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FINLAY MOTORSPORTS HOPES TO DUPLICATE PODIUM FINISH IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC CHARLOTTE, NC -- 11 March 2005 -- The Grand American Cup series is traveling to the site of the first settlement in the New World. Today, the land that Christopher ...

FINLAY MOTORSPORTS HOPES TO DUPLICATE PODIUM FINISH IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

CHARLOTTE, NC -- 11 March 2005 -- The Grand American Cup series is traveling to the site of the first settlement in the New World. Today, the land that Christopher Columbus sited more than 500 years ago is the city of Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic and the site of the Miller Grand-Am Cup 200, the second race of the 2005 Cup Series season. Drivers Michael McDowell and Rob Finlay are coming off their debut race at Daytona International Speedway where the duo took a solid third place.

The 3.56-mile road coarse in northern Florida is worlds larger than the hard-hitting and highly technical mile and a half at Autodromo Las Americas. The Finlay Motorsports BMW M3 will have to dance through the mayhem in a race where muscle and might take a backseat to handling prowess and agility. The Miller 200 will spotlight the Grand Sport class for the Dominican fans, as the Sport Touring class has the weekend off.

Outside the Grand Am Cup series McDowell is also showcasing his mettle driving the Ten Motorsports Daytona Prototype. Said McDowell, "The DP and M3 are different beasts but I haven't had any difficulty going back and forth. The traffic in both series is intense with multiple classes on the track at once. Even though the GS class is running solo this weekend, the short track will definitely bunch everyone together for some tight wheel-to-wheel racing, making every move that much more critical."

At Daytona Rob Finlay mounted a charge to the podium through the first half of the Cup 200 when McDowell took the reigns who in the closing moments nearly lassoed the Multimatic Mustang for second. Finlay discussed the importance of maintaining a smooth race throughout, "The three and a half miles at Daytona gave you some wiggle room to take chances, but this track is going to throw some different challenges our way. We've got an incredible Dinan-prepped M3 that gives us the means to be fast every time out, no matter what track we're running."

The Cup series rejoins the Rolex series in Fontana at the California Speedway the first weekend of April for the California 200.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael McDowell , Rob Finlay