Haywood takes Performance Index lead

More laps led at Barber moves Hurley ahead of JC in ratings. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 27, 2003) -- Hurley Haywood and JC France have been playing leapfrog in the Rolex Series Performance Index standings and this week it is Haywood's turn to top...

More laps led at Barber moves Hurley ahead of JC in ratings.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 27, 2003) -- Hurley Haywood and JC France have been playing leapfrog in the Rolex Series Performance Index standings and this week it is Haywood's turn to top the charts. The pair of drivers share the wheel in the #59 Brumos Racing Porsche-powered FABCAR and earn the same points every race for car position. The difference comes in bonus points. Haywood, who qualified the car, also outpaced his teammate at Barber Motorsports Park by leading the field for 25 laps while France led 22 laps.

Ratings are determined by a computerized formula that considers traditional motorsports performance milestones such as overall finishing position and winning the pole. Ratings are enhanced for drivers who qualify the car, lead a lap, lead the most laps, and set the fastest time during a race.

Mosler driver Joao Barbosa moved up from fourth to third in the standings. He took the GTS class win at Barber with an impressive third overall. GT drivers continue to hold top positions. Marcus Motorsports BMW pilots Brian Cunningham and Hugh Plumb moved up to fourth and fifth respectively after their convincing class win in Alabama. Scuderia Ferrari of Washington drivers Cort Wagner and Brent Martini slid back a couple of spots to sixth and seventh.

Jean-Francois Dumoulin and Robert Julian strengthened their lead in the Grand-Am Cup Performance Index ratings. Dumoulin holds a three-point edge over his Doncaster Racing teammate. Behind them things shuffled quite a bit. Sylvain Tremblay jumped from 11th after Phoenix up into third place. Tremblay was the overall lap count leader at Barber, clicking off 35 laps in front of the pack in his Speedsource Porsche. Devon Powell jumped from sixth to fourth, while Greg Wilkins dropped from third to fifth.

Showing just how competitive Grand-Am Cup can get, Randy Pobst, who missed the Barber round because of a schedule conflict, dropped from fifth place after Phoenix all the way down to 38th in the current standings.

All of this will change again in a couple of weeks when the Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Cup Series take on the challenging 2.8-mile course at California Speedway June 6-8.Tickets are currently on sale for the event and can be purchased online at www.californiaspeedway.com. For more information on the Rolex Sports Car Series, visit www.grandamerican.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Randy Pobst , Devon Powell , Hurley Haywood , JC France , Joao Barbosa , Sylvain Tremblay , Jean-Francois Dumoulin , Hugh Plumb , Brent Martini , Greg Wilkins , Robert Juli , Cort Wagner