TPC Racing victorious in Lexus Grand American 250 FONTANA, Calif. (June 7, 2003) -- TPC Racing drivers Randy Pobst and Michael Levitas picked up their second Grand-Am Cup Series win of the season in the Lexus Grand American 250 at California ...
TPC Racing victorious in Lexus Grand American 250
FONTANA, Calif. (June 7, 2003) -- TPC Racing drivers Randy Pobst and Michael Levitas picked up their second Grand-Am Cup Series win of the season in the Lexus Grand American 250 at California Speedway. Levitas piloted the #18 Porsche GT3 Cup into the top three before handing off to Pobst, who brought it home to take the checkered flag.
Pobst battled with Doncaster Racing driver Jean-Francois Dumoulin, running nose-to-tail with the #119 Porsche for most of the final hour. The pair of Porsche racers exchanged the lead several times as they weaved their way through lapped traffic and turned their fastest laps of the race as the 2.5-hour time limit drew closer.
Although Dumoulin made several runs at Pobst in the leading Porsche, he was unable to find his way back around before the checkered flag flew, finishing just 0.331 seconds behind. Powell Motorsports grabbed third place overall with the polesitting #11 Corvette of Doug Goad and Devon Powell.
Terry Borcheller and Forest Barber were all smiles in Victory Lane today as the team's streak of successes continued. The pair won the Rolex Sports Car Series race in Birmingham, Ala., two weeks ago, picked up the pole for Sunday's Rolex Series Grand American 400 earlier today, and continued their winning ways with today's Grand Sport II victory in the Bell Motorsports #54 BMW M3.
The Unitech Racing #33 Nissan 350Z of Mike Cronin and Stu Hayner took second place honors in the GS II class, while the Michael Baughman Racing #45 Firebird of Bob Ward and Mike Yeakle was able to move into third place in the class in the closing laps when its sister car - the #46 Firebird - ran out of gas.
After picking up his first-ever Sport Touring I win in the Barber Park Twin 200s, Scott Schlesinger made it two in a row with another win in the Lexus Grand American 250. This time Schlesinger teamed with David Haskell in the SpeedSource #68 Porsche Boxster for the win.
The Team Lexus #0 IS300 of Chuck Goldsborough and Andy Lally grabbed second place honors, and the TC Kline Racing #12 BMW Z4 of Donald Salama and Steve Pfeffer rounded out the class podium with third.
Howie Liebengood and Will Nonnamaker earned their second Sport Touring II win together in HRPworld.com #43 Acura Integra LS, topping Mike Keravich and Bob Beede in the Bill Fenton Motorsports #27 Acura by 28 seconds. The HRPworld.com #42 Acura of Belinda Endress and Ray Bailey picked up third place in ST II.
Today's Lexus Grand American 250 will be aired on SPEED Channel on Saturday, July 5 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
The Grand-Am Cup Series will travel next to Watkins Glen International for The Glen Twin 250s, June 20-22. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased online at www.theglen.com.
Additional information about the Grand-Am Cup Series is available on the Grand American website at www.grandamerican.com.
**************************************** Grand-Am Cup Series Driver Quotes
Grand Sport I
TPC Racing -- 1st Overall
Randy Pobst -- "That my friends was a motor race. I have to thank my co-driver Mike Levitas for giving me the car in perfect shape. We had a little set up advantage. I think Mike put us in the lead already when I got in the car. But I had Dumoulin on my butt and he's a helluva a racer. Very hard fought battle. No mistakes possible, he didn't make any either. It was a slugfest. We just duked it out."
Michael Levitas -- " That was a race, wow. We knew we were going to do it when we crashed the car in practice. This car was awesome. Overall, the crew did a great job. We did okay in qualifying. I knew when I was leading that we would put Randy in and do it."
Doncaster Racing -- 2nd place Overall
Jean-Francois Dumoulin -- "Randy (Pobst) is really good and didn't make any mistakes. He had a good line. I tried to pass him and tried to stay in there with him for a while and maybe he would make a mistake, but he didn't. We have a good lead in the championship, so we didn't want to jeopardize anything and just wanted to make the best of it."
Robert Julien -- "We did well. We came here to win but got second and that's okay. We kept trying at the end. We tried to save our tires. He (Jean-Francois Dumoulin) got (Pobst) at one point, and he had good tires. He tried to get him back on the banking but couldn't do it."
Powell Motorsports -- 3rd Overall
Devon Powell -- "It was alright till we pitted for fuel early and run the inherent risks of that having to come up through the field in which you can get involved in something when they're all together, and that's exactly what happened. That put us really far behind. I had to stop dead in the grass to avoid the Porsche and we were just making up time from there. We came up quickly, but it's hard to do that and keep the car underneath you. We just ran out of time. We need three hour races back."
Doug Goad -- "We were doing fine, closing the gap quickly. The car was running perfect catching them, until we caught them and right as we caught them the number seven's engine started to let go going into NASCAR (turn) one and laid down oil. Then I got oil on my tires and windscreen and from then on I didn't have tires and I couldn't see anything. So it was pretty good."
Grand Sport II
Bell Motorsports -- Class Winner
Terry Borcheller -- "This team put it to the grind. They have done a great job preparing the cars and getting them not only competitive but on the pole in the Rolex and the win here. Forest did a great job with his drive after the qualifying run he had. He did a great job coming from the back. Everyone else beat themselves and it was ours today. I'm happy about that. We hope the momentum will carry over to tomorrow."
Forest Barber -- "We had a flawless car. We had a terrible qualifying run but got a good start and the car was flawless throughout. I was lucky to bring it in in first place and we had a good stop. Terry had to make a gas and go with about 22 laps left and we had a one minute lead and came out with a 22 second lead. The crew work was the secret."
Sport Touring I
Speed Source- Class Winner
Scott Schlesinger- "It was good. We won. As good as a race can be. That's two in a row for us, with two different co-drivers, very good co-drivers. The only problem was the first restart after the full course yellow, getting smashed off the track and getting sandwiched by GSII and GSI cars."
David Haskell- "Everything went good. I think we got lucky. We had a clean race, the crew did an excellent pit stop. We just kept moving along. No problems at all. Some of our competitors did, but that's the key to it."
Sport Touring II
HRPworld.com -- Class Winner
Will Nonnamaker --"On that first yellow we pitted, changed drivers and that's what got us the win because later on in the race when we made our second pit stop for fuel, it was just a stop for fuel and get going. The other teams still had to do their driver changes and that was the difference. We had great pit strategy and that's what did it. We were like thirty or forty seconds behind, like I said, we made that first pit stop but we had a short second stop because we made that sacrifice early on."
Howie Liebengood -- "It was great to get a win and close the points chase. It was good to come out with a win. We are looking forward to the remainder of the season and see what the second half will bring. We did a great job with great pit strategy. During my stint, everything was fine with the car. Will might have had a little trouble, but we were able to get the win."