FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AURORA V8 WINS SIXTH STRAIGHT Irv Hoerr Scores Seventh Win of the Season in IMSA GTS-1; Wayne Taylor Leads World SportsCar Championship after Fourth Place Finish ...
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AURORA V8 WINS SIXTH STRAIGHT
Irv Hoerr Scores Seventh Win of the Season in IMSA GTS-1; Wayne Taylor Leads World SportsCar Championship after Fourth Place Finish
Bowmanville, Ont.; August 25, 1996 -- Oldsmobile's advanced Motorsport Aurora V8 raced to its sixth straight Exxon Supreme GT series victory (and seventh of the season) today in the IMSA Chrysler Mosport 500 at Mosport Park. Points leader Irv Hoerr drove solo in the three-hour event to score his seventh win in eight starts with Brix Racing's Aurora GTS-1.
"My car was absolutely perfect," said Hoerr. "However, our plan was to get (teammate) Darin Brassfield the maximum number of points and create a bit of a cushion in the championship race over Rob Morgan. That would leave Darin and me to shoot it out for the championship in the final two races. But, you know what happens to the best laid plans . . . "
What happened was that Brassfield had to settle for third place behind the runner-up Sifton/Varde Viper GTS. Brian Cunningham celebrated his 27th birthday by putting Brix Racing's second Aurora on the GTS-1 pole on Saturday -- the first IMSA pole for the grandson of road racing pioneer Briggs Cunningham. Near the halfway point of the race, Brian turned over the driving duty to Brassfield.
"Our strategy was to have Irv run conservatively and let me run hard before turning it over to Darin," Cunningham reported. In the late stages of the race, Brassfield was gaining nearly a second a lap on the second-place Viper, but came up 41 seconds short.
Wayne Taylor maintained his lead in the Exxon World SportsCar Championship with a fourth-place finish in the Aurora-powered Doyle Racing Oldsmobile Riley & Scott Mk-III. Taylor now leads Ferrari driver Max Papis by one point after Papis' runner-up finish to the Leitzinger/Paul R&S Mk-III in Mosport. Oldsmobile and Ferrari continued their see-saw battle for the WSC Manufacturers Championship, with Ferrari taking a two-point lead with two races remaining on the schedule.
"It just wasn't our day, but we are still leading the championship, and that's what is important," said Taylor, who has won four of the eight rounds in the WSC series. "As we've been saying all season, this championship is going to go down to the final race at Daytona."
"We knew this was going to be a tough one, but we all feel very confident going into Dallas," said team manager Bill Riley. The Aurora racers will be back in action next weekend in a two-hour street race in Dallas.
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E-mail from: Rick Voegelin, 26-Aug-1996