the 2000 Grand American Road Racing Season finale. The races also set the stage for the respective driver and team points championships, all of which will be decided Sunday. Drivers must drive a minimum of 90 minutes in order to score points.
the 2000 Grand American Road Racing Season finale. The races also set the stage for the respective driver and team points championships, all of which will be decided Sunday.
Drivers must drive a minimum of 90 minutes in order to score points. Two of the classes, SportsRacer Lights and GTO enter the finale with teammates tied for the lead. In order to share the title (which is the intention for both teams), Archangel Motorsports teammates Larry Oberto and Ryan Hampton, and Saleen Allen Speedlab's Terry Borcheller and Ron Johnson, must both (or neither) drive the minimum to share the title. Only one team driver achieving the minimum would result in a single-driver championship.
In GTU, G&W Porsche teammates Mike Fitzgerald and Darren Law are the only drivers eligible for the title. Since the driver of the qualifying race must start the event, Law starts the race with a 16-point deficit. If he drives the opening 90 minutes, Fitzgerald would need to drive 90 minutes in order to win the title.
With a 17-point lead over Didier Theys in SportsRacer, James Weaver merely needs to drive the minimum distance to clinch the title. If he retires in the opening 90 minutes, though, Didier Theys and Jack Baldwin would both have a shot at the crown. Theys currently leads Baldwin by 14 points.
The American GT race is wide open, after the Comer Racing Camaro of points leader Andy McNeil failed to finish last night's event. Doug Mills enters the finale with a one-point lead over McNeil, with Spirit of Daytona co-drivers Craig Conway and Doug Goad seven points behind Mills. The Spirit of Daytona team lost the rear end on last night's final lap, losing second position to Ken Bupp (Mills' teammate) in the final turn.
ANDY McNEIL (No. 84 Comer Racing Camaro) - We lost the motor last night. Now we've got our work cut out for us. Six Hours is a long race and a lot of things can happen. But we're optimistic, and hopefully, a little luck will come our way. John Finger will start and drive to the first caution or fuel stop. Then I'll get in, and Mayo Smith after that. We need to beat the 11 car (Mills) and finish a few positions ahead of the No. 09. It's a long race, and a lot of things can happen. We're second in points, but I think we can pull it off.