DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 28, 2002) - The street stock racing season will kickoff at Daytona International Speedway this week with the first round of the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series. The season-opening two-hour race will be Friday, Feb. 1...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 28, 2002) - The street stock racing season will kickoff at Daytona International Speedway this week with the first round of the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series. The season-opening two-hour race will be Friday, Feb. 1 at 2:30 p.m. Nearly 60 cars varying from high performance Corvettes and Porsches to the latest generation Acura Integra and Ford Focus will take to the 3.56-mile road course. Last year's championship-winning teams will be back in hopes of repeating their titles, while a large contingent of upstart racers will be looking for the upset.
Grand-Am Cup's premier class - Grand Sport I - saw a growth spurt during the off season. Thirteen cars are set to race in the class, including new Porsche entries from Zoom Motorsports and Team Turbo Performance.
2001 champions Powell Motorsports will be back to defend their title with two Corvette Z06 entries, however they will face fierce competition from their returning rivals. SpeedSource and Doncaster Racing will each field a pair of Porsche Cup cars, while Planet Earth Motorsports returns to the class with a new Corvette, replacing the one destroyed at Homestead last year. After running a handful of races in 2001, G&W Motorsports will make a run at the GS I championship with two Porsche Cup entries.
The Grand Sport II class will see the return of several top teams from last season. Leading the charge will be the defending champion SpeedSource team with three Porsche 911 entries. Competition Preparation will also return with its BMW M3, joined by two new M3 entries from Bell Motorsports. Audi will also be present in GS II, with Istook/Aines Motorsport Group fielding a pair of S4s.
The strong import contingent in the GS II class will face off against an assembly of American iron, with Snipes Ford Motorsports, Shreiner Racing, JBS Motorsports and Maz Q Motorsports all running Ford Mustangs, in addition to Michael Baughman Racing campaigning a Firebird.
The Sport Touring I class had the tightest competition of the 2001 season, with the team championship coming down to a tiebreaker. The 2002 season is shaping up to be just as competitive as more than 20 teams vie for the title. Defending team champion Villaconn International will return with its trio of BMW Z3 Coupes, as well as last year's driver champion, Bob Endicott, in his King Motorsports Acura Integra R.
The King Motorsports Integra R will be one of many as nine teams field Acuras in the class. SpeedSource will also be represented in its third class with two Porsche Boxsters. Several teams will move up to the ST I class for 2002, including the Honda of America Racing Team and Hyundai Motorsports.
The Sport Touring II class saw the most changes during the off-season when its rules were modified to make it a more entry-level class for racers. The rule changes opened the door for many new cars, including Prisma Racing's Ford Focus and Caduceus Motorsports' Mazda Miata.
Several of the racers made adjustments to remain in the class, including 2001 driver champion Will Nonnamaker, who will pilot one of HRPworld.com's two Acura Integra LS entries. Baglieracing will also be back with its Mazda Protégé, in addition to Bill Fenton Motorsports' Acura Integra R.
The 2002 Grand-Am Cup season will kick off at the 40th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, where Grand-Am Cup will race on Friday, Feb.1 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale for the Grand-Am Cup race, as well as the entire Rolex 24 At Daytona event weekend. They may be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at 386-252-RACE.
More information on Grand-Am Cup is available online at www.grand-am.com/grandamcup.