FIELD SET FOR TOMORROW’S “KIA 200”

Andy Lally at Barber Motorsports Park

Andy Lally's two-race pole streak (pictured here at Barber Motorsports Park) was snapped by teammate Mat Pombo at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday. Lally will start second in tomorrow's Kia 200 (photo courtesy: GRAND-AM Media)

Mat Pombo led a front-row sweep for Kinetic/Kia Racing in Street Tuner (ST) class qualifying for tomorrow’s Kia 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Pombo won his first career pole in the No. 12 Kia Forte Koup with a lap of 1:31.171 (90.818 mph) to break the Homestead-Miami Speedway ST qualifying track record. This marks the third consecutive pole start for Kia Racing. Teammate Andy Lally qualified second in the No. 10 car.

“This is a whole team effort, and being the monkey behind the wheel is the fun part,” Pombo said. “We rolled off the truck fast, and I’ve got to thank Andy for an awesome draft. It’s going to be good to start up front with a clear view for the start.”

Nick Longhi gave Miami-based Rum Bum Racing a head start to victory in tomorrow’s Kia 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, winning the Grand Sport (GS) class pole position with a lap of 1:25.811 (96.491 mph) in the No. 13 Porsche 997, co-driven by Matt Plumb. Longhi broke his own Homestead-Miami Speedway track to capture the pole for Saturday’s Kia 200.
 
“Being a Miami-based team, Homestead-Miami Speedway is our home track, and it has been
really good for us,” said Longhi. “I love the banking here, and I do really well in these kinds of corners. I’m happy to start up front again in our home race.”

David Donohue took a first step towards Action Express Racing’s goal of taking the checkered flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway by posting the quickest time in the first of two GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series practice sessions on Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Miami—Race 3 of the 2012 GRAND-AM campaign.

Donohue turned a best lap at 111.646 mph (1:14.163) on the 2.3-mile course in the No. 5 Action
Express Racing Corvette DP.

“We tried to go quick today,” Donohue said. “Our main goal was to see how the tire plays out.
Having a good car on old tires is going to be the key here, although having fresh tires – if there’s
a late-race caution – could be a game changer.”

The top four Daytona Prototype speeds of the day were turned in the morning session. Orlando resident Ryan Dalziel was quickest in the second session and fifth overall at 110.596 mph (1:14.867) in the No. 8 Duncan/Motorola Ford/Riley of Ft. Lauderdale-based Starworks Motorsport.

 West Palm Beach resident Guy Cosmo posted the fastest GT class speed in the No. 03 Tequila Patron Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am. Cosmo’s best run was a lap at 103.649 mph (1:19.885) for the Extreme Speed Motorsports team based in Stuart.

Adult tickets for Saturday’s Kia 200 and Sunday’s Grand Prix of Miami and Sportsman Showcase are $40, and kids 12 and 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,call (866) 409-RACE.

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