August 27, 1999 ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Elliott Forbes-Robinson, of Sherrill's Ford, N.C., and Butch Leitzinger, of State College, Pa., have been crowned the 1999 United States Road Racing Championship Drivers' Co-Champions in the Can-Am class. Larry Schumacher and John O'Steen, both of Cincinnati, Ohio, have been named the USRRC GT2 Drivers' Co-Champions, and Cort Wagner, of Los Angeles, Calif., has been awarded the USRRC GT3 Drivers' Championship title. "I ran a lot or races in the original Can-Am, and came real close to the championship (finishing second behind Jacky Ickx in 1979, third in 1977 and fourth in 1978 and 1980), but I never thought I'd be a Can-Am Champion," said Forbes-Robinson. "The highlight for me this year was certainly winning the Rolex 24 At Daytona, and while the series has changed over the years, it's still a thrill to be the Can-Am Champion." In the USRRC Manufacturers' Championship, Riley & Scott captured Can-Am honors, and Porsche earned the title in both the GT2 and GT3 classes. The USRRC Teams' Championship, awarded only in the GT3 class, was earned by Reiser/Callas Rennsport. Forbes-Robinson and Leitzinger, drivers of the No. 16 Goodyear/Bosch/Hella Riley & Scott Ford for the Dyson Racing Team, both scored 89 points and earned the Can-Am title on the strength of one win (Daytona) and back-to-back second-place finishes at Lime Rock Park and Mid-Ohio. Andy Wallace finished third in the Can-Am Championship with 88 points, followed by James Weaver, 78 points, and co-drivers Henry Camferdam and Scott Schubot, who both scored 76 points. In the GT2 Class, Schumacher Racing Porsche 993 GT2 co-drivers Schumacher and O 'Steen both earned 62 points to claim Drivers' Co-Championship honors, posting one win (Mid-Ohio) and one runner-up finish (Daytona). Third-place in the GT2 Champhionship was earned by co-drivers Loic Depailler and Stephane Roy, with 55 points each, and four co-drivers (Andre Ahrle, Hubert Haupt, Rafaelle Sangiuolo and David Warnock) scored 35 points each to finish the season tied for fifth. "It's always nice to win a championship in anything," said O'Steen. "It's not as satisfying as if we could have run more events, so the Championship is bittersweet. With the Schumacher Team, we always go into a race knowing we can be in contention and it would have been nice to win the title on the podium at Watkins Glen. Nonetheless, I'm happy to win the Championship with Larry and the team." Wagner, driving a Porsche 911 for three different teams, topped the GT3 class with 84 points after scoring one win (Daytona, Alex Job Racing), one second-place finish (Mid-Ohio, G&W Motorsports) and fifth at Lime Rock Park (Milennium Motorsports). Shane Lewis is the GT3 runner-up, scoring 74 points, followed by Steve Marshall, 65, David Murry, 62, and Spencer Pumpelly, 62. Murry claimed the fourth position on the strength of his victory at Mid-Ohio. The announcement of 1999 USRRC Drivers' Champions comes following the elimination of the USRRC from the Sports Car Extravaganza weekend at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, in Homestead, Fla., September 24-26, and the Bosch Sports Car Oktoberfest weekend at Watkins Glen International, in Watkins Glen, N.Y., October 1-3.
Source: SCCA/SCCA Pro Racing/USRRC