PORSCHE AIMS FOR GRAND-AM GT TRIPLE CROWN IN MIAMI FINALE HOMESTEAD, FL - October 5, 2009 -- The Acxiom GT class triple crown of championships will be within reach of Porsche Motorsport customer teams during the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series...
PORSCHE AIMS FOR GRAND-AM GT TRIPLE CROWN IN MIAMI FINALE
HOMESTEAD, FL - October 5, 2009 -- The Acxiom GT class triple crown of championships will be within reach of Porsche Motorsport customer teams during the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season finale on Saturday Oct. 10 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Saturday's two-hour, 45-minute race takes the green flag at 1:08 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on SPEED. Live timing and scoring, notes and results will be available on www.grand-am.com, with regular updates also posted on www.twitter.com/RolexSeries. The race is part of the NextEra Energy Resources SPEEDJAM Championships, also featuring the series-crowning finales of the Firestone Indy Lights and the IndyCar Series.
Leh Keen (Charleston, SC) and Dirk Werner (Germany) can clinch the GT Driver's championship simply by keeping their #87 Farnbacher Loles Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on the track so each driver completes the mandatory 30 minutes to earn points. They enter the finale with a 30-point lead over #07 Pontiac GXP.R driver Kelly Collins, with only 35 points available to the winner.
The #87 Farnbacher Loles Porsche leads the GT Team championship standings by 29 points over the #57 Stevenson Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R. And, thanks to significant contributions from TRG driver Andy Lally (Dacula, GA), Porsche leads the GT Manufacturers championship standings by 23 points over Pontiac. With such solid points leads, Porsche is favored to win all three GT championships.
Things aren't so favorable for Porsche teams in Daytona Prototype competition.
Porsche works drivers Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) still have a mathematical chance at the DP title, but it is a real long shot as the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Cars Series brings the second-closest points battle in series history to Homestead-Miami to crown a Champion.
Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty of the #99Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley hold an eight-point lead (309-301) over #10 SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara drivers Max Angelelli and Brian Frisselle. Third place belongs to #01 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley co-drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, who sit 10 points back of the leaders.
Gurney and Fogarty, who captured the 2007 crown by a slim two-point margin, lead the 2009 series with four victories - matching the win total of Keen and Werner. The duo can clinch its second championship with a fourth-place or better finish.
Bernhard and Dumas rank fourth with 276 points, 33 points out of first place and 23 points of out third. They have one final chance to Miami to record their first Grand-Am victory.
"We have a great car now, and now that we have all the power back, we know we can win," Dumas says. "We just need everything to be perfect. We will try again at Miami."
"I led a lot of laps (13 at Utah) and we need to keep that momentum going to Miami," Bernhard says. "We have been so close (to winning) the last two races that is frustrating. We are used to winning, not almost winning.
David Donohue (Malvern, PA) and Darren Law (Phoenix, AZ) won the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona in the #58 Brumos Porsche Riley and rank only seventh in the driver's championship standings but have a good chance to rise to fifth. JC France (Ormond Beach, FL) and Joao Barbosa (Portugal) share the #59 Brumos Porsche Riley.
The GT focus will be on Porsche.
"We could have won the race, or at least clinched the championship, and both opportunities slipped away," Keen says of the last event at Miller Motorsports Park. "With two minutes left, we were already celebrating, so we'll have to think of this of practice for our celebration for Miami. It's obviously still exciting to be in this position and we've got a lot to look forward to. We're still in really good shape. We'll just do what we have to do at Miami."
Lally has been the hottest GT driver recently, with back-to-back second place finishes in the #66 TRG Porsche 911 GT3. He won the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona in the #67 TRG Porsche 911 GT3, giving him three top Porsche finishes and helping Porsche to a solid lead in the GT Manufacturer's championship standings.
TRG will also service the #65 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry of Craig Stanton (Long Beach, CA) and John Potter (Salt Lake City, UT), who rank 10th in the GT Driver's championship with a best finish of fifth (twice, including the most recent race at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah).
Another notable entry is the #48 Marquis Jets Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Bryce Miller (Summit, NJ) and Kevin Roush (Upland, CA), who are using the final races this season as a tune-up for a full campaign in 2010. Miller helped Dirk Werner to his 2007 Grand-Am GT title by co-driving with Dirk to all, but one of his GT victories that year.
-credit: porsche motorsport