February.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Milka Duno , Boris Said , Max Papis , Wayne Taylor , Bill Auberlen , Joey Hand , Randy Pobst , Kelly Collins , Ian James , Max Angelelli , Justin Marks , Burt Frisselle , Chris Gleason , Michael Levitas , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Marc Bunting , Chip Ganassi , Michael Shank
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Michael Shank Racing