HORNADAY, GRISSOM TEST FOR HOTWHEELS.COM 300 AT MIAMI HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Oct. 19) -- Ron Hornaday and Steve Grissom tested their brand-new rides at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Tuesday, driving a pair of NASCAR Busch Series cars owned by Winston...
HORNADAY, GRISSOM TEST FOR HOTWHEELS.COM 300 AT MIAMI
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Oct. 19) -- Ron Hornaday and Steve Grissom tested their brand-new rides at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Tuesday, driving a pair of NASCAR Busch Series cars owned by Winston Cup superstars in preparation for the Nov. 13 HotWheels.com 300 at Miami.
Hornaday tested the NAPA Chevrolet owned by Dale Earnhardt, while Grissom was at the wheel of the Rayovac Ford co-owned by Dale Jarrett and Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. Earnhardt and Jarrett will return to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Nov. 14 Pennzoil 400 presented by Kmart, the debut of NASCAR Winston Cup racing in South Florida.
"Driving-wise, driving the Busch Series car is a lot different than a truck," explained Hornaday, a two-time champion of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. "The BGN car is a lot more aerodynamic, and while it has less horsepower, it runs as fast as a truck, if not a little faster.
"Hopefully, my driving style will carry over from the trucks to the Busch Series," said Hornaday, who is making his second test in Earnhardt's Busch Series car. "It's a very smooth car, very easy to drive, and it will be awesome -- I can't wait for the green flag to fall on November 13."
Hornaday is the most successful driver in Craftsman Truck Series history, recording the most victories (25), most money won (nearly $3 million), in addition to being the only two-time champion, 1996 and 1998. While he is making the move to the Busch Series, replacing Dale Earnhardt Jr., he will be taking many members with him from his truck team, also owned by the elder Earnhardt.
"While I won't be running in the Craftsman Trucks for the points, I plan to run as many races in the series as my schedule allows," added Hornaday.
"This was my first test for the team, and also my first test in Miami since I ran the very first race they had here in 1995, when the track was a lot different," explained Grissom. "I've got to get familiar with the new layout, but we closed in on it a lot today. I feel pretty good about it right now."
Grissom, the 1993 Busch Series champion, will run the final four races of the season for Jarrett. "Dale Jarrett's Busch team has been in the series for as long as I have (since 1988), so we're not having to help each other. We just have to work a little bit to get the car to how I like it."
Tickets are still available for the Pennzoil 400 presented by Kmart and the HotWheels.com 300 at Miami by calling (305) 230-RACE. For additional information, visit the official Homestead-Miami Speedway web site, www.racemiami.com.