Theys, Baldi Tied Atop Driver Standings Tight Point Battles Shaping Up in All Three GT Classes DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 5, 2002) -- The Rolex Sports Car Series released its latest point standings with Belgium's Didier Theys and Monaco's...
Theys, Baldi Tied Atop Driver Standings
Tight Point Battles Shaping Up in All Three GT Classes
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 5, 2002) -- The Rolex Sports Car Series released its latest point standings with Belgium's Didier Theys and Monaco's Mauro Baldi tied atop driver standings with 70 points in the series' premier SportsRacing Prototype class. Theys and Baldi were members of the winning foursome at the Rolex 24 At Daytona that kicked off the 2002 season and captured their second win of the season at the Nextel 250 last weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The pair share driving duties in the #27 Doran Lista Racing Judd-powered Dallara, which also leads the team point standings in the SRP class.
Three members of Dublin, Ohio's Field family round out the top-five in the SRP driver standings. Jon Field is in third place with 58 points, while his twin-brother Joe Field is two behind him in fourth place. Jon's 18-year-old son Clint Field is currently in fifth place with 54 points. The Field family is the owner of Intersport Racing, which is second in the SRP team standings, six points behind the leading Doran Lista team.
After picking up the first two victories of the season in the SportsRacing Prototype II class, Rand Racing has a strong lead in the class. It's drivers Anthony Lazzaro, of Hickory, N.C., and Terry Borcheller, of Phoenix, are tied atop the standings with a 13-point lead over third-place G&W Motorsports/Momentum Motorcars driver Darren Law, also of Phoenix. Both Borcheller and Law are past driver champions in the GT ranks but are making their prototype racing debut this season, while Lazzaro pulls double duty in the Rolex Series and Indy Racing League.
Tight point races are shaping up in all three of the GT classes. In the GTS class, Tommy Byrne, of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Richard Millman, of McLean, Va., lead the driver standings with 60 points, with defending GTS champion Chris Bingham, of Bellevue, Wash., on their heels with 57 points. However, Byrne and Millman's team is one point down from Bingham's in the team standings. Park Place Racing lead the GTS team standings with 65 points, while Team Greeneman is in second place with 64.
The GT class also has a points battle brewing. Rolex 24 class winner Kevin Buckler, of Sonoma, Calif., is atop the GT driver standings with 65 points, with Joao Barbosa, of Portugal, and Thierry Perrier, of France, tied for second place with 60 points. But Barbosa and Perrier's team, Perspective Racing, holds the top spot in the GT team rankings, followed four points back by Buckler's The Racer's Group.
The American GT class is turning into a rivalry between teammates. Flis Motorsports has won the first two races of the season, but with two different cars. The team's #09 Corvette picked up the class victory at the Rolex 24, while the #90 Corvette recently scored a win at the Nextel 250. Flis driver Michael Ciasulli, of Greenbrooke, N.J., was in the winning car at both races and therefore holds a three-point lead over his teammates and defending champions Doug Goad, of Farmington Hills, Mich., and Craig Conway, of Edgewater, Fla., who are tied for second place.
Due to the #90 Corvette's early exit from the Rolex 24, Flis' #09 Corvette is on top in the AGT team standings, with an eight-point lead over its sister car in second place. But Morgan Dollar Motorsports, Dick Greer Racing and ACP Motorsports are all tied for third place, only one-point behind Flis' #90 Corvette.
In the Rolex Series manufacturer standings, both Judd and Dallara have jumped to early leads in the SRP engine and chassis standings, respectively, while Nissan and Lola are dominating the SRPII standings. After narrowly missing the championship last year, Saleen is on top of the GTS manufacturer standings with defending champion Porsche five points back in second. Porsche's defense of its 2001 GT championship is looking a little better, with the German manufacturer leading the GT class point standings. However, up-and-coming Mosler sits only four points back in second place. After scoring two victories to open the season, Chevy is the strong leader in the AGT class.
The next round of the Rolex Sports Car Series will be the Grand American 400 at California Speedway in Fontana on March 23. The Rolex Series will christen this Speedway's new road course at its second combined event with the Indy Racing League.