MIAMI (Feb. 12, 2001) â€“ Kenny Bupp watched the inaugural Nextel 250 as a spectator last year at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In the March 2-4 return of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series to the 2.4-mile road course, Bupp will be in the role as...
MIAMI (Feb. 12, 2001) – Kenny Bupp watched the inaugural Nextel 250 as a spectator last year at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In the March 2-4 return of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series to the 2.4-mile road course, Bupp will be in the role as hometown favorite, based on his American GT class victory in the recent Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The Fort Lauderdale driver will pair with veteran Dick Greer in the Hamilton Safe and Security Systems Camaro in the Saturday event, which is paired with Sunday’s Florida Dodge Dealers 400 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in the family-friendly priced 2001 Homestead-Miami Speedway season-opening weekend.
“Winning at Daytona was awesome, absolutely awesome, and now we’ll be looking for a hometown advantage when we return to Homestead-Miami Speedway,” said Bupp. “We’ve got a lot of time at Homestead-Miami Speedway. I used to run there in the Pan-American GT Trans-Am races.”
Bupp went to the inaugural Nextel 250 as a spectator, and wound up finding a teammate for the later half of the 2000 season. Jon Leavy, a former Hialeah Speedway regular, won the American GT class in that event, and came away looking to do more.
“Grand-Am racing looked so exciting I gave John a call and we paired up for the rest of the season,” Bupp recalled. “After that, we had three seconds, a third and a fifth in the races we were in together.”
Bupp fielded the winning entry in the American GT Class in the recent Rolex 24 At Daytona, joining Doug Mills, Dick Greer and Simon Gregg at the wheel of the Hamilton Safe Camaro. They won the class by 25 laps over the Spirit of Daytona Beach Camaro, and other entrants which included Corvettes for Joe Varde and NASCAR Busch Series driver Lyndon Amick, and Leavy in the Comer Racing Corvette.
“My whole family is overwhelmed by the experience of winning the Daytona 24 Hours,” Bupp said. “We were at the drivers meeting on Thursday, and to look around at the presence of all the great drivers was almost overwhelming. Then to have the privilege of competing against them, and to have the Lord smile on our effort, was really remarkable.”
Practice and qualifying for the Nextel 250 will be held on Friday, March 2, with $10 for general admission. Saturday includes NASCAR Craftsman Truce Series practice and qualifying, followed by the Nextel 250 at 2 p.m., with $15 for general admission. Unreserved seats for Sunday’s Florida Dodge Dealers 400 cost $25. Weekend Paddock passes cost $25. Children 12 and under are free to the Speedway and Paddock all three days when accompanied by a paying adult.
For tickets, call (305) 230-RACE, visit any Ticket Master Ticket Center, or order on-line at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.