DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 06, 2003) -- The Rolex Sports Car Series honored its 2002 team, driver and manufacturer champions during its annual Salute to Champions held at DAYTONA USA on Saturday, Jan. 4. Rolex Watch USA President Walter Fischer was on hand to present the 2002 driver champions with specially engraved Rolex Oyster Perpetual Daytona Cosmograph watches in stainless steel and 18K gold.
Didier Theys, of Scottsdale, Ariz., was honored as the SportsRacing Prototype driver champion. Theys piloted the Doran Lista Racing #27 Judd-powered Dallara during the 2002 season to four victories, including the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Terry Borcheller, of Phoenix, Ariz., received the top honors in the SportsRacing Prototype II class after winning seven races at the wheel of the Rand Racing #8 Nissan-engined Lola last season.
Chris Bingham, of Seattle, Wash., was recognized for capturing his second-straight GTS driver championship in the Park Place Racing #5 Saleen S7R. Cort Wagner, of Los Angeles, Calif., accepted the GT driver awards for himself and co-driver Bill Auberlen, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., who was unable to attend the ceremony. The pair teamed for five-straight wins in the Scuderia Ferrari of Washington #33 Ferrari 360GT in 2002. Kerry Hitt, of Harrisburg, Pa., accepted his first driver championship in the American GT class for his accomplishments at the wheel of the ACP Motorsports #19 Corvette.
In addition to their driver championship trophy and Rolex watch, each of the driver champions was presented with a framed pastel painting of himself and his car by Dr. Beth Beckner-Mills, wife of past American GT driver champion Doug Mills.
Dyson Racing Team received its third-straight SRP driver championship trophy, and Rand Racing was honored as team champion of the SRPII class. Park Place Racing accepted its second-straight GTS team championship award. Scuderia Ferrari of Washington was honored as the GT team champion, while Morgan-Dollar Motorsports was named the American GT champion.
Judd and Dallara were recognized as the championship-winning engine and chassis manufacturers in the SRP class, while Nissan and Lola picked up their third-straight championships in the SRPII class. Saleen accepted its second GTS manufacturer championship, and Porsche was given its third-straight GT championship. Chevrolet was also named the American GT manufacturer championship for the third-straight year.