Haywood, France strengthen points lead

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 6, 2003) -- After picking up their second-straight victory at the AJ's Fine Foods 250 at Phoenix International Raceway over the weekend, co-drivers Hurley Haywood and JC France strengthened their lead in the Grand American...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 6, 2003) -- After picking up their second-straight victory at the AJ's Fine Foods 250 at Phoenix International Raceway over the weekend, co-drivers Hurley Haywood and JC France strengthened their lead in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototypes driver point standings. The pair's Brumos Racing #59 Porsche-powered FABCAR Daytona Prototype also increased its advantage in the team owner standings.

Haywood and France previously held a five-point lead over Darren Law in the driver point standings, but the duo's second victory has doubled their leading margin to 10 points. The #59 Brumos Racing entry also doubled its advantage to 10 points over G&W Motorsports in the team owner standings.

Joao Barbosa extended his lead in the GTS driver point standings following his second-place finish in the class at PIR. Barbosa now holds a 17-point edge over Tommy Riggins, who jumped from fifth place to second after taking the GTS win over the weekend. Riggins' Heritage Motorsports #48 Mustang claimed the lead in the GTS team owner standings, now leading Perspective Racing by 15 points.

Co-drivers Cort Wagner and Brent Martini claimed the top spot in the GT driver standings following their class victory in the AJ's Fine Food 250. The pair of Ferrari drivers, who were previously tied for fourth place, jumped into the lead with a three-point advantage over Craig Stanton.

Ferrari of Washington also took over at the front of the GT team owner point standings. The team, which had trailed Marcus Motorsports by three points, now has a seven-point margin over Marcus' #69 BMW entry.

In the manufacturer standings, Porsche gained ground over BMW in the Daytona Prototype engine standings, while FABCAR's lead over Picchio increased in the chassis standings. Mosler took over the lead in the GTS manufacturer standings, dropping Chevrolet to two points back. Ferrari broke its tie with Porsche in the GT standings to become the lone leader in the class with a five point leading margin.

The Rolex Sports Car Series will return to action next week in Birmingham, Ala., at the grand opening event of Barber Motorsports Park - the Barber 250 at The Park, May 16-18. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling 800-240-2300 or 205-327-RACE. Tickets are also available online at www.southtix.com.

Additional information on Barber Motorsports Park can be found online at www.barbermotorsports.com. More information about the Rolex Sports Car Series is available online at www.grandamerican.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Hurley Haywood , Darren Law , JC France , Joao Barbosa , Tommy Riggins , Craig Stanton , Brent Martini , Cort Wagner