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.