SCC: Mont-Tremblant: Pre-race notes

MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec (September 17, 2003) -- The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Cup Series will return to Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant this weekend for the second annual Rolex Series 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant on...

MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec (September 17, 2003) -- The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Cup Series will return to Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant this weekend for the second annual Rolex Series 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant on Sunday, September 21 and Grand-Am Cup Mont-Tremblant 250 on Saturday, September 20.

Television Coverage

The start and finish of the Rolex Series 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant will be broadcast LIVE on SPEED Channel beginning at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday.

The Grand-Am Cup Series Mont-Tremblant 250 will be tape delayed as a one-hour show on SPEED Channel airing Saturday, September 27 at 1 p.m. ET.

Website Coverage

Zippo Live Timing & Scoring will be available free of charge on Grand American's official website - www.grandamerican.com. Zippo Live Timing & Scoring will track all of the Rolex Series and Grand-Am Cup Series practice and qualifying sessions, as well as Sunday's 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant and Saturday's Mont-Tremblant 250.

Track Information

Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant was renovated in 2000 and is a 2.65-mile, 15-turn permanent road course.

Tickets

Tickets to this weekend's event are available online at www.lecircuit.com or by calling 800-517-5725. Ticket prices start at $15CD for Friday's practice and qualifying sessions and three-day passes are available for $60CD.

Tight Points Race, Six-Hour Endro Brings Out Top Names

With the points race for the first-ever Daytona Prototypes championship coming down to the wire, all of the top teams are bringing out some of the best drivers in the world to lend a hand during the second six-hour endurance of the season.

Porsche factory driver Sascha Maassen will join Brumos Racing in the points-leading No. 58 Red Bull Porsche FABCAR Daytona Prototype. Maassen is regarded as one of the world's top endurance racers. After a pair of runner-up finishes at the 24 Hours of LeMans, he scored a class victory in the French classic earlier this year. His best Rolex 24 At Daytona finish came in 2002 with fourth place overall and a class podium finish. Earlier this year, he scored his third-consecutive class victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring.

GM Corvette Racing driver Andy Pilgrim will join the Bell Motorsports team in the No. 54 Chevy Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype, which is currently one point out of the lead in the point standings. As one of the original members of the Corvette Racing Team, Pilgrim has scored five victories with the team. The English native scored his second of two class victories at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2002, winning the American GT class in the Flis Motorsports #09 Corvette. His first Rolex 24 class win came in 1997 at the wheel of a Porsche.

Veteran Champ Car and sports car racer Max Papis will share driving duties in the Brumos Racing No. 59 Porsche FABCAR Daytona Prototype, which is third in the point standings. Papis is a three-time winner in CART Champ Car competition and the overall winner of the 2002 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Three Mont-Tremblant Winners to Defend Doran-Lista 2002 Victory

Three winners from last year's 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant will partner in the Doran-Lista Racing No. 27 Toyota-powered Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype in defense of the team's 2002 overall victory. Didier Theys and Fredy Lienhard Sr., who were part of the Doran-Lista winning team last year, will join forces with Bill Auberlen, who took GT honors last year at Mont-Tremblant in addition to finishing second overall.

Auberlen and Theys partnered in the No. 27 Toyota at its debut in the Bully Hill Vineyards 250 at The Glen, where they scored a third-place finish in the Daytona Prototypes class.

Borcheller Aiming for 50th

Terry Borcheller will be looking for his 50th professional race win this weekend in a double-header at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Borcheller and Forest Barber will start with the Grand-Am Cup race, driving the Bell Motorsports No. 54 BMW M3. They'll switch to the Bell Motorsports No. 54 Chevy Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype for the six-hour endurance race on Sunday.

Rivals to Become Teammates

Heritage Motorsports drivers Tommy Riggins and Dave Machavern have battled with Joao Barbosa for the points lead in the Rolex Series GTS class for most of the season. Now the rivals are becoming teammates as Barbosa is set to join the Heritage duo in the No. 48 Mustang this weekend. Barbosa held the points lead in the GTS class for the first half of the season, racing in a Mosler MT900R. But when his team's sponsorship money dried up, he was left without a ride, prompting Heritage Motorsports to ask him to join the team.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Didier Theys , Max Papis , Andy Pilgrim , Fredy Lienhard , Bill Auberlen , Sascha Maassen , Terry Borcheller , Joao Barbosa , Tommy Riggins , Forest Barber
Teams Corvette Racing