Stevenson Returns To Two Car Effort For VIR The ...
Stevenson Returns To Two Car Effort For VIR
The #57 Stevenson Motorsports / BryanMark Financial Pontiac GXP-R took the win at the most recent round - the Mexico City 250 - of the Grand American Road Racing Rolex Series sponsored by Royal Crown Cask 16. This weekend, the whole team will look to carry that momentum forward as they go for another win at their home track, Virginia International Raceway.
And this weekend will be a homecoming of sorts for some old friends as well.
In the 2007 season, the team campaigned a Crawford-built Chevrolet Corvette. They switched to the potent Pontiac GXP-R for 2008 and the performance of that car has been all they hoped it would be. But old friends are good to have and the Corvette is being rolled out for one more track-attack in pursuit of a podium placing.
For the VIR round, Stevenson Team Manager Mike Johnson will be working alongside veteran racing professional Michael Gue as they will head up separate teams running jointly under the Stevenson banner. Johnson will continue to lead the Pontiac effort while Gue will head up a second team charged with running the Corvette. The Pontiac will wear its usual number 57 and the Corvette will run as number 97.
Johnson explains the reasons for this expanded effort: "There are a number of good reasons why the Corvette will be running at VIR. First, we took the car down to Miami-Homestead for the early season test days. The crew guys had been working on the car all winter, looking for ways to reduce weight, improve performance and incorporate some of the updates Crawford made over the winter. Their hard work paid off as we were able to run laps in the Corvette that were just one-tenth slower than we ran with the Pontiac. This tells us the work paid off and that the Corvette is still a very viable choice for a team looking to run a competitive car in this series."
The Corvette will showcase the talents of James Gue and Randy Pobst this weekend, and provide an opportunity for the Stevenson Team to prove the mettle of this competitive mount. Anyone looking for a way to enter the series in a competitive car would do well to consider leasing or buying the Corvette to run in future events.
Johnson: "Stevenson Motorsports intends to apply their full attention to keeping the Pontiac GXP-R running up front this season. Having Michael Gue and his crew run the Corvette will allow us to maintain our focus on running for championship points.
"We know from the test days that the Corvette is one competitive car for this series. Anyone that chooses to run it would quickly agree with me on that. We just want the car to be out on the track this weekend, showing all potential buyers just what it is capable of. This car can win races. If we hadn't made the switch to the Pontiac for this season, I'm sure we would have placed it on the podium several times. But now we are concentrating on the Pontiac and applying our resources in one direction, rather than splitting ourselves in two direct ions trying to compete with both cars. That's why I am very happy that Michael Gue and his crew will be taking charge of the Corvette this weekend."
It is also possible team owner John Stevenson might take a few laps during the Trueman / Akin practice session. This would mark his first turn at the wheel in 2008. He may not have time for more than a few laps as the Stevenson's will be hosting a large number of friends and associates this weekend, all of whom will now have not one, but two red, white and blue American race cars to root for.