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Barber Park race is 'battle of the brands.' DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 12, 2003) -- Fifteen different automobile manufacturers will be represented when the Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Cup Series come to Barber Motorsports Park in ...

Barber Park race is 'battle of the brands.'

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 12, 2003) -- Fifteen different automobile manufacturers will be represented when the Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Cup Series come to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 16-18 for the Barber 250 at The Park and Barber Park Twin 200s. The race weekend will be the first major event at the new motorsports park that is already being heralded as one of the best road racing facilities in North America.

The Grand American Road Racing Association-sanctioned series will be featured in three separate races over the weekend starting with the Barber Park Grand Sport 200 at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday's racing will start early with the Barber Park Sport Touring 200 at 8:15 a.m. The Barber 250 at the Park for the Rolex Sports Car Series is set to take the green flag at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Saturday's race will see seven makes on the track when 29 Grand-Am Cup Grand Sport division cars rev their engines. The Grand Sport I class will include three Chevrolet Corvettes doing battle with 10 Porsches and a lone Saleen Mustang R. The Grand Sport II class will feature an Audi, three BMWs, four Pontiac Firebirds, two Mustang Cobras, a Nissan 350Z and four Porsches.

Sunday morning's Sport Touring race for the Grand-Am Cup's other two classes has a wild mix from 11 manufacturers. The Sport Touring I class will showcase the prowess of cars from Acura, Audi, BMW, Dodge, Lexus, Mazda, Mini, Nissan, Porsche and Toyota. The Sport Touring II class will see four Acura Integras face off against a Chevrolet Cavalier and a Mazda Protege.

When the Rolex Sports Car Series takes to the track for the weekend's featured race, 27 cars from nine different carmakers and three Daytona Prototype constructors will provide fans with plenty of racing action. The four Daytona Prototypes that have been waging a knock down, drag out battle in the last two races will all be back again as the Bell Motorsports Chevrolet-powered Doran and the G&W Motorsports BMW-engined Picchio work to end the two-race win streak of Brumos Racing and the #59 Porsche-powered Fabcar. The #58 Fabcar that has earned the pole position for the last two rounds would also like to take a trip to the top of the winner's podium.

The GTS class has six cars entered including ChevyLeavy.com's V8 Camaro, ICY/SL Motorsports' Corvette, Mosler Automotive's MT900R, Heritage Motorsports' Mustang and a pair of Porsche GTs from Gunnar Racing and Jack Lewis Enterprises.

The GT class will include defending class champion Scuderia Ferrari of Washington's 360GT, the BMW M3 of Marcus Motorsports that currently sits second in the standings, and a trio of potent Porsches from NETTTS Racing and Orbit Racing. The GTs will also see entries from Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Pontiac, Nissan and Porsche as some of the Grand-Am Cup Grand Sport teams face off against the big boys.

Tickets are currently on sale for the Barber 250 at The Park and Barber Park Twin 200s and can be purchased by calling 800-240-2300 or 205-327-RACE. Tickets are also available online at www.southtix.com.

Additional information on Barber Motorsports Park can be found online at www.barbermotorsports.com. For more information on the Rolex Sports Car Series, visit www.grandamerican.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jack Lewis