DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 30, 2000) -- James Weaver passed Didier Theys with seven laps remaining, and went on to win the Paul Revere 250 under the lights at Daytona International Speedway. Weaver and Andy Wallace teamed to give Dyson Racing its...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 30, 2000) -- James Weaver passed Didier Theys with seven laps remaining, and went on to win the Paul Revere 250 under the lights at Daytona International Speedway. Weaver and Andy Wallace teamed to give Dyson Racing its third SportsRacer victory of the Grand American Road Racing Association’s inaugural season, solidifying Weaver’s lead in the SportsRacer point standings.
Weaver took a four-second victory over a three-car pack battling for the runnerup slot. Theys finished second in the Doran Lista Special started by Ross Bentley, while the Risi Ferrari 333SP of Mimmo Schiattarelli and Ralf Kelleners took third on a last-lap pass the Riley & Scott Judd of Jack Baldwin and George Robinson. Jon Field finished fifth on the lead lap, driving a Ford Lola.
“Our car was brilliant, it couldn’t have been better,” said Weaver. “But we were very lucky with that last yellow. If it hadn’t been for that, the Doran car would have beaten us. They had big enough of a lead, because we made one more pit stop.”
The Dyson Ford averaged 103.825 mph, leading three times for 55 of the 70 laps. The race was slowed by four cautions for 13 laps. “We ran the car very light on downforce, on purpose, to get good straightaway speeds,” explained Wallace, who scored his first victory of the season. “We were very fast, but coming out of the infield and out of the chicane onto the banking, the car was very, very loose, and a couple times it got very close to the wall.”
The 11 p.m. race followed qualifying for Saturday’s Pepsi 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race. The event was held under ideal conditions, as threatening showers never materialized.
Larry Oberto and Ryan Hampton combined to give the Archangel Motorsports Nissan-Lola its fifth consecutive SportsRacer Lights victory, but had to come from behind, passing the Mazda Kudzu of Rich Grupp and Dennis Spencer for the lead on the 48th of 70 circuits.
Darren Law and Mike Fitzgerald won GTU in the G&W Porsche, edging the Porsche of teammates John Morton and Scooter Gable by nine-tenths of a second, with the Racer’s Group Porsche of Kevin Buckler and Philip Collin third, one second back.
Erik Messley and Marty Miller took GTO honors in a Dodge Viper. The Saleen SR of Terry Borcheller and Ron Johnson developed an exhaust leak early in the race and were never in contention for their fourth victory of the season.
The Spirit of Daytona Camaro of Craig Conway and Doug Goad won in American GT despite numerous problems, including a clogged radiator and a transmission with only one gear.
The next event for the Grand-Am competitors will be the Sargento/Road America 500 at Elkhart Lake, Wis. For additional information, please check the official web site, www.grand-am.com.