Andy Wallace and Milka Duno gave Howard-Boss Motorsports its first win in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series last night, taking the chequered flag in the Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The victory was a milestone, as Duno became the first female driver to ever take the overall victory in a Rolex Series race, and marked a dramatic comeback by the team after it qualified at the tail of a long line of Daytona Prototypes heading the grid for round two of the series. It also went some way to assuaging Wallace's last-gasp disappointment in the Daytona 24 Hours.
Duno started the #2 CITGO Crawford-Pontiac from 15th position and handed the reigns over to co-driver Wallace on lap 43 of the 109-lap race. The Englishman then used all his extensive sportscar experience to bully his way through the field and move into the top three.
A late-race caution set up a 14-lap sprint to the chequered flag, with the newer of two CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley entries leading the field back to the
green. However, sportscar inexperience told, as Luis Diaz slid onto the grass in turn two at the restart, bringing out the double yellows yet again and resulting in a ten-lap shootout.
When the returned to green again, it was Max Papis in the other CompUSA Chip Ganassi entry at the front, but the seasoned Italian had former ALMS ace Jan Magnussen nipping at his heels in the Doran-Lista Racing JE4.
As the pair of Lexus-powered prototypes fought for the lead, Wallace sat back in third place, watching the battle in front of him. His patience was well judged for, on lap
101, the #27 and #01 cars began running door-to-door, banging into each other as they came onto the front stretch. As the two went into turn one, they finally spun each other out after contact, allowing Wallace to breeze by and take the lead.
The incident also allowed the #81 G&W Motorsports Doran-BMW of Cort Wagner and Brent Martini to take second place overall in its debut race, while local drivers