While it wasn’t the 197 MINI that started on the pole, RSR Motorsports and Automatic Racing did reach the podium for the Homestead 200. The 198 MINI co-driven by BJ Zacharias and Craig Conway took third place in the Street Tuner (ST) class. Randy Smalley and Owen Trinkler in the 196 MINI took 23rd place in ST while the 197 MINI co-driven by Sarah Cattaneo and VJ Mirzayan came in 27th.
A MINI Cooper S has captured the pole for today’s GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In the Street Tuner (ST) class, Sarah Cattaneo led an abbreviated session and will lead 33 cars to the green flag for that race.
Cattaneo drove the No. 197 Cruise America/Four Winds RV Mini Cooper S to a time of 1:31.810 (90.186 mph). Her time came midway through the session, which ended prematurely when Gunter Schmidt – driving the No. 22 Sick Kids Foundation/C&P Cross Border Chevrolet Cobalt SS – hit the wall in Turn 1, causing severe front end damage to the car. Schmidt was not seriously injured in the incident.
Cattaneo, who is in her first full season with RSR Motorsports, becomes the first female driver since Valerie Limoges to win a pole position in the series since 2007. Limoges also accomplished her feat at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Cattaneo’s co-driver is VJ Mirzayan, and the duo’s car was among the fastest in morning practice.
“RSR Motorsports put together a great car for me,” Cattaneo said. “I got a great tow off of one of the Jettas. He took me all the way through three and four. That’s basically how I got my fast lap.”
Owning a MINI is fun enough, but MINI USA goes further to make the experience even better. In the early years of the MINI, that meant welcome packages, free coffee mugs, and clever items like this UNAUTHORIZED OWNER’S MANUAL.
This stapled, 32 page brochure from 2002 covers topics like helpful British car terminology, the best places to stash stuff in your MINI, customizing your MINI, making room for romance in your MINI, essentials of good motoring mojo, and additional reading.
The manual states:
This manual is not intended to help you understand the operation and maintenance of your motor vehicle. Rather, it is meant to provide you with invaluable information that would, under normal driving conditions, take most car owners months to discover for themselves. Information that has been painstakingly gleaned from many hours of vehicle operation.
The booklet includes a page of stickers to label your toggle switches including “INVISIBLITY”, “MARBLES”, and “EJECTOR SEAT”.