Grand-Am to allow Corvette in American GT class

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 18, 2000) – Officials with the Grand American Road Racing Association have announced minimal rule changes for the 2001 Grand-Am season in the American GT (AGT) class. The most exciting change will allow Chevrolet...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 18, 2000) – Officials with the Grand American Road Racing Association have announced minimal rule changes for the 2001 Grand-Am season in the American GT (AGT) class. The most exciting change will allow Chevrolet teams to enter the popular Chevrolet C-5 Corvette in addition to the already approved Camaro.

“The AGT class provided some of the best racing in the series last year and we are looking at making this class even better by adding the Corvette for next year,” said Dave Watson, Grand-Am director of competition. “We are also exploring the possibility of adjustments to allow single driver entries in the AGT class for the 2001 season.“

The AGT class provided one of the tightest battles for the driver’s championship last year, as it was not decided until the final laps at Watkins Glen. The class also put on a great show at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the Leavy Racing Camaro and the Spirit of Daytona Camaro racing for the win and having wheel to wheel contact with just two laps to go.

“We know we have a bullseye on our back heading into the 2001 season after claiming last year’s AGT Team Owner championship,” said Todd Flis, Spirit of Daytona team manager. “Right after we got back to the shop from Watkins Glen, we started building a new Corvette for next year. We are shooting to defend our TOP championship while also looking to claim the driver’s championship next year.”

Joining the fray in AGT next year will be the Team Amick entry from the Motorola Cup Series. Drivers Joe Varde and David Amick are this year’s Motorola Cup SGS drivers champions and see the move to AGT as the next logical step.

“All of our friends ran Grand-Am last year, and David is such a great driver we knew we would have to move up to the Grand-Am Series,” said Varde. “We can’t wait for next year. Irv Hoerr is building our chassis and we are excited about running with Grand-Am.”

Hoerr, who drove in three Grand-Am events last year collecting wins in both the SportsRacer and AGT classes, says, “I’m excited about the changes being made in the AGT class. I’ve been in this business awhile and I can see this is a great change. We entered a couple of events in 2000 with RVO Motorsports and the competition in the class was outstanding, these changes should really make that much better.”

The 2001 Grand-Am season begins in early January with test days at Daytona International Speedway. The Rolex 24 At Daytona on February 3-4, 2001 marks the first time this classic race will be broadcast live in its entirety with 25 hours of coverage on Speedvision.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers David Amick , Joe Varde