Team and driver news for week of February 14

Mosler Sells First MT900 Racer The first racing version of Warren Mosler's new MT900 mid-engine sports coupe has been sold to veteran boat and road racer Scott Deware of Boston, vice president of motorsports marketing for Sacramento's Jilbrit ...

Mosler Sells First MT900 Racer
The first racing version of Warren Mosler's new MT900 mid-engine sports coupe has been sold to veteran boat and road racer Scott Deware of Boston, vice president of motorsports marketing for Sacramento's Jilbrit Wheels, Inc. Deware has competed in NASCAR's Busch Series and in the GT, GTO and AGT classes of Grand-Am. The new car was the fastest qualifier in the GT class at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, but went out in the fifth hour of the race after a collision damaged the lighting system.

The car's next appearance will be at the Nextel 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, March 1-3. Tommy Morrison, director of operations for the MT900 project, said the Deware team would receive full factory support throughout the 2001 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series season. Morrison will serve as the team's manager. Mosler, the West Palm Beach entrepreneur who built the racer to accelerate development of a street-legal version he's in the process of certifying, said nine more race cars would be built this year.

Istook/Aines Motorsports Group to Run Remainder of Grand-Am Cup Season
Istook/Aines Motorsports Group, of Fort Worth, Texas, announced that it would enter two Audi S4s to run the remainder of the 2001 Grand-Am Cup season. The driver lineup for the existing #04 APR-sponsored Audi will remain as raced at Daytona with Don Istook and John Rutherford IV. Scott Hartmann and John Zouzelka will drive the new Intrax-sponsored #03 Audi.

Racer Parts Wholesale Establishes "24/7 Awards Program" for Grand-Am Cup
Racer Parts Wholesale announced that it is establishing its "24/7 Awards Program" for the remainder of the 2001 Grand-Am Cup season. To showcase the company's constant accessibility 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the competitor who finishes 24th overall and seventh in the series' four different classes will receive a $100 gift certificate from Racer Parts Wholesale provided their cars sport the company's decals on both sides. Racer Parts Wholesale is based in Indianapolis and serves racers nationwide 24 hours a day, seven days a week through its web site - www.racerpartswholesale.com - and its toll-free number - 1-800-397-7815. Additional contingency sponsors are still being accepted for both the Grand-Am Cup and Rolex Sports Car Series. For more information on becoming a contingency sponsor, email pmurphy@grand-am.com

Rolex 24 SRPII Winner Competes in AC Delco 200
A week after winning the SRPII class with Archangel Motorsport Services at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Andy Lally got back behind the wheel in a NASCAR Goody's Dash Series car to race in the AC Delco 200. He finished 26th in the race after getting tangled up in a five-car pileup between turns three and four at Daytona International Speedway with only six laps left in the race.

X-1R Pole Award Money Rolled Over in SRP Class
The $500 prize money for the X-1R Performance Lubricants "Run With The Best" Pole Award winner in the SRP class has been rolled over from the Rolex 24 At Daytona to the Nextel 250 due to the SRP pole winner not displaying the X-1R Performance Lubricants decal during the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The SRP pole winner at the Nextel 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be eligible to win $1,000 if his/her car is displaying the X-1R decal. The prize money in the remaining four classes will be $500.

Rolex 24 Winner Helps Create Life-Saving Restraint
Rolex 24 At Daytona SRP-class winner Jim Downing and his brother-in-law Robert Hubbard, PhD collaborated to reduce the chance of serious injury caused by the violent movement of the unrestrained head and helmet combination that often occurs during race car collisions. The result was HANS (Head and Neck Support), which reduces extreme head motions and neck loads that injure race drivers. The HANS yoke-collar is held to the driver's chest by the shoulder harness, and tethers from the collar to the helmet in order to support the head and neck. In April 2000, DaimlerChrysler and the FIA made a joint announcement that they have found HANS safety system the most effective method of head and neck protection currently available to drivers. Head and neck injuries have shown to be the most severely disabling among race drivers.

Grand-Am.com Receives Record Hits During Rolex 24 At Daytona
The Grand American Road Racing Association web site - www.grand-am.com - received a record number of visitors during the Rolex 24 At Daytona, with the number of visitors tripling from last year's race. The average time that grand-am.com users stayed on the site also tripled thanks to the live timing and scoring on the site. The average user logged on for more than 28 minutes. Compared to less than 10 minutes during the 2000 Rolex 24 At Daytona. More than 46,000 unique visitors logged onto grand-am.com during the four-days encompassing qualifying and the race of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, which was up from the approximately 15,000 unique visitors during last year's race.

Trench Shoring Services Awards SRPII Bonus to Bucknum
Keith Lamberson of Trench Shoring Services awarded Jeff Bucknum $1,000 for recording the fastest lap time in the SRPII class during the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Buckman, who drove the TRP Racing Nissan Lola, clocked a 1:49.621 lap time at 116.912 mph.

-Grand-Am

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Lally , John Rutherford , Jim Downing , Jeff Bucknum , Don Istook , Scott Deware , John Zouzelka