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DAVID MURRY AND CRAIG STANTON
WIN SGS CLASS IN THE GRAND PRIX OF MIAMI

3-03-04

SGS class podiumMIAMI, FL (February 28) -- The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series contested its second race of the season over the weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway with David Murry and Craig Stanton were the winners in the SGS class which exclusively runs on Hoosier tires. On the heels of a highly successful season opening 24-hour race at Daytona, the Hoosier brand once again proved up to the challenge of the Rolex Series. Although the Hoosier brand is the only tire brand used in the Grand-Am Cup Series, this is the first year Hoosier tires have been used in the Grand-Am Rolex Series. In addition to the SGS class, the Rolex Series has two other classes competing in the same event--the Daytona Prototype and GT class which compete on other tire brands. A total of 42 cars took the green flag in Saturday's race.

The winning AASCO Motorsports #16 Porsche GT3 Cup car had to start at the rear of the 13-car SGS field after failing to pass inspection after qualifying. But the Murry/Stanton driving tandem methodically worked their way through the field to the top spot in the SGS class. The winning team had a best lap time of 1:22.995 on the 2.3-mile course. Finishing in second place was TPC Racing's Porsche GT3 Cup #36 car driven by Michael Levitas and Randy Probst. Rounding out the podium was Marc Bunting and Andy Lally also driving for TPC Racing in a Porsche GT3 Cup car #38.

After a rather wet 24-hour race at Daytona, the Miami race was contested under sunny skies. Hoosier's Grand American Series Track Service Manager Tim Gilvin commented on the race, "It was a beautiful weekend of racing in Miami and the Hoosier tires again performed extremely well. There were no tire related issues and we are looking forward to Phoenix."

The Hoosier Service crew at Miami consisted of Gilvin, Jim Bartholomew, Marc Brown, Ray Grant, Chris Grossman and Dan Webb.

Also of note at the event, for the first time in series history, the overall winning team had a female driver Venezuelan Milka Duno who shared driving duties with England's Andy Wallace driving in the Daytona Prototype class. The GT class was won by Boris Said and Bill Auberlen finishing 12th overall.

The Grand American Series next event is a Grand-Am Cup race again at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 26-27, while the Rolex Series will next compete April 8-10, at Phoenix (AZ). For more information about the series visit www.grandamerican.com

      

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