Grand Prix-winning Ganassi a Goliath at Homestead-Miami Speedway
The SpeedSource No. 69 Mazda of Miami’s own Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato snuck past the sister No. 70 Mazda for the GT Class victory (photo courtesy: GRAND-AM Media)
Ganassi Racing’s Grand-Am squad picked up where their IndyCar counterparts left off at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Last fall, Dario Franchitti and his Ganassi team won the Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to capture the 2009 IndyCar Championship. And in Race 2 of the 2010 Grand-Am campaign March 6 at Homestead-Miami, it was TELMEX/Ganassi Racing-pair Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas taking the checkered flag.
Could it be a Ganassi trifecta when team pilot and South Florida-resident Juan Pablo Montoya takes to Homestead-Miami Speedway for NASCAR’s series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 21?
The Grand Prix of Miami began under sunny skies and 70-degree temperatures, and the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing duo of Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty—who claimed the 2009 Rolex Sports Car Series Championship last fall at Homestead-Miami—led early, followed by the Brumos Porsche of David Donohue and Darren Law. But it was the TELMEX/Ganassi Racing Riley-BMW who led when it mattered most: The 2008 Championship duo controlled the race as day turned to night, crossing the start/finish line just .255 seconds ahead of the polesitting Brumos Porsche.
"I sure didn't want to see that last caution, but I was happy for the fans," Pruett said after scoring his 23rd Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series overall victory. "This is tough competition. You never know what's going to happen until the checkered flag falls. It was pretty exciting in my seat, that's for sure."
Gurney rounded out the podium after piloting his Riley-Chevrolet to third place, 11.5 seconds behind Donohue. AIM Autosport—making its 2010 debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway after sitting out the Rolex 24 in January at Daytona—made a bold statement, claiming fourth after a gutsy drive by Mark Wilkins and Burt Frisselle. Starworks Motorsports drivers Mike Forest and Ryan Dalziel rounded out the Top 5.
In the Rolex Sports Car Series GT class, victory went down to the wire as the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8—driven by Coral Springs resident Sylvain Tremblay and Jonathan Bomarito—held the point until a late race caution occurred just moments before the finish. On the restart, the sister-SpeedSource No. 69 Mazda of Miami’s own Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato snuck past the No. 70, taking another win for the ever-improving duo. The No. 70 would fall back to fourth at the checkered flag as the Stevenson Motorsports Camaro took second, followed by the No. 41 Dempsey Racing Mazda of James Gue and Leh Keen in third.
Championship racing abounds at Homestead-Miami Speedway as the 2010 motorsports season continues: Both IndyCar (Oct. 1-2) and NASCAR (Nov. 19-21) again will crown Champions this fall in South Florida. For tickets and information, stay tuned to THEChampionshipTrack.com.
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