ATLANTA -- November 29 -- Led by Virginia's G&W Motorsports, which earned no less than five 2001 Rolex Sports Car Series championships with two different Porsche 911 race cars, Porsche private racing teams helped the sports car marque take home eight season titles in the two Grand American Road Racing Association's series.
In the Rolex Sports Car Series GT class, Phoenix, AZ, Darren Law piloted the G&W Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R to the drivers championship, with co-driver Matt Drendel, from Hickory, NC, finishing second, just 14 points behind.
With stiff competition from the BMW M-3 V8 and the other Porsche 911 GT3 R's, G&W team owner Cole Scrogham realized the challenge at the first event of the year -- the 24 Hours of Daytona.
"We saw the BMW put a lap on all the other competitors at Daytona before they broke, and the other Porsches were fast and reliable, so to win the title, we knew that Darren and Matt would have to drive mistake-free, and we would have to be perfect with our car preparation. It turned out just the way we hoped," said Scrogham, whose team just opened a new race shop at Virginia International Raceway.
G&W Motorsports also won the GT Team Championship, and Porsche outscored BMW to win the Manufacturers Championship. The manufacturers title was made possible not only by the G&W Motorsports results, but with the help of the other Porsche 911 GT3 R teams, which finished in five of the top six team positions. All of those top Porsche teams scored victories during the year, including Zip/Pumpelly Racing (drivers Spencer Pumpelly and Steve Ivankovich), Fordahl/Crazy Redhead Racing (Kim Hiskey and Randy Pobst), and both entries from Orbit Racing.
The #43 Orbit Porsche 911 GT3 RS, was driven during the season by Leo Hindery and Peter Baron. They were aided at the 24 Hours of Daytona by NASCAR star Kyle Petty, and at Watkins Glen by Petty and NASCAR teammate John Andretti, who took the car to an important win. The #42 Orbit car, with Richard Millman and Tommy Byrne at the helm, also finished in the top six in the team points.
In the GTS class, G&W Motorsports, with drivers Steve Marshall, from Christiansburg, VA, and Cort Wagner, from Santa Monica, CA, drove their Porsche 911 GT2 to consistent top-three finishes to lead their team to its second championship, despite the presence of the higher-horsepower Saleen S7R. Marshall and Wagner also put Porsche on top in the manufacturers points chase, beating Saleen by a single point.
In the Grand-Am Street Stock Series, the Speedsource Porsche 911, with team owner Sylvain Trembley, of Pompano Beach, FL, and David Shep, of Toronto, Ontario, at the wheel, scored seven Grand Sport class wins on their way to a triple championship win. Trembley won the driver's title, while the Speedsource won the Team Championship and Porsche the Manufacturers Championship
All drivers and teams will receive their awards at the Grand-Am end-of-the-year awards banquet, which will take place in Daytona on January 4 during the 2002 Daytona 24 Hours practice days.