Grand-Am finale at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- (August 4, 2000) -- The inaugural championships for the Grand American Road Racing Association will be on the line when the new sports car series visits historic Watkins Glen International August 25-27 for the...

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- (August 4, 2000) -- The inaugural championships for the Grand American Road Racing Association will be on the line when the new sports car series visits historic Watkins Glen International August 25-27 for the season-ending Bosch Sports Car Summerfest. The weekend includes a pair of points-paying races, two 18-lap, 100-kilometer sprints for the SportsRacers and GT classes on Friday evening, and Sunday's revival of the traditional Six Hours, all on the 3.4-mile long circuit. James Weaver enters the weekend leading the premier SportsRacer championship with 264 points, 15 over Didier Theys and 25 over Jack Baldwin and Elliott Forbes-Robinson. All four drivers have Watkins Glen International victories to their credit. Larry Oberto and Ryan Hampton enter the finale tied for the lead in SportsRacer Lights, and can clinch a share of the title by finishing Friday's qualifying race. While only one driver will compete in the sprint race, both drivers will receive points, recognizing the "team" aspect of the sport. The duo won six of the seven SportsRacer Lights events. Spencer Racing teammates Dennis Spencer and Rich Grupp are tied for third in the category. Saleen Speedlab teammates Terry Borcheller and Ron Johnson enter the finale assured that at least one of them will win the GTO crown. The only tie breaker would be if the car fails to finish the Six Hours before one of the drivers drives the minimum (25 percent) distance to score points. Paul Revere 250 at Daytona winner Erik Messley is third in GTO, driving a Dodge Viper. While Mike Fitzgerald had a three-race winning streak halted at the recent race at Trois-Rivieres by Genesis BMW co-drivers Rick Fairbanks and Andy Pilgram, the driver of the G&W Porsche holds a 16-point lead in GTU over teammate Darren Law. Racer's Group Porsche driver Kevin Buckler is also in contention, 39 points back. Andy McNeil leads former teammate Doug Mills in the American GT class. The pair co-drove to victory in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona in the Comer Racing sportsline.com Camaro. McNeil holds an eight-point lead over Mills, who will join Jon Leavy and Ken Bupp with the Hamilton Safe Camaro team at The Glen in a bid to win the title. A strategy miscalculation cost Craig Conway and Doug Goad from scoring any points in their Lime Rock victory, but the five-time 2000 winners remain in contention, 13 points in arrears. The SportsRacer and GT championships for the Team Owner Program will also be decided at the Glen. The Doran Lista Racing team, winner of events at Miami and Road America, holds a six-point advantage over Dyson Racing, with Risi Competizione 17 points back and Robinson Racing 21 points behind. Robinson Racing won races at Phoenix and Mid-Ohio. The G&W Porsche team leads the GT Team Owners Program by 28 points over the Spirit of Daytona and 30 points over Genesis Racing. Practice for the Bosch Sports Car Summerfest begins at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. The Grand-Am GT qualifying race is set for 7:15 p.m., followed by the SportsRacer qualifying race at 8 p.m. The weekend also includes a three-hour Motorola Cup race on Saturday, the American City Racing League, and a pair of U.S. F2000 National Championship races. For tickets, call (607) 535-2481. For additional information, visit the official web site, www.grand-am.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers James Weaver , Didier Theys , Elliott Forbes-Robinson , Kevin Buckler , Doug Goad , Craig Conway , Terry Borcheller , Darren Law , Ryan Hampton , Jon Leavy , Dennis Spencer , Larry Oberto , Rick Fairbanks , Doug Mills , Erik Messley , Rich Grupp , Ron Johnson
Teams Risi Competizione