Doncaster Racing wins third straight Grand-Am Cup at Daytona.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Jan. 31, 2003) -- Doncaster Racing's No. 119 Porsche GT3 Cup went from the back of the field to the front as the team of Robert Julien and Jean-Francois Dumoulin captured Friday's season-opening Grand-Am Cup race at Daytona International Speedway.
Julien started the No. 119 car at the back of the field after their pole-winning speed was disqualified on Thursday because proper paperwork wasn't submitted in time.
"We started in the back, but frankly everybody in front of us was very courteous and let us by," Julien said. "We were able to work our way up to the quicker cars relatively quickly. There's not a scratch on the car."
Rounding out the overall top three were Doncaster Racing's sister Porsche GT3 Cup driven by Dave Lacey and Greg Wilkins. They also started in the back of the field because they didn't submit the proper paperwork in time.
"We tried to work together (with our sister car), although with so much traffic you really had to pick your spots," Wilkins said. "The slower cars were very courteous and gave us room to get through."
The No. 66 SpeedSource Porsche took third with drivers Paul Mears Jr. and David Haskell.
It's the third straight Grand-Am Cup victory for Doncaster Racing at Daytona. Scott Maxwell and David Empringham drove the team to victory in last year's season opener, while Maxwell, Empringham and Dave Lacey captured the six-hour enduro last November.
The other class winners in the Grand-Am Cup consisted of Joe and Wayne Nonnamaker in a Porsche 911 in Grand Sport II; Pete Halsmer and John Schmitt in an Acura in Sport Touring I; Ed Magner and Caroline Wright with a Chevrolet Cavalier in Sport Touring II.
Rolex 24 At Daytona: The Rolex 24 At Daytona will go green on Saturday at 1 p.m. Former Rolex 24 champion Bobby Rahal will serve as grand marshal. Serving as the honorary starter of the Rolex 24 is Walter Fischer, President of Rolex U.S.A. Fischer will wave the green flag to start the twice-around-the-clock challenge. The national anthem for the Rolex 24 will be performed by S-Curve recording artists The Beu Sisters of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Candice, Christie, Jilaine and Danielle make up The Beu Sisters.
1. Brian DeVries, driving the No. 38 Nissan GTP, captured the 90-minute Historic Sportscar Racing enduro on Friday at the Speedway. DeVries, who raced the enduro without a co-driver, outlasted the No. 83 Nissan GTP of Toby Bean and Brian Goellnicht for the 11.955-second victory. "When you're first at Daytona, it's a big first," said DeVries, who made his first visit to Gatorade Victory Lane at Daytona.
Sponsor News: There were two sponsorship announcements on Saturday at the Speedway. Grand American Road Racing Association President Roger Edmondson announced that Acxiom Corporation has become the title sponsor of the Grand Touring division (GTS and GT) of the Rolex Sports Car Series. Included in the sponsorship will be the Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge, which offers competitors an opportunity to win awards worth more than $80,000. Watkins Glen International President Craig Rust announced that Sahlen Packing Company of Buffalo, N.Y., will be the title sponsor of the Sports Car Grand Prix and the legendary Six Hours of The Glen, scheduled for June 20-22 at the famed road course. The weekend will be known as the Sahlen's Sports Car Grand Prix and Sunday's main event will be referred to as the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen.
Tickets for the Rolex 24 At Daytona, which goes green at 1 p.m. on Saturday, are available at the gate or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223. 30-