Marcus Motorsports plans 2003 Rolex Grand American season. RICHMOND, VA., FEBRUARY 13. Marcus Motorsports today announced their plans to contest the entire 2003 Rolex Grand American Sports Car series in an updated BMW M3. Road racing standouts...
Marcus Motorsports plans 2003 Rolex Grand American season.
RICHMOND, VA., FEBRUARY 13. Marcus Motorsports today announced their plans to contest the entire 2003 Rolex Grand American Sports Car series in an updated BMW M3. Road racing standouts Hugh Plumb and Brian Cunningham have been hired as drivers for the year.
Plumb, who had four wins with the Realtime Racing team, scored 14 podiums and qualified in the top five in 85% of his Speedvision World Challenge races. In 2002 Plumb switched to GT Porsches in GrandAm and the American LeMans Series. He led the GT class for much of the first 10 hour of the 2002 Rolex 24 at Daytona, and took a second at the 12 Hours of Sebring, behind a factory Porsche. The former Skip Barber winner began his racing career on motorcycles, winning both Super Sport and Super Bike championships.
Cunningham, grandson of famed sports car racer Briggs Cunningham, was most recently a BMW team driver for PTG. He scored three wins and 19 top 5 finishes in 28 starts in GT racing, and was runner-up for the 1999 ALMS GT Championship. Racing in IMSA's GT1 class in 1996 he took one pole, three fastest laps, and three podiums in five races. Cunningham's impressive background also includes the Skip Barber series, FF2000, the Oldsmobile Pro Series, Toyota Atlantic, British F3, Indy Lights, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series, and GrandAm.
The team opened its season at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, finishing sixth in the GT class and 13th overall in spite of losing over 30 laps to replace a differential.
"Hugh and Brian are two winning drivers," team owner Steve Marcus said, "and PTG has helped us refine and improve our BMW, so we're aiming for the top step of the podium this year. We have the support to run the full season, and the entire team is excited about our prospects for the year."