Homestead: Toyota Lexus qualifying report

LEXUS ON FRONT ROW IN MIAMI GP QUALIFYING HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 4, 2005) -- Overcoming damp track conditions, Matteo Bobbi put his Crown Royal Lexus-Doran on the outside of the front row in qualifying for the Miami Grand Prix at the ...

LEXUS ON FRONT ROW IN MIAMI GP QUALIFYING

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 4, 2005) -- Overcoming damp track conditions, Matteo Bobbi put his Crown Royal Lexus-Doran on the outside of the front row in qualifying for the Miami Grand Prix at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. It's just the second Rolex Sports Car Series race for Bobbi, the 2003 FIA GT champion, who will team with Fabrizio Gollin in Saturday's race.

"We're very happy," said Bobbi. "To start second in only my second Rolex Series race is very good. We're really happy for Lexus and (team owner) Kevin Doran. They did a great job. Tomorrow will be a very tough race. We will have to push hard all the way. It should be great race for the fans."

Luis Diaz made it two Lexus-powered cars in the top four with a fourth-place showing in the CompUSA Lexus-Riley. A late qualifying caution cost him a chance to finish a run for the team's record ninth consecutive pole position. It will be just the second time in 14 races since entering the series last year that the team will not start on the pole. Diaz and teammate Scott Pruett, the 2004 series champion, will combine on Saturday.

The #02 New Century Mortgage Lexus-Riley of Stefan Johanssen and Cort Wagner was the fastest in the first practice session, but qualified only 20th after Wagner slid off course in Turn One in the wet conditions.

The green flag for Saturday's Miami Grand Prix is set for 3:00 p.m. (EST) with SPEED providing live coverage.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Fabrizio Gollin , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Matteo Bobbi , Kevin Doran