Qualifying for Grand Prix of Miami Delayed and Shortened by Rainy Weather Homestead-Miami, Florida (March 4, 2005) -- Rain showers at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday caused schedule changes and delays for practice and qualifying of this...
Qualifying for Grand Prix of Miami Delayed and Shortened by Rainy Weather
Homestead-Miami, Florida (March 4, 2005) -- Rain showers at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday caused schedule changes and delays for practice and qualifying of this weekend's Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race, the Grand Prix of Miami.
Weather delays, combined with on-track incidents during qualifying, only allowed a maximum of three laps to be completed by a single car of the 20-car Daytona Prototype lineup. Twelve cars were able to complete just two laps and eight finished a mere single lap. This set a qualifying lineup far different than expected for the originally scheduled 15-minute session.
The Grand American points leading No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley Mk.11 of Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli qualifying tenth with a time of 1:16.638 at a speed of 108.040 in their single lap.
"We stayed in the pits to try a get a hole," said qualifying driver Wayne Taylor. "We only ended up getting one lap. We got what we got. We're going into the race with somewhat of an unknown with the new tire rule (only five sets of Hoosier spec tires are allowed for the entire race weekend, including practice and qualifying). We will have to see how it goes."
"It's a shame we didn't get to run more laps, but that's the rules," said team owner Bill Riley. "We will just work on our race preparation now. It's seems like everybody says 'we have a great race car', when they don't qualify up front though. We'll just have to see how it all shakes out at the end."
Taylor will start Saturday's two hour and 45-minute race for the SunTrust Racing team before passing over the reigns to Angelelli. Darren Law, in the No. 58 Brumos Porsche Fabcar, will start from the pole
For more information or to follow the race live on the internet, go to www.grandamerican.com (click on the free Zippo live timing). Speed Channel will broadcast the 250-mile race live, beginning at 3:00 p.m.