DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 28, 2003) -- Grand American Road Racing has approved two more cars for competition in the Grand-Am Cup Series with the addition of the Dodge SRT4 Neon and the Nissan Sentra. That brings the total of different car makes, models and versions that are legal for competition in Grand-Am Cup to 77 representing cars from 26 different manufacturers. Both the Dodge and the Nissan have been approved to compete in the Sport Touring I class.
Sport Touring I is quickly becoming the battleground for today's mid-sized high performance cars from the U.S., Europe and Asia. The Dodge and the Nissan will be joining a crowded field that has already seen entries at the Daytona season-opener from Acura Integra R and RSX - S, Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, BMW Z3 and Z4, Honda Civic Si, Lexus IS300, Mini Cooper S, Olds Achieva, Porsche Boxster and Toyota.
Last year's ST I championship battle went right down to the wire with Team Lexus pulling off the feat at the season finale. When the dust settled, the top-five teams (Team Lexus #0, Villaconn International #34 BMW, Team Lexus #2, King Motorsports #64 Acura and Villaconn International #36 BMW) finished within 20 points of each other in the final standings.
Britt Ponder of Ponder Racing in Alpharetta, Georgia, has just taken delivery of a pair of turbocharged Neons as his team prepares for Grand-Am Cup competition. The Nissan Sentra is being readied by a familiar name in Grand American racing circles, but an official announcement from the team is still a few days away. Neither car is expected to be ready for the next Grand-Am Cup race at Miami-Homestead Speedway on April 12-13.
Tickets to the Grand-Am Cup Miami 250 weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be sold at the gate for $10 per day or a two-day pass for only $15.
Additional information about the Miami 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Grand-Am Cup Series is available online at www.grandamerican.com.