MOTOROLA CUP SERIES ANNOUNCES "SUPERCUP" FOR 2000
Chicago, October 25, 1999 - BMG and Motorola announced today that the new millennium will see the inauguration of the "Supercup" - the introduction of a new Super Grand Sports class that will welcome the latest high performance sports cars to the existing Motorola Cup competition. 'We are very excited about this latest development," said Doug Brownridge, Director of Marketing, Personal Communications Sector, North America. "Since we got involved with the series three years ago, we have continued to enhance our participation."
"Motorola is proud to continue as the title sponsor of the series and we look forward to seeing the worlds best sports cars compete under the Motorola banner. The increasing media attention provides an exciting venue to showcase Motorola's leadership portfolio of Cellular, PCS, Paging, Family Radio and Satellite Products. Motorola Radio Products are also an integral component of the staging of every race."
"It is a logical step up for the Motorola Cup series," said David Berman, President of BMG. "We have enjoyed fabulous growth over the past two years. The Supercup will take us to the next level and showcase the highest performance on the streets today."
"This series is the proving ground for today's high performance cars," said Paul Rossi, Motorola Cup Technical Director. "Fans will enjoy side-by-side competition from the new BMWs, Corvettes, Ferraris, Porsches and Vipers, plus the latest from the leading manufacturers' sports car superstars."
The Motorola Cup Series will continue to feature four classes of sports cars racing in an endurance format, designed to showcase the high quality of the cars, drivers and teams. Motorola Cup will award championships in all four classes - Super Grand Sports (SGS), Grand Sports (GS), Sport Touring (ST) and Compact (0).
Super Grand Sports cars will include Aston Martin V8, BMW Z8, Corvette C5, Ferrari Modena 360, Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo AWD, and Dodge Viper ACR. Other eligible vehicle eligibility applications are being reviewed.
'The Motorola Cup was the type of competitive environment we had in mind when we introduced the Dodge Viper ACR," said DaimierChrysler Vice President - Motorsports and Mopar Performance Parts, Lou Patane. "We've focused a significant portion of our motorsports programs on the grassroots racer. The Supercup gives owners of the Viper ACR - a true showroom sports racer - an ideal venue in which to race."
"We at GM are pleased with the opportunity to race the C5 Corvette in the Motorola Supercup next year. Motorola Cup has provided exciting racing for Firebirds and Camaros and we look forward to increasing the excitement with our premier sports car. This will be the perfect supplement to our C5R GT2 race program," said Jim Spaulding, GM Motorsports, Program manager for Showroom Stock."
With potential plans to run the new Honda S2000 in the Motorola Cup next season, Honda Motorsport's Charles Curnutt had this to say about his experience with the series thus far: "Much to our pleasant surprise we have seen some of the closest racing in years... we're excited and looking forward to the Motorola Cup program for 2000."
"The Motorola Cup offers the ideal arena for Mazda to showcase the performance and durability of our vehicles," offered Steve Sanders, director of Mazda Competition Parts. "The increased exposure and heightened interest level the Motorola Cup Series should generate next season will definitely benefit Mazda and all of its competitors."
Alwin Springer, Director of Porsche Motorsport, North America, said "Porsche has a long history of success in endurance racing. I am sure our customers will look forward to competing against the new breed of high performance sports cars."
The stage is set for a high tech baffle that will begin in the auto centers of the world, take place on some of the most famous North American race tracks, and reverberate in dealer showrooms across North America. The Motorola Cup will support the newly formed Grand-American series at a minimum of 5 events, and will make up the rest of a strong 2000 schedule with selected CART events and other dates to be announced.
Tentative 2000 dates with Grand-American include Daytona (February 3-6), Homestead (April 28-30), Mid-Ohio (June 3-4), Road America (July 8-9), and Watkins Glen (August 25-27) or Lime Rock (May 26-29). The series will also travel to at least two CART dates, including the Toronto Nelson Indy (July 14-16) and the Vancouver Molson Indy (September 1-3). A complete 10 race schedule will be announced shortly.