After receiving more abuse in the build-up to this afternoon's finale, the Brit will be cheered on by Ribbs as he looks to finish in the top five.
Ribbs has praised boss Ron Dennis for sticking by Hamilton, adding: "It's fantastic seeing Lewis doing so well and I am sure he will now open the doors for more black kids to come into the sport.
Ribbs was the first African American to drive at the Winston Cup level in 1986 and the first African American in the diversity program sponsored by Dodge in 2000.
Ribbs is teaming up with entertainer Pat Boone on a 1998 IRL team.
Their mother, Alma Ribbs Wyckoff, 36, of Los Gatos, died shortly after 10 p.
As they put Ribbs into the ambulance, her heart stopped.
4 Dodge Ram NASCAR Craftsman Truck that Ribbs will drive in the 2001 NCTS season.
Bobby Hamilton, whose nine poles, four wins and sixth-place championship standing were tops among Dodge teams last year, sees the addition of Ribbs as an opportunity to further enhance his team's competitiveness.
CONTACT: Alma Ribbs or Wendy Allen of 3Dfx Interactive, 415-934-2400; or Barbara Kohn, 408-327-0470, or bkohn@brodeur.
CONTACT: Alma Ribbs or Wendy Allen of 3Dfx Interactive, 415-934-2400; or Barbara Kohn or Linda White of Brodeur & Partners, 408-562-6108, or bkohn@brodeur.