Tonight's qualifying races will be the ninth event of the inaugural Grand-Am season, awarding full points in addition to setting the grid for Sunday's Six Hours, the 10th and final race of the campaign.
The No. 00 Team Orion/Spirit of Chicago is able to repair the extensive front end damage to its Mustang in time to make the grid. Thirty-six GT cars take the green flag for the first 100-kilometer, 18-lap race. Hubert Haupt threads the needle heading into turn one to grab the lead. The No. 55 of Chris Gleason pits to pin down its hood, rejoins the race well behind the pack.
Lap one: No. 25-5-09-81-50; Lap 2, No. 3 Porsche of Stefanowicz pulls off course in the esses. Lap 3: 25-5-09-81-50-91-07-11-46-80-18-00. ... No. 50 BMW of Auberlen (running fifth overall and second in GTU) is off course and stuck in a gravel trap, bringing out a full course caution at the end of four laps. Haupt had a four-second lead over No. 09 Conway at the time of the caution. Car No. 79 of Syracuse driver Dave Kicak pulls off course. No. 84 retires, dropped valve. While John Finger started, American GT points leader Andy McNeil is on the team and entered the race with an eight point lead in AGT.
Lap seven: Restart, Irv Hoerr takes fourth overall and second in AGT entering turn one. Hoerr gains the lead in AGT at the end of lap eight. Lap nine: Battle for second, Hoerr challenging Borcheller, one second behind Haupt. No. 81 Law has a comfortable lead over No. 7 David Murry in GTU ... Lap 10, No. 00 Paul Jenkins pits. ... Lap 11, Hoerr takes second and sets sights on Haupt, Borcheller third overall and second in GTO. Law is fourth overall and first in GTU, while No. 07 Haywood is fifth overall and third in GTO.
Lap 12: No. 91 Irv Hoerr is now first overall and leader in AGT, while No. 5 Borcheller chases No. 25 Haupt for the GTO lead ... Lap 14: No. 5 Borcheller takes second overall and first in GTO, but seven seconds behind overall and AGT leader Hoerr.
Lap 18: Irv Hoerr takes the checkered flag for his third Grand-Am victory of the season and second of the year in American GT. Margin of victory is 4.612 seconds. Terry Borcheller takes second overall and his sixth GTO triumph of the year. Darren Law wins his fifth GTU victory.... Craig Conway comes to a stop on the final lap. This gives second in AGT to No. 11 Ken Bupp, also giving hs co-driver Doug Mills an unofficial two-point lead in the AGT championship.