AKRON, Ohio (June 26, 2000) - A new program from The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will allow Sports Racer and Sports Racer II teams competing in the Grand American Road Racing Association series to share a $20,000 contingency package at the...
AKRON, Ohio (June 26, 2000) - A new program from The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will allow Sports Racer and Sports Racer II teams competing in the Grand American Road Racing Association series to share a $20,000 contingency package at the end of the season.
Based on the popular NASCAR sponsorship programs, Goodyear's new Grand-Am sponsorship program will initiate a $20,000 year-end contingency prize that will pay dividends to the top five owners in each class, including the points secured thus far this season. The program is divided equally, with each of the 10 teams collecting a $2,000 bonus, contingent upon the exclusive use of Goodyear tires at the final four Grand-Am races and proper display of Goodyear decals on each car. The program starts with this week's Paul Revere 250 at Daytona International Speedway and continues through the series finale at Watkins Glen, N.Y.
"Goodyear has a long and historic tradition in sports car racing and this program is one that not only attracts new business but also rewards the loyalty of the teams that use our product," says Stu Grant, Goodyear's general manager for global race tires. "We look at all of our racing efforts as business efforts and we find that there is good value in sports car racing. Our successes on the track help both the racing teams that compete on our tires as well as the distributors that sell our tires."
"It is critical to the success of the Grand-Am series to have the support of the racing industry behind it," says Roger Edmondson, President, Grand American Road Racing Association. "Goodyear's involvement in initiating this program is very gratifying to the Grand-Am and will help to solidify this fast-growing series by providing teams the incentive to compete with world-class products and suppliers."
Edmondson explains that Grand-Am teams have a limited number of tires they can use each race weekend, dependent upon the length of the race. The contingency program will provide one full set of Goodyear Racing Eagle tires to all participating competitors in the two classes. At Daytona's Paul Revere 250, each team is allowed only four sets of tires. "Goodyear's program will allow each team to save 25 percent on its tire budget this weekend," Edmondson adds.
"We're also gratified that Goodyear chose to distribute its contingency funds equally. That gives everyone incentive to take part in this exciting program. It's a double-barrel program. Free product and an opportunity to receive contingency monies at the end of the season. That makes it a win-win situation for the teams, for the Grand-Am and for Goodyear."
Goodyear Eagles have been the tires of choice for the Sports Racer winners at four of the first five Grand-Am events. The Dyson Racing team of James Weaver, Max Papis, Elliot Forbes-Robinson and Rob Dyson dominated the class in the season opening Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, winning the division by a 150-mile margin. The Informix/Robinson Racing entry of Jack Baldwin and Irv Hoerr claimed the Sun Automotive 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Weaver and co-driver Butch Leitzinger gave Dyson Racing its second win at Lime Rock Park's Dodge Dealers Grand Prix. Baldwin and team owner George Robinson captured the United States Road Racing Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Several other Goodyear-equipped teams have had good performances in the first half of the Grand-Am season. The Risi Competizione Ferrari has garnered several podium finishes. Intersport Racing fields a pair of cars and single entries have been entered by Philip Creighton Motorsports, TRV Motorsport, Downing Atlanta and Hybrid Racing.
The Sports Racer II concept is an additional way to contain costs in the sport. The division features open-cockpit racers with downsized engines. More than a dozen race car constructors are currently producing or planning to build chassis for the division, which are price capped at $159,500. The normally-aspirated six-cylinder engine may not be sold for more than $42,500.