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SCC: Action heats up Friday at Daytona

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SCC: Action heats up Friday at Daytona
Nov 9, 2002, 5:26 AM

Action heats up in Dark Dog Grand American finale at Daytona. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Nov. 8, 2002) -- Activities in the Dark Dog Grand American Finale got rolling on Friday at Daytona International Speedway with a 50-mile Spec Racer event and ...

Action heats up in Dark Dog Grand American finale at Daytona.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Nov. 8, 2002) -- Activities in the Dark Dog Grand American Finale got rolling on Friday at Daytona International Speedway with a 50-mile Spec Racer event and practice sessions for the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup.

Johnny Meriggi, who started second, pulled off an amazing pass coming off NASCAR Turn 4 to win the Spec Racer 50-mile race. Meriggi was running fourth while Shawn Morrison, Adam Burrows and Jack Willes were three-wide battling for the led.

Meriggi, a native of Dallas, Texas, ducked to the inside and passed all three drivers to take the checkered flag in the 14-lap event.

In Rolex Sports Car Series practice, Didier Theys and Fredy Lienhard Jr. were fastest in the morning session posting a speed of 125.977 mph in the No. 27 Doran Lista Judd-powered Dallara.

In the afternoon session, Chris Dyson and James Weaver topped the speed chart with their No. 16 Dyson Racing Ford-powered Riley & Scott with a lap of 125.177 mph.

"We're just working on a lot of different things trying to arrive at the setup for the car and the tires that it'll like best," Theys said. "Everything is fine. No big problems. It's just testing."

On Saturday, the Rolex Sports Car Series will qualify for Sunday's three-hour finale. The GTS, GT American GT classes will qualify at 12:15 p.m. while the SportsRacing Prototypes and the SportsRacing Prototypes II will qualify at 12:30 p.m.

The Grand-Am Cup had their final practice sessions in preparation for Saturday's six-hour finale. In the morning session, the No. 02 Powell Motorsport Corvette driven by Michael Weinberg, Stuart Hayner and Marty Miller blistered a lap of 104.657 mph.

In the afternoon session, the No. 01 GW Motorsports Porsche GT3 and drivers Darren Law, Steve Marshall and Keith Alexander turned a fast lap of 105.855 mph.

The Grand-Am Cup six-hour season finale enduro will go green on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

On other news on Friday, the Grand American Road Racing Association announced their 2003 schedule for both the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup.

Grand American President Roger Edmondson announced that the Rolex Sports Car Series schedule will expand to a 12-race schedule next season and continue to make three stops at Daytona International Speedway - the Feb. 1-2 Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Jani-King Paul Revere 250 on July 3 and the Grand American Finale on Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

Tickets for the Dark Dog Grand American Finale are available at the gate or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.

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