Papis, Magnussen fined after Homestead race

Grand American Fines Papis, Magnussen Following Grand Prix of Miami Review DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 2, 2004) -- Grand American Road Racing Association has fined Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype drivers Max Papis and Jan Magnussen...

Grand American Fines Papis, Magnussen Following Grand Prix of Miami Review

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 2, 2004) -- Grand American Road Racing Association has fined Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype drivers Max Papis and Jan Magnussen $5,100 each for "unacceptable driving tactics" following a review of the final stages of last Saturday's Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

In addition to the fines, each driver will also be required this year to spend a day of community service at one of the U.S.-based Hole in the Wall Camps, the world's only network of camps for children with life-threatening illnesses founded by actor and racer Paul Newman in 1988. The $10,200 in total driver fines will be paid directly to Camp Boggy Creek, Newman's Florida camp, to fund six campers for the 2004 summer sessions.

Battling for the lead with less than 10 laps to go in Miami, Papis, driving the CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing No. 01 Lexus Riley XI, and Magnussen, behind the wheel of the Doran-Lista Racing No. 27 Lexus Doran JE4, made repeated contact for nearly an entire lap around the 2.3-mile road course. The door-to-door banging ended with both drivers spinning off course in turn one just after completing lap 101 of the 109 lap race. Magnussen was eliminated on the spot while Papis nursed his damaged Daytona Prototype to a seventh-place finish. The race was won by Andy Wallace and Milka Duno, who co-drove the No. 2 CITGO Pontiac Crawford to the first Rolex Sports Car Series win for Howard-Boss Motorsports.

Papis and Magnussen met with Grand American officials immediately following the race and were advised then of the pending review and penalties.

Last weekend's Grand Prix of Miami will be broadcast on SPEED Channel this Sunday, March 7 at 4 p.m. ET.

The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series returns to action next month in Phoenix 250 at Phoenix International Raceway, April 8-10. Tickets are currently on sale for the event and can be purchased online at www.phoenixinternationalraceway.com.

For additional information on the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, as well as complete point standings, visit www.grandamerican.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Milka Duno , Jan Magnussen , Paul Newman , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing