End of an Era for Autometrics Motorsports?

Charleston, SC, September 4, 2001: Since the beginning, the Grand American Road Racing Association (Grand-Am) has focused their efforts on emphasizing the rich traditions of sports car racing here in North America. One needs to look no further...

Charleston, SC, September 4, 2001: Since the beginning, the Grand American Road Racing Association (Grand-Am) has focused their efforts on emphasizing the rich traditions of sports car racing here in North America. One needs to look no further than the revival of the Road America 500, the Watkins Glen Six-Hour and, last season, The Paul Revere 250 for proof that those in charge respect and honor the past in order to move forward in the new millennium.

While it is possible to bring back some of our history, other bits and pieces need to be let go. Witness the Autometrics Motorsports Porsche 911 Carrera RSR.

When the green flag flies on the Daytona Finale at the world-famous Daytona International Speedway on Sept. 16, it could quite possibly be the last time a normally aspirated, air-cooled Porsche 911 professionally competes on the famed tri-oval. Autometrics Motorsports, in cooperation with Press Racing, will enter their #14 Porsche 911 RSR for Rolex 24 Hour veteran Cory Friedman and Grand-Am Cup competitor Ray Shaffer, in the season-ending three-hour Rolex Sports Car Series event.

"It seems fitting that the history of the air-cooled RSR should end here at Daytona with Grand-Am," states team owner Gordon Friedman. "The RSR did, after all, win on its American debut here in the hands of Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood some 28 years ago."

That original 911 RSR was a 2.8-liter model featuring five forward gears and was nothing more than a slightly modified version of the street-going Porsche Carrera RS. Today's RSR has grown to 3.8 liters with six forward gears, yet remains a slightly modified example of Porsche's 993-generation Carrera.

"Without a doubt, it takes a 911 GT3RS to win nowadays in the GT class," explains Autometrics lead driver Cory Friedman. "We're going to give the RSR one last go and then, hopefully, start to develop a GT3RS of our own for next year's Rolex 24."

Providing support for the Autometrics Motorsports effort will be HealthLink, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.-based MotorBahn (a provider of service for exotic automobiles featuring world-class facilities that combine European ambiance with American convenience), and Infinity Motorsports.

For more information on the Sept. 14-16 Grand American Finale at Daytona, from event schedules to ticket purchasing, visit www.grand-am.com.

-SportsRacer-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Hurley Haywood , Cory Friedman , Gordon Friedman
Teams Autometrics Motorsports