DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A series record entry of more than 65 production-based race cars will be on the starting at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, Feb. 4, when the Motorola Cup series kicks off its third season. A three-hour race for the...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A series record entry of more than 65 production-based race cars will be on the starting at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, Feb. 4, when the Motorola Cup series kicks off its third season.
A three-hour race for the cars will start at 2:30 p.m. The Motorola Cup series is all new for 2000, highlighted by the creation of a new Super Grand Sports class for the fastest cars. Nine Chevrolet Corvette C5, Dodge Viper and Saleen Mustang entries will be in the spotlight.
The series will pay out over $60,000 in prize money at the Daytona event, not including manufacturer contingencies.
Two-time Motorola Cup race winner Randy Pobst, Melbourne, Fla., was the fastest of the new cars, turning a lap of more than 104 miles per hour on the famed 3.56-mile combination road course and high-banked super speedway. Pobst, who was also the fastest tester in the GTU class for the Rolex 24-hour race, will drive a new Corvette with road racing veteran Amos Johnson, Oldsmar, Fla.
Leading the Dodge Viper brigade will be two-time American "street stock" champion Joe Varde, Charlotte, N.C., with car owner David Amick, Batesburg, S.C. Amick is the older brother of NASCAR Busch Series driver Lyndon Amick.
Terry Borcheller, Phoenix, a dual series champion in 1998, headlines the Zippo Motorsports/T-F Racing team's entry of two Saleen Mustangs in the Super Grand Sports class, and two Ford Mustang Cobras in the Grand Sports class.
A new Motorola Cup driver brings a famous name to the series. John Rutherford, son of the three-time Indy 500 winner, will share a new Audi S4 in the Grand Sports class with owner Don Istook. Both men are from Ft. Worth.
The former Sports and Touring classes have been combined into one class, aptly renamed Sport-Touring. Lance Stewart, Jupiter, Fla., the 1999 Sports class champion in an Acura Integra, switches to a factory-assisted Audi A4 in the new class fielded by Team Hurricane owner John Bourassa, Jupiter Island, Fla.
Last year's Touring class co-champions, Canton, Ohio, brothers Wayne and Will Nonnamaker, have parked their Mazdas and will debut new Planet Earth Acura Integras GSRs in the redesigned Compact class, now called the "C2K" class. As part of their ongoing environmentally-friendly team, ten percent of their winnings will be donated to the Friends of the Everglades foundation. Their father, Joe, a two-time Daytona street stock race winner, returns to racing with a new Corvette.
One of the biggest threats in the C2K class will be the new Honda Civic Si built by engineers at Ohio's Honda of America manufacturing facilities. The HART (Honda of America Racing Team) entry will have Honda engineers Bryan Johnson and John Schmitt sharing the car with three-time Rolex 24 GT class winner Peter Halsmer, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Other 1999 Motorola Cup champions returning to the series are Grand Sports titlist Doug Goad, Farmington Hills, Mich., who jumps to the Super Grand Sports class in a Corvette to be shared with long-time co-driver Devon Powell, Canada; and Compact champion Bob Beede, Falmouth, Mass., who will co-drive a new Honda Civic Si with Bill Fenton, Keene, N.H.