ALTON, Va. (June 30, 2001) - In just its fifth race, the Lexus IS 300 captured its first-ever victory in the Grand-Am Cup event at the Virginia "Festival of Speed" at Virginia International Raceway tonight. Piloted by Team Lexus owner/driver Chuck Goldsborough and veteran sports-car racer Terry Borcheller, the No. 0 Lexus IS 300 beat a Sports Touring (ST) class field of 14 cars for the manufacturer's first win. They were joined on the podium by Andy Lally and Jason Potter, who piloted the No. 2 Lexus IS 300 to a third-place finish.
Team Lexus began racing the IS 300 compact sports sedan in the third race of the 2001 Grand-Am Cup season at Phoenix, where the car immediately ran as high as third. The car earned its first pole position last weekend at Mosport.
"We knew the IS 300 was going to be a winner before we even took it out on a track," said Goldsborough, a long-time sports-car racer from Baltimore, Md. "The car has a great blend of quickness and balance that makes it perfect in this type of series. I knew we were going to challenge for wins and poles by the first 4-5 races, and that's exactly how it played out."
In what proved to be a steady drive to victory, the IS 300 ran as high as second in only its second race at Watkins Glen in May, and Lally led the first third of the next race at Mid-Ohio. The virtually stock sports sedan receives technical engine support from Toyota Racing Development (TRD), in Costa Mesa, Calif.
The third-place finish vaulted Potter back into the ST-class overall points lead for the driver's championship. Goldsborough's and Borcheller's win places them in the top five overall.
Team Lexus returns to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., next weekend to defend its 2000 ST-class win.