MONARO-BASED PONTIAC GTO.R TAKES ON AMERICA IN GRAND-AM SPORTSCAR SERIES With victories in both the 2002 and 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour endurance events, Holden's Monaro is now providing the basis of Pontiac's challenger for the GT class of the...
MONARO-BASED PONTIAC GTO.R TAKES ON AMERICA IN GRAND-AM SPORTSCAR SERIES
With victories in both the 2002 and 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour endurance events, Holden's Monaro is now providing the basis of Pontiac's challenger for the GT class of the Grand American Rolex Sportscar Series in the United States.
A two-car team of Pontiac GTO.R's will be the first to debut in the series, after GM Racing announced it had chosen American team The Racer's Group to run the first two of its cars, debuting at least one of them in the 250-mile event at Daytona International Speedway on June 30.
GM Racing have spent the last four months designing, constructing, developing and testing the six-litre machine, which will take on rivals including the Porsche GT3, Ferrari 360 Challenge and BMW M3 in the GT category which supports the outright Daytona Prototype class.
The Pontiac GTO.R features a new six-litre LS2 engine with its output reduced to comply with Grand-Am regulations.
It also has attracted former Formula 1 driver Jan Magnussen, who also competes for the works Chevrolet Corvette team in the American Le Mans Series.
He will share one car with American Paul Edwards while the other will be driven by regular TRG drivers Marc Bunting and Andy Lally, who lead the GT series after a strong start driving a Porsche.
"These new cars will give us the competitive edge and emphasize what Pontiac performance is all about," said Mark-Hans Richer, Pontiac marketing director.
"We entered road racing last year to prove that Pontiac is a brand focused on performance. Our first season, we beat out such makes as Porsche, BMW and Lexus to win the engine manufacturers championship in the Daytona Prototype class.
"We'd like to show the world that we can do the same in the GT class, which is even more production-based than the DP class."
The Holden Monaro is exported to the United States as a Pontiac GTO and continues to prove to be a much sought after sports coupe that has proven its credentials on road and racetrack.