Saturday, April 28, 2012
Rain Cancels Qualifying for Tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Miami
MIAMI -- Rain canceled qualifying for Sunday’s Rolex Sports Car Series Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway, putting the championship contenders together at the front of the field with points leader and Ft. Lauderdale-based Starworks Motorsport on the pole in the Daytona Prototype class.
With rainy conditions continuing, GRAND-AM and Homestead-Miami Speedway officials opted to cancel Saturday’s scheduled qualifying session for the Grand Prix of Miami and replace it with optional practice. Today’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Kia 200 remains set for 2:45 p.m. EST.
It gives the championship-leading No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Riley-Ford of Enzo Potolicchio and Ryan Dalziel the pole for tomorrow's two-hour and 45-minute race.
“This morning [in practice], we were really fast in the rain,” Potolicchio said. “I was happy with our setup for rain and actually, I want the rain to stay around here for the race tomorrow. I think we have a really strong package for the rain.”
Potolicchio will be joined on the front row by North Palm Beach resident John Pew, who along with Miami’s Ozz Negri won January's 50th Rolex 24 At Daytona in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Riley-Ford.
"I think we were pleasantly surprised this morning from the first lap of how much grip we had on the [rain] tires," Dalziel said. "Aquaplaning was as minimal as you can get when you have that much rain.
"Sometimes you go into a wet weekend and you're not really positive because so much can change... But I'm actually pretty confident that we can have a consistent car and have consistent tires and stay out front until the end."
The No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP of Richard Westbrook and Antonio Garcia, winners earlier this month at Barber Motorsports Park, will line up third, with the No. 2 Starworks Riley-Ford of South Florida resident Alex Popow and Lucas Luhr starting fourth.
Defending Rolex Series champions and Grand Prix of Miami race winners Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas will start fifth in the No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Riley-BMW.
John Potter and Andy Lally will start from the Grand Touring class pole in the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche by virtue of leading the point standings. The No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche of Leh Keen and Andrew Davis will roll off second, Parkland resident Sylvain Tremblay and Jonathan Bomarito in the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8.
Teams will have an additional 30-minute practice tomorrow morning, prior to the start of the Grand Prix of Miami, rain or shine.
Adult tickets for Saturday’s “Kia 200” and Sunday’s “Grand Prix of Miami” and are $40, and kids 12 & under are FREE. In addition, all tickets (adult and children) include paddock access, parking is FREE, and fans are welcome to bring in their own food and drink in coolers measuring as large as 14x14x14. For tickets and more information, visit HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com or call (866) 409-RACE.
About Homestead-Miami Speedway
The Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The 640-acre facility is active more than 280 days per year and hosts NASCAR’s Championship Races during Ford Championship Weekend (November 16-18, 2012). The Sprint Cup Championship Ford 400 is broadcast live on TV and radio to 175 countries and into 24 languages. The 2011 championship attracted ESPN Television’s largest NASCAR Sprint Cup viewership ever with a peak audience of 10.5 million when the checkered flag fell. Homestead-Miami Speedway, featuring a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course, generates more than $250 million annually for the region. For more information, visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.