ALTON, Va. (October 1, 2003) -- As Grand Marshal for this weekend's VIR 400, Hurley Haywood may be asked to present the first place trophy to the winning drivers of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series event. Haywood would like to change...
ALTON, Va. (October 1, 2003) -- As Grand Marshal for this weekend's VIR 400, Hurley Haywood may be asked to present the first place trophy to the winning drivers of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series event. Haywood would like to change that tradition in Sunday's race, though. He would rather be the driver receiving the first place honors, continuing his personal winning tradition at Virginia International Raceway.
Haywood will be driving the Brumos Racing Porsche FABCAR in the 153-lap race on the 3.27-mile VIR Full Course. The car carries the same No. 59 that Haywood and Gregg had on their Porsche 914 when they won the first IMSA Camel GT race ever, held at Virginia International Raceway in 1971.
The following year, Haywood and Gregg returned to VIR, where they won in a Porsche 911.
"It's great for Brumos to be returning to a site where they've been very competitive and very successful," said Haywood. "Certainly, VIR is the prototypical road racing facility. It's a fast and challenging facility, and it's been beautifully brought along by its new owners.
"I'm honored to have Brumos recognized for their accomplishments there."
Haywood isn't looking at winning the VIR 400 for old times sake. He's looking to the future, knowing a victory will bring him and co-driver J.C. France closer to the inaugural Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototypes championship.
With only the Grand American Champions Weekend at Daytona International Speedway on November 2 remaining on the schedule, Haywood and France are fourth in the point standings with 310 points. Brumos Racing teammates David Donohue and Mike Borkowski are tied for first with 319 points, eight ahead of Bell Motorsports' Terry Borcheller at 311. With 35 points available to the winning car and drivers, the title is far from being decided, but Haywood can't risk slipping any further back from the leaders leading up to the Daytona finale.
Practice for the VIR 400 will get underway on Friday, October 3. Qualifying will be held on Saturday, October 4, prior to the Grand-Am Cup Series 3 Hours of VIR, and the green flag will fly on the Rolex Series VIR 400 on Sunday, October 5 at 12:30 p.m. ET.
The VIR 400 will be broadcast on a same-day tape delay on SPEED Channel, with the three-hour broadcast starting at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 5.
For more information on the VIR 400, contact VIR at 888-RACE099 or visit the track's website at www.virclub.com.