SEBRING, Fla. - A series record 65 cars are registered for the second round of the Motorola Cup's North American Street Stock Championship season, a three-hour race at Sebring International Raceway on Sunday, March 19. The Motorola Cup starting...
SEBRING, Fla. - A series record 65 cars are registered for the second round of the Motorola Cup's North American Street Stock Championship season, a three-hour race at Sebring International Raceway on Sunday, March 19.
The Motorola Cup starting field will be the largest of any professional series race at Sebring this weekend. The cars, all modified versions of today's hottest performance street cars, compete in four classes - Super Grand Sports, Grand Sports, Sport-Touring and C2K.
At least four new Super Grand Sports cars are scheduled to make their debut. New Chevrolet Corvette C5's will be driven by the devastating duo of John Heinricy, Holly, Mich., and Stu Hayner, Yorba Linda, Calif., and by Michael Culver, Fairfield, Conn., and teammate Mike Fitzgerald, Phoenix. Ron Grimm, Satellite Beach, Fla., has not yet named a co-driver for his debuting Corvette.
The world competition debut of the 2000 model Saleen SR Mustang is also slated. A Saleen under the T-F Racing/Zippo Motorsports banner will be raced by Michael DeFontes, Baltimore. MID, and co-driver Terry Borcheller, Phoenix.
Daytona Beach's Craig Conway and teammate Peter Tonelli, Northboro, Mass., drew first blood on the season with a win in the Sunoco/Powell Motorsports Corvette C5. In the Sport/Touring class, Tampa-based teammates Scooter Gabel and car owner Carlos de Quesada will face 14 other competitors as they go for a second class win in the Alegra Motorsports Porsche. Ed Magner, Grand Blanc, MI, and co-driver Frank Del Vecchio, Trumbull, Conn., will also go for a repeat win in the C2K (Compact 2000) class with the WTF Engineering Oldsmobile.
The large number of intriguing new entries include the father-son team of Californians Jeff and Don Trask, driving the Sail California BMW Z3 Coupe from Team Spartanburg. Don Trask, the father, began his racing career only six years ago, at age 60, making him the elder statesman of Sebring's Motorola Cup field.
Associate sponsors of the Motorola Cup series are Hoosier Tire, Sunoco, Deringer, Sony, Castrol, Speed Stick and Satisfied.