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ROLEX & GRAND-AM CUP COMPETE
AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI AFTER WEEK DELAY

9-21-04

SGS winning car driven by Michael Levitas and Randy Pobst. (Photo courtesy of www.grand-am.com)MIAMI, FL (September 18) -- After a week delay due to the recent hurricanes hitting Florida, the Grand American Road Racing Association was able to complete their scheduled event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, 33 cars were in competition with nine of them competing in the Super Grand Sport (SGS) class on Hoosier tires. The No. 36 TPC Racing Porsche GT3 Cup (shown) captured it's third win of the season. The car was driven by Michael Levitas and Randy Probst. In the Grand-Am Cup Series which exclusively runs on Hoosier tires, Boris Said and Anders Hainer piloted the Unitech Racing No. 13 to the Grand Sport (GS) class winner's circle giving the car its second consecutive victory. Ironically, the No. 13 won the previous event in Mid-Ohio with Blake Rosser and Kelly Collins driving the car. There were 45 cars in competition with 28 cars competing in the GS class and the remaining 17 in the Sport Touring (ST) class. Winning the ST class, also for the second event in a row, was the SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 No. 70 driven by David Haskell and Sylvain Tremblay. It was their third overall victory this year as the series heads for its final three races of the season. 

ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES -SGS CLASS

SGS class podium at Miami (photo Courtesy of www.grand-am.com)Michael Levitas and Randy Probst returned to victory Saturday capturing their third win of the season in the SGS class in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. Their last victory came back in May in Canada after compiling four top-two finishes to open the season. The duo, who finished a lap ahead of the second place finisher and 16th overall among the 33 cars in competition, piloted the No. 36 Porsche GT3 Cup car for TPC Racing. Finishing in second place was the No. 04 Grease Monkey Racing Porsche GT3 Cup driven by Harrison Brix and Gene Sigal. Rounding out the final podium spot was the No. 37 TPC Racing Porsche GT3 Cup driven by John Littlechild and Spencer Pumpelly. Marc Bunting and Andy Lally maintain a slim 16-point lead in the standings after their string of eight consecutive podium finishes was snapped after mechanical failure relegated the duo to a next to last place finish in the class. 

GRAND-AM CUP SERIES-GRAND SPORT CLASS

GS class podium at Homestead-Miami (Photo courtesy of www.grand-am.com)Forty-five cars were on the track in the Grand-Am Cup Series race at Miami-Homestead with 28 cars competing in the GS class. When it was all over, Boris Said and Anders Hainer had come from 22nd place to capture the win by over eight seconds while driving the No. 13 Unitech Racing Nissan 350Z. Ironically, the car also won the last race at Mid-Ohio with two other drivers piloting the car. As impressive a run as that was, runner-up finishers Frank Rossi and Barry Ellis drove the No. 88 Fiorano Racing Porsche 996 past even more cars after starting at the rear of the field to start the race. Finishing in third place was the No. 9 Automatic Racing BMW M3 driven by Jep Thornton and Eric VanCleef. It was Thornton's best finish of the season and VanCleef's first series start. The RaceSite.com Racing No. 44 leads the point standings by 30 markers over Schuitemaker Motorsports No. 35 heading into the final three events of the year.

GRAND-AM CUP SERIES-SPORT TOURING CLASS

ST class podium at Miami-Homestead Speedway (Photo courtesy of www.grand-am.com)In the ST class, David Haskell and Sylvain Tremblay captured their third win of the season in the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8. It was the second consecutive win for the Florida natives. Finishing in second place was Eric Curran and Bob Endicott driving the Bill Fenton Motorsports Acura RSX-S No. 27 car. Don Salama and Will Turner rounded out the final podium spot finishing in third place. The pair shared time piloting the No. 95 Turner Motorsport BMZ 330i which leads in the point standings by 25 points over the winning SpeedSource No. 70 car. 

The Grand American Road Racing Association will be back in action in two weeks at Virginia International Speedway on October 1-3. Both the Rolex Series and the Grand-Am Series will be in competition.

Following the Miami-Homestead race, tire testing was conducted by Hoosier Racing Tire in preparation for next season when Hoosier will be the only tire used in all Grand American Road Racing Association events. For more information about the Grand American Road Racing Association you can visit their website at www.grand-am.com.

      

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