Homestead Miami Grand-Am Thursday pit notes

JON "CHEVY" LEAVY (No. 18 Comer Racing Corvette) (On car coming into NEXTEL 250) We are really excited about this event. We have a brand new corvette with Comer Racing. It's really promising, the CRD engine is really strong, and I hope it runs...

JON "CHEVY" LEAVY (No. 18 Comer Racing Corvette)
(On car coming into NEXTEL 250) We are really excited about this event. We have a brand new corvette with Comer Racing. It's really promising, the CRD engine is really strong, and I hope it runs like that fighter jet (flying overhead). We are real excited about it.
(On Homestead-Miami Speedway) This happens to be one of my favorite tracks. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and have been driving here since they first built the track. I'm very comfortable on this track, as I had said before. I am the winner of the event from last year in the American GT category, and I am hoping for a repeat. I live in Davie now, which is a suburb of Fort Lauderdale. I was raised in Miami and then moved up to south Fort Lauderdale ...
(On early sessions) Testing is going pretty good. We were running a little off on our gear ratios and their making those adjustments now, so hopefully, the next session will be a lot stronger. I think we have a really good shot at it this weekend. (Doug Goad) and I bumped on the last lap last year. I came out with the better half and won the race.
(On co-driver) Jeff Willis, I think he brings a lot to the program. He's a former Trans-Am driver. He's also switched over to the Grand American Road Racing Series, as I have. It's a very promising new series. We're very excited about it.

DOUG GOAD (No. 09 Team X1-R Corvette)
(On cars coming into NEXTEL 250 weekend) The #09 car is brand new. We haven't even been able to turn a wheel with her yet. It's a matter right now of trying to get the car finished and get it out on the racetrack. Those guys are really good. They'll get the car together, and I'm sure she'll run real well.
(On Homestead-Miami Speedway) Love this track. Homestead is a lot of fun. It's a good, competitive racetrack. You have a lot of opportunities to pass and a lot of sections where you can do a lot of passing. It's challenging. Challenging from the driver's perspective and from an equipment standpoint. It's a tough racetrack, but it's a lot of fun.
(On the earlier sessions) I've been running the Grand-Am Cup car (No. 11 Powell Motorsport Corvette Z06), which we run a Corvette there, also. And that session was real successful. We laid down some pretty good time. The car's running really well. We got the handling sorted out, so we're ready to race tomorrow and ready to race on Saturday.


(On difference between Grand-Am and Grand-Am Cup cars) The Grand-Am type car is on a street tire. The cars are about equal weight, although the Grand-Am car is a little bit heavier, by about 250 to 300 pounds. Doesn't have quite as much horsepower. But is an extremely good racecar from the standpoint of being a production-based car. The GT car is like a GT car. It has a lot of horsepower. Really doesn't have quite as much tire for the amount of power the car has which like the Grand-Am Cup car is similar. You drive them a lot the same way. Careful going in, get it as hard coming out as you possibly can. So there are similarities but they are obviously two completely different cars. The top speeds of the GT cars are quite a bit higher. So it keeps your attention more glued.

BILL LESTER (No. 35 Phoenix American Motorsports Corvette)
(On car coming into NEXTEL 250 weekend) Most definitely. We have a brand new Corvette. We have a hardtop now, instead of the coupe that we had before. And, we're just shaking it down. This is its debut run. So far, so good. We're top of the time sheets right now.
(On co-driver) Jon Heinricy and I are both driving it. He's pretty much the R&D driver for this car and this team. I'm trying to do what I can to make sure that I can carry my load.
(On Homestead-Miami Speedway) It's great. This is the first time I have ever been here. So, I took some laps in the Firebird this morning just to get acclimated to it. I find the infield part to be a little bit tight, but I definitely like driving on the banks, even though its not that steeply banked, I like that turn.

- JJ O'Malley

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Doug Goad
Teams Phoenix Racing