DAYTONA BEACH, Fla- -- Craig Conway has been road racing in America since 1992 without a win, but Friday night at Daytona International Speedway, Conway broke his "almost, but not quite" string with a stirring victory in the 2000 season debut...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla- -- Craig Conway has been road racing in America since 1992 without a win, but Friday night at Daytona International Speedway, Conway broke his "almost, but not quite" string with a stirring victory in the 2000 season debut race of the Motorola Cup road racing series.
What made Conway's win even sweeter was that it happened just two Interstate 95 intersections from his home- "I live close to the Speedway and my car dealership is just down the street," said Conway. "To score my first win here is very, very special, but the last couple of laps, I was awful nervous."
Conway and co-driver Peter Tonelli, Northboro, Mass,, drove the Powell Motorsport/ Sunoco Chevrolet Corvette C5, a race car also in its maiden race.
They topped an eight-car field In the Motorola Cup's new Super Grand Sports class, which saw the lead change hands many times between Corvette and Dodge Viper drivers.
Conway's teammate, Doug Goad, Farmington Hills, Mich-, the 1998-99 Motorola Cup Grand Sports season champion, debuted his Corvette with a pole position and led much of the race. "After our second pit stop, (team owner John Powell got on the radio to Craig and I and said that while we were in the pits, a rubber driveshaft boot had fallen from somebody's car, but they didn't know which one it came from, and that we should both take It easy, two laps later we found out whose car it came from. Mine."
Finishing second, and winning the Grand Sports class, were Porsche 993 driver Richard Spenard, Beaconsfield, Quebec, and David Shop, Toronto, who won their class by only 15 seconds over their team's second car,
The Sport-Touring class was won by Porsche 944 drivers Scooter Gable and Carlos DeQueseda, both Tampa, Fla. "This is a great car," said DeQuesada. "It was a former car in the old America series. It was one of only seven such for-racing-only cars built by Porsche that year, and as such it's very valuable. But I'm a Porsche collector, too, and I love to rare this car."
Ed Magner, Grand Blanc, Mich-, and co-driver Frank Del Vecchio, Trumbull, Conn., won the C2K class In Magner's Oldsmobile Achieva. "We didn't have another lap left In the gas tank," said Del Vecchio. "We made only one pit stop for gas and fires," added Magner, "and it appears we put In the right amount of gas and no more-"