Rolex Series releases final championship point standings. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 13, 2002) -- Grand American Road Racing Association released the Rolex Sports Car Series final championship point standings today following the Dark Dog...
Rolex Series releases final championship point standings.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 13, 2002) -- Grand American Road Racing Association released the Rolex Sports Car Series final championship point standings today following the Dark Dog Grand American Finale at Daytona International Speedway last weekend. Driver Didier Theys, of Phoenix, Ariz., was officially named the 2002 driver champion in the premier SportsRacing Prototype class, while the Dyson Racing Team, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., earned the class team championship for the third-straight year.
Theys finished the 10-race season with 320 points after capturing four wins at the wheel of the Doran Lista Racing #27 Judd-powered Dallara, including his second Rolex 24 At Daytona victory at the start of the season. In his rookie season, Chris Dyson, of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., finished only two points behind the veteran Theys to take second in the final standings. Dyson had five victories this season, including the Dark Dog Finale that clinched the team championship for the Dyson Racing Team.
Two-time driver champion James Weaver, of England, finished third in the standings with 281 points, while rookie Fredy Lienhard Jr., of Switzerland, took fourth with 186 points. Dyson Racing Team owner Rob Dyson, of Pleasant Valley, was fifth in the final point standings with 144 points.
Terry Borcheller led Rand Racing/Risi Competizione, of Houston, Texas, to the SportsRacing Prototype II team championship in the team's first season with the series. Borcheller captured the SRPII driver championship with 305 points, giving the Phoenix resident his second championship in the series. Borcheller also won the GTS title in 2000.
Fellow-Phoenix resident Darren Law finished second in the SRPII driver standings with 274 points, while Indy racer Anthony Lazzaro, of Hickory, N.C., took third with 245 points. 2001 driver champion Andy Lally, of Northport, N.Y., and Nic Jonsson, of Sweden, tied for fourth place with 193 points.
Park Place Racing and its lead driver Chris Bingham, of Bellevue, Wash., picked up their second championship titles in the GTS class. Bingham piloted the Park Place #5 Saleen S7R to four class victories this season. Rodney Mall, of Riverside, Calif., was second in the standings. Tommy Byrne, of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Richard Millman, of McLean, Va., finished in a third-place tie, and Franz Konrad took fifth in the standings.
Scuderia Ferrari of Washington capitalized on a five-race winning streak in the second half of the season to capture its first GT team championship. Co-drivers Cort Wagner, of Los Angeles, and Bill Auberlen, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., will share the driver championship with 303 points.
2002 Rolex 24 At Daytona GT winner Kevin Buckler, of Sonoma, Calif., earned third-place honors with 286 points, while Joao Barbosa, of Riviera Beach, Fla., took fourth place in the class with 271 points. Michael Schrom, of Ghent, N.Y., finished fifth in the GT driver standings with 258 points.
In its first year of Rolex Series competition, Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, of Hennessey, Okla., took the American team championship title/ ACP Motorsports' Kerry Hitt, of Camp Hill, Pa., captured the AGT driver championship with 278 points.
Tommy Riggins, of Jacksonville, Fla., finished second with 238 points. Andrew Richards, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., took third with 230 points. Rob Morgan, of Corona del Mar, Calif., came in fourth in the AGT driver standings with 222 points. David Machavern, of Charlotte, Vt., was fifth with 213 points.
Judd-powered SRP entries accounted for five victories this season, giving the English engine manufacturer the class title, while Italy's Dallara earned the SRP chassis manufacturer award with four wins. Nissan and Lola easily captured their third-straight SRP engine and chassis manufacturer championships.
Saleen earned it second GTS title, while Porsche topped Ferrari by only 14 points for the GT manufacturer championship. Chevrolet won its third-straight American GT manufacturer title.
The Rolex Sports Car Series will kick off the 2003 season with the Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 30 - February 2, 2003. It will be the inaugural race for the new Daytona Prototypes, which will be the premier class of the Rolex Series beginning in 2003. Tickets are currently on sale for the Rolex 24 and may be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at 386-253-RACE.
Additional information on the Rolex Sports Car Series, including complete point standings, is available online at www.grandamerican.com.