Road America race report

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – David Amick and Joe Varde won the two-hour Motorola Cup race on the 4.0-mile Road America circuit here Saturday, but it was only by a :01.212 margin over fast-closing Doug Goad and Devon Powell. Varde, Charlotte, N.C., led...

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – David Amick and Joe Varde won the two-hour Motorola Cup race on the 4.0-mile Road America circuit here Saturday, but it was only by a :01.212 margin over fast-closing Doug Goad and Devon Powell.

Varde, Charlotte, N.C., led the final 15 of 43 race laps in the Team Amick/Grant-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Viper, holding off Goad, Farmington Hills, Mich., in the Sunoco/Powell Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette C5. Amick, Batesburg, S.C., and Powell, Port Perry, Ont., Can., started the respective cars.

“Doug and I have raced in these kinds of cars since 1985,” said Varde. “We’ve been opponents for competing teams, I’ve built his cars and raced as his teammate, and I’ve been his co-driver. I know he can be a tough customer, but today I gave the Dodge Viper all I had and held him off. He made a very hard run on me at the end of the race, but we held him off.”

Varde and Amick won for the fourth time this season and continue to lead the Super Grand Sports class points in the Motorola Cup Presented by NewTech Group International.

Two relative newcomers to the series won the Grand Sports class – Sylvain Tremblay, Deerfield, Fla., and car builder/co-driver Benoit Theetge, Quebec City, Que., and gave Theetge’s new Wynn’s Acura NSX a two car length win. “The Acura NSX was only finished last Sunday night in Quebec, and it’s a winner already,” enthused Tremblay. “We plan to do more Motorola Cup races this year and work on a program to do the full series in 2001. This was a great race today and I can’t remember when I’ve had more fun.”

In the Sport-Touring class, the battle for the win was just as close as Chuck Goldsborough, Baltimore, Md., drove the Performance Engineering Lexus GS 400 to a :01.1 win over the Team Spartanburg BMW Z3 Coupe driven by Jeff Trask, Santa Ana, Calif. “We were desperately trying to not use up the brakes,” said Goldsborough. “The brake pedal finally went to the floor in the last turn of the last lap, so we timed it perfect.” Goldsborough’s teammate was Rick Fairbanks, Greenville, S.C.

The C2K class saw the fourth win of the season by the Honda of America Racing Team Honda Civic Si entries; the winning car at Road America was driven by Bryan Johnson, Marysville, Oh., and by Peter Halsmer, Bloomfield, Mich. The Hondas inherited the lead after the Hyundai Ti buron of Mark Craig and Jocelyn Hebert suffered a broken clutch with two laps to go and a 10 second class lead.

Associate sponsors of the Motorola Cup Series presented by NewTech Group International are the Grant-A-Wish Foundation, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco, Deringer, Sony, Castrol, Speed Stick and Satisfied.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Devon Powell , Doug Goad , Chuck Goldsborough , Jocelyn Hébert , Rick Fairbanks , David Amick , Joe Varde , Benoit Theetge , Port Perry , Mark Craig
Teams HART