Acxiom Challenge winner scores big at PIR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 5, 2003) -- Scuderia Ferrari of Washington had a great race this past weekend in the AJ's Fine Foods 250 at Phoenix International Raceway. By any measure the team was on top of its game, finishing second overall, first in...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 5, 2003) -- Scuderia Ferrari of Washington had a great race this past weekend in the AJ's Fine Foods 250 at Phoenix International Raceway. By any measure the team was on top of its game, finishing second overall, first in GT and winning the Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge complete with rollover bonus. Those combined feats netted the team a healthy $24,750 in purse and other awards.

By recording the fastest time among the GT cars in qualifying and then finishing first among the combined GT and GTS competition, the #33 Ferrari earned the Acxiom Challenge bonus. The Acxiom program pays $1,000 each to the fastest qualifiers in GT and in GTS. It also pays $1,000 to the car that tops the Grand Touring division (GT and GTS). When the division winner was also a fast qualifier, an additional $3,000 is thrown into the pot. When the bonus is not earned it rolls over to the next race. With $3,000 left on the table at Miami, the Ferrari team was able to haul in $8,000 from Acxiom over the weekend.

The posted purse and class winner bonuses added another $14,000. Contingency awards from AirGas, Dunlop, BSR/Performance Friction and Stand 21 put another $2,750 in the pot.

The race-winning #59 Porsche-powered FABCAR of Brumos Racing came close to equaling the Ferrari's financial awards by netting $24,450 from its second-straight race win. The team earned $20,000 in purse and class bonuses with an additional $4,450 coming in contingency awards from AirGas, Bosch, Cra-z Soap, Emco, Fikse, Goodyear, BSR/Thunder Gun, K&N, Motec, Pankl, BSR/Performance Friction, BSR/Ringer and Stand 21.

Heritage Motorsports earned $16,350 on the strength of its win in the GTS class. The purse paid $12,000 with class bonus. As fast qualifier in GTS the team earned $1,000 from Acxiom. Another $3,350 came in contingency awards from AirGas, Auto Meter, Bosch, Competition Data, Goodyear, BSR/Thunder Gun, Jesel, K&N, BSR/Performance Friction, BSR/Ringer, Motorsport Spares/Setrab and Stand 21.

Grand American Rolex Series races offer a posted purse of $174,000. Contingency sponsors contribute an additional $107,975 in available awards.

Additional information on the Rolex Series and its contingency sponsors is available online at www.grandamerican.com.

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