DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 12, 2003) -- The Grand-Am Cup Series released the season's first point standings, with Canadian-based Doncaster Racing and its drivers Robert Julien and Jean-Francois Dumoulin grabbing the early points lead in the...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 12, 2003) -- The Grand-Am Cup Series released the season's first point standings, with Canadian-based Doncaster Racing and its drivers Robert Julien and Jean-Francois Dumoulin grabbing the early points lead in the team owner and driver standings for the Grand Sport I class following their victory at the season-opening Daytona 250.
The victory by Julien and Dumoulin in Doncaster's #119 Porsche GT3 Cup earned the duo 35 points. The pair's nearest rival in the points is a friendly one, as Doncaster's #7 Porsche finished second at the Daytona 250, garnering the entry and its drivers Dave Lacey and Greg Wilkins 32 points.
After winning the Sport Touring I driver championship with his brother last season, Wayne Nonnamaker began his assault on the Grand Sport II championship by winning the class in the opening round with his father Joe Nonnamaker in the Planet Earth Motorsports #41 Porsche 911. The father-son duo sit atop the GS II driver standings with a three-point lead over Jep Thornton and Dave Russell, who took second in the Automatic Racing #09 BMW M3.
Planet Earth Motorsports also leads the GS II team owner standings, with Automatice Racing in second place.
Honda of America Racing Team drivers Pete Halsmer and John Schmitt took the top spot in the Sport Touring I driver standings after scoring the class win in Daytona at the wheel of the #00 Acura RSX-S. The second set of HART drivers, Chad Gilsinger and Shawn Allen, trail their teammates by three points in the driver standings.
However, in the ST I team owner standings it is Team Lexus at the front of the pack. The #0 Lexus IS300 earned 30 points at the Daytona 250 with its third-place finish in class. That moved it to the top of the team owner standings because the HART entries do not participate in the Team Owners Program. TC Kline Racing's #12 BMW Z4 is second in the ST I team owner standings with 26 points.
Ed Magner and Caroline Wright are frontrunners in the Sport Touring II driver standings, making Wright Grand American Road Racing's first female to hold a points lead. The pair picked up 35 points in the driver standings following their ST II win in the WTF Engineering #48 Chevy Cavalier. Bill Fenton and Bob Beede garnered 32 points after finishing second in the Bill Fenton Motorsports #27 Acura Integra LS.
Bill Fenton Motorsports leads the ST II team owner standings with 32 points, due to WTF Engineering not holding a Team Owners Program membership. The HRPworld.com #43 Acura Integra LS is second in the team owner standings with 30 points.
Porsche holds the top spot in both the GS I and GS II manufacturer standings. The German manufacturer starts off the season with a strong nine-point advantage over Chevy in the GS I standings, while it leads BMW by three points in GS II. Acura has a five-point lead over Lexus in the ST I manufacturer points, but in the ST II class, Chevy has a three-point edge over Acura.
The Grand-Am Cup Series will next race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Miami 250, April 12-13. Additional information about the Grand-Am Cup Series including the complete point standings is available online at www.grandamerican.com.