Julien, Dumoulin still atop Grand-Am Cup points Nonnamakers maintain lead in GS II DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 23, 2003) -- Robert Julien and Jean-Francois Dumoulin kept their hold on the points lead following their first-place finish in the ...
Julien, Dumoulin still atop Grand-Am Cup points
Nonnamakers maintain lead in GS II
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 23, 2003) -- Robert Julien and Jean-Francois Dumoulin kept their hold on the points lead following their first-place finish in the Grand-Am Cup Series Barber Park Grand Sport 200 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., last weekend. The drivers of the Donacaster Racing #119 Porsche GT3 Cup now have 130 points and a commanding 17-point lead in the GS I driver standings.
Doncaster teammates, Greg Wilkins and David Lacey, maintained their third-place tie in points after finishing eighth. However, their edge over fifth place was trimmed from 15 points to three by Devon Powell and Doug Goad in the #11 Powell Motorsports Corvette.
Both Donacaster Racing entries kept their positions atop the GS I team owner standings, with the team's #119 Porsche leading the #7 Porsche. The #11 Corvette of Powell Motorsports took over the third-place spot from TPC Racing's #18 Porsche.
The father-son team of Joe and Wayne Nonnamaker maintained their lead in the GS II class driver standings after capturing their third win in four races. The GS II class leaders extended their points lead from three to 13 points. Jep Thorton and Dave Russell took over the third-place position from David Brown with their third-place GS II finish at Birmingham.
The Nonnamaker's Planet Earth Motorsports #41 Porsche 911 also kept its lead in the GS II team owner point standings. The #09 BMW M3 of Automatic Racing is now in a second-place tie with the Mike Baughman Racing #46 Firebird.
Pete Halsmer and John Schmitt extended their lead in the ST I driver standings following their third place finish. The pair now leads Ian James by 13 points. Andy Lally and Charles Goldsborough trail the leaders by 19 points. Scott Schlessinger, who scored his first win in Birmingham, moved up to sixth place from tenth in the point standings.
The Team Lexus #2 IS300 continued its hold in the ST I team owner point standings, with six points separating it from the Team Lexus #0 IS300. After finishing second in the race, the TC Kline Racing #12 BMW Z4 moved into third place.
The top-six positions in ST II driver points standing were unchanged. Bob Beede increased his points lead from four to seven points over Howie Liebengood and Will Nonnamaker, who are tied for second.
The ST II class team owner point standings also remained unchanged. The Bill Fenton Motorsports #27 Acura Integra LS remained in first place with 134 points, while the HRPworld.com #43 Acura Integra LS trails by seven.
In the manufacturer point standings Porsche increased its lead from 21 to 24 points in the GS I class, and in GS II, Porsche remained first, with BMW now in second place. Acura maintained its lead over Lexus and BMW in the ST I class, while in ST II, Acura still leads Chevrolet by 24 points.
The Grand-Am Cup Series will hold round five of the 2003 season at California Speedway on June 8. Tickets are currently on sale for the California 250 and may be purchased online at www.californiaspeedway.com.