MIAMI (March 2, 2001) -- Defending Grand-Am Rolex Series champion James Weaver captured the pole position for Saturday's Nextel 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Dyson Racing Riley & Scott Ford, which will be co-driven by Butch Leitzinger, ...
MIAMI (March 2, 2001) -- Defending Grand-Am Rolex Series champion James Weaver captured the pole position for Saturday's Nextel 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The Dyson Racing Riley & Scott Ford, which will be co-driven by Butch Leitzinger, recorded a speed of 122.623 mph on the 2.4-mile modified road circuit. Qualifying second position was Jack Baldwin, who will co-drive a Judd-powered Riley & Scott with George Robinson, 121.005. Starting second will be Jon Field and Oliver Gavin, 120.853 in a Judd-Lola, and defending Nextel 250 winners Didier Theys and Mauro Baldi, 119.133 in a new Crawford-Judd.
"We have a great race setup. I think qualifying couldn't of set us up better, and I was brilliant," said Weaver, who won a USRRC sports car race with Leitzinger at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 1998. "We mustn't lose the race. It will be interesting with the fuel consumption. I think it's going to be surprisingly close."
John Bourassa and Lance Stewart won Friday afternoon's Grand-Am Cup three-hour race in the Team Hurricane Racing's Porsche 911 Turbo, taking the lead in the closing minutes when the pole-winner Corvette of John Heinricy and Bill Lester expired in the circuit infield.
Stewart drove the winning car to victory lane. "It's nice. It's kind of my home track," Lance said, "I only live about 20 minutes from here. John did an awesome job as usual and my crew ... those guys are the best."
Meanwhile, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' haulers began filing in to the Homestead-Miami Speedway paddock to prepare for Sunday's sixth annual Florida Dodge Dealers 400. The first practice for the trucks will be tomorrow morning from 8 to 10 a.m. The NCTS Bud Pole Qualifying, to set the field for the 36-truck race, will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. The 250.5-mile race, a total of 167 laps, will take the green flag Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
Tickets will be on sale at the gate, with unreserved grandstand seating $15 for Saturday and $25 for Sunday. Weekend paddock admission is $25. Children 12 and under are admitted free to both the grandstands and Paddock. Gates open at 8 a.m. both days.
The first 200 people to purchase a Sunday general admission ticket will receive a Dodge Viper thrill ride on the racetrack. Rides begin at 9 a.m., and will run until 11 a.m. Family activities planned for Sunday include Radio Disney's version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire? -- Play It."
For additional information, call (305) 230-RACE or visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.
- JJ O'Malley