Fines to aid ill children

Grand American Road Racing Association has fined Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype drivers Max Papis and Jan Magnussen $5,100 each for “unacceptable driving tactics” in the Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami.

In addition to the fines, each driver also will be required this year to spend a day of community service at one of the U.S.-based Hole in the Wall Camps, the world’s only network of camps for children with life-threatening illnesses founded by actor and racer Paul Newman in 1988.

The $10,200 in total driver fines will be paid directly to Camp Boggy Creek, Newman’s Florida camp, to fund six campers for the 2004 summer sessions.

Battling for the lead with less than 10 laps to go in Miami, Papis, driving the CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing No. 01 Lexus Riley XI, and Magnussen, behind the wheel of the Doran-Lista Racing No. 27 Lexus Doran JE4, made repeated contact for nearly an entire lap around the 2.3-mile road course. The door-to-door banging ended with both drivers spinning off course in Turn One just after completing lap 101 of the 109-lap race. Magnussen was eliminated on the spot, while Papis nursed his damaged Daytona Prototype to a seventh-place finish.

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