FCS: SCC: ACRL: News and notes 2001-08-28

Grand-Am Finale Tickets On Sale Now DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Tickets for the Grand-Am Finale are currently on sale through Daytona International Speedway. Tickets are available for the racing action at the speedway starting on Friday, Sept. 14 ...

Grand-Am Finale Tickets On Sale Now

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Tickets for the Grand-Am Finale are currently on sale through Daytona International Speedway. Tickets are available for the racing action at the speedway starting on Friday, Sept. 14 and concluding Sunday, Sept. 16. The Grand-Am Finale will feature a wide array of racing, including the Rolex Sports Car Series, Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series, U.S. F2000 National Championship, American City Racing League (ACRL) and SCCA Pro Spec Racers.

All five series will hold practice and qualifying sessions on Friday, Sept. 14. The SCCA Pro Spec Racers, ACRL and U.S. F2000 will hold races early in the day on Saturday, Sept. 15, followed by the six-hour Grand-Am Cup race beginning at 3 p.m. U.S. F2000 will run a second race on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 16, and the Rolex Series will closeout the Finale weekend with its three-hour race beginning at noon.

Three-day Super Tickets are available for the Grand-Am Finale and include infield, paddock, garage and unreserved grandstand admission, as well as car parking for all three days. Tickets are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 386-253-RACE (7223).

Rolex Sports Car Series

Team Seattle to Return to Rolex 24 in Saleen S7R

SEATTLE - Team Seattle announced it would return to the Rolex 24 At Daytona in order to continue its fundraising efforts for Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, and this time they will campaign two Saleen S7Rs. It will mark the sixth year Team Seattle, who previously raced Porsches GT3 Rs in the GT class, has raced in the Rolex 24. Team Seattle's move up to the GTS class with the Saleen S7Rs comes from its collaborative effort with Washington-based Park Place Racing and Fordahl Motorsports.

Team Seattle hit the million-dollar mark during last year's Rolex 24, and hopes to add another $350,000 to its total contribution to the hospital this year with a goal of earning $500 per lap and recording 700 laps.

Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series
Grand-Am Cup Awards Banquet Set for Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Grand American Road Racing will hold its first annual yearend awards banquet for the Grand-Am Street Stock Series at DAYTONA USA on Sept. 16. The championship teams, drivers and manufacturers in the Super Grand Sport, Grand Sport, Sport Touring and Compact 2000 classes will be honored for their accomplishments throughout the season.

American City Racing League
Johnson, Smith Exchange First Wins

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Team St. Louis leader Duke Johnson came out on top of a seesaw battle with polesitter A.J. Smith of Team Philadelphia to score his first ACRL Eastern Division victory on Sunday, Aug. 26 at Watkins Glen International. The margin of victory was 0.289 seconds, almost identical to the 0.294-second margin by which Smith won over Johnson the day before. Smith's victory on Saturday marked his first win and pole of the season. Team New York captured the team titles at both races.

North American Ferrari Challenge
Full Weekend of Racing at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Six races were featured in the North American Ferrari Challenge, held Aug. 25-26 at Watkins Glen International. Kevin Crowder (Ferrari of Houston) won the first of two Group B races, combining 355s and 360s. Crowder was first in the 360 class, with Phillip Shearer taking second overall and first in 355.

Michael Ciasulli (Ferrari of Central Florida) started near the back of the grid in the second Group B race, but it took him only one lap to take the lead, Ciasulli was never challenged, and finished four seconds ahead of Shearer, who again was second overall and the 355 winner, extending his championship lead.

Lucio Nicolodi (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) qualified on pole, led every lap of both Group A races for the faster 360s, and took wins on both Saturday and Sunday to extend his lead for the 360 Challenge championship, Glenn Boros (Ferrari of Washington) won the Endurance Challenge race, his third win of the year.

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Series Grand-Am , Road racing , SCCA
Drivers A.J. Smith , Duke Johnson , Michael Ciasulli , Lucio Nicolodi , Phillip Shearer , Kevin Crowder