Daytona III: Championships to be decided at season finale

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 4, 2002) -- The battles for the team and driver championships in the Rolex Sports Car Series are still too close too call as the series heads into its final race of the season, the Dark Dog Grand American Finale at ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 4, 2002) -- The battles for the team and driver championships in the Rolex Sports Car Series are still too close too call as the series heads into its final race of the season, the Dark Dog Grand American Finale at Daytona International Speedway, Nov. 8-10.

In the premier SportsRacing Prototype class, driver Didier Theys leads rookie Chris Dyson by only nine points in the championship point standings. Theys, who won the Rolex 24 At Daytona at the start of the season, must finish in at least fourth place in order to hold onto the championship should Dyson take the victory during Sunday's three-hour race.

Should Dyson prove victorious and Theys finish in fifth place, the two drivers will be tied with 318 points each. The championship would be decided by a tiebreaker in which Dyson would get the nod for having the most victories in the season. Dyson would have five wins to Theys' four in 2002.

The SRP team championship race is even closer, as the Doran Lista Racing #27 Judd-powered Dallara holds a narrow five-point lead over the Dyson Racing Team's #16 Ford-engined Riley & Scott. If Dyson's #16 Ford scores a victory in the Dark Dog Finale, Doran Lista must finish in second place in order to secure the team championship. A third-place finish by the team would result in a tie, where Dyson Racing would be awarded the championship in a tiebreaker.

The American GT class, featuring muscle cars like Corvette and Mustang, also has a hotly contested battle for the championship underway. Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, which also fields a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team, leads the standings with a three-point advantage over ACP Motorsports.

Should the ACP #19 Corvette prove victorious in the AGT class at Daytona, they will clinch the class team championship. However, if ACP Motorsports takes second place in the class, Morgan-Dollar can win the team championship with at third-place finish.

In the AGT driver championship race, ACP Motorsports' Kerry Hitt needs only to drive one lap under green flag conditions to clinch his first-ever Rolex Series title.

While the GT championship has been the closest throughout the year, the second-half season winning streak by Cort Wagner and Bill Auberlen in the Ferrari of Washington entry has nearly clinched the team and driver titles. Co-drivers Wagner and Auberlen need only an 18th-place finish in the GT class to secure a joint driver championship, while the Ferrari of Washington team will need its #33 Ferrari 360 GT to run only one lap under green to seal its team championship.

A similar situation is playing out in the SportsRacing Prototype II class, where Rand Racing's #8 Nissan Lola and driver Terry Borcheller need only one lap under green to clinch the class driver and team crowns.

The only class to have its championships decided prior to the Dark Dog Finale is the GTS class, where Chris Bingham and Park Place Racing wrapped up their second-straight driver and team titles earlier in the season.

Tickets are currently on sale for the Dark Dog Grand American Finale at Daytona International Speedway and may be purchased by calling the Speedway ticket office at 386-253-RACE (7223). More information on the Rolex Sports Car Series and Dark Dog Grand American Finale is available online at www.grandamerican.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Chris Bingham , Didier Theys , Bill Auberlen , Terry Borcheller , Kerry Hitt , Chris Dyson , Cort Wagner
Teams Dyson Racing