Watkins Glen, NY (June 21, 2002) -- The Sports Car Grand Prix weekend is underway and already a new track record has been set. Darren Law, driver of the No. 01 G&W Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup, broke the existing qualifying record for the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series, Grand Sport I class, wheeling around the 3.377-mile course at 99.361 mph, 2:03.187. The previous record of 99.203 mph, 2:03.383 was set by Sylvain Tremblay in 2001.
Howie Liebengood was awarded the top spot in the Grand Sport II class after Grand American officials announced that the Istook/Aines Motorsports Group No. 04 Audi S4 would be forced to start from the back of the field due to a technical infraction found in the post-qualifying inspection. Alejandro Lince had recorded the quickest lap in the class during qualifying, but will have to start from the rear due to an improper fuel cell size in the Audi.
Starting on the Sport Touring I pole is Jim Hamblin in the Team Spartanburg No. 72 BMW Z3, while points leader Bill Fenton posted the fastest qualifying time in his class with his 2:22.185 lap at 86.085 mph. Fenton will lead the ST II field to the green flag in the No. 27 Acura Integra LS of Bill Fenton Motorsports.
Earlier in the day, Doug Peterson captured the victory in the 30-minute Ferrari Challenge race, coming across the line ahead of Michael Louli and Jim Kenton. Tomorrow's 45-minute Ferrari Challenge race goes off at 11:15 a.m., followed by Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series qualifying at 1:00 p.m. The two 250-mile Grand-Am Cup races take the green flag at 2:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Also on tap for tomorrow, the Rolex Series drivers will be signing autographs in the garage area outside the team transporters from 12:00 p.m. -- 1:00 p.m.
The Grand American Road Racing Association makes its first of two trips to The Glen with the Sports Car Grand Prix, including Sunday's legendary 6 Hours of The Glen with the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, and the always exciting Ferrari Challenge. Twilight racing will once again be a part of the weekend as the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series teams compete in two-250 mile races Saturday evening.
Tickets for the 2002 season, including the Sports Car Grand Prix weekend, are still available. For tickets, reserved camping, and additional information, please contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 607-535-2481 or log on to the official Watkins Glen site at www.theglen.com. For the finest Watkins Glen International items and apparel, motorsports collectibles, and authentic NASCAR merchandise, diecasts and clothing, stop by The Shop at 2 North Franklin Street in Watkins Glen or call 607-535-2338.