Pruett and Papis Continue To Lead Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype Points Auberlen Moves Into GT Tie With Said; Bunting & Lally Extend SGS Lead DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 6, 2004) - The leaders of all three Grand American Rolex Sports...
Pruett and Papis Continue To Lead Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype
Auberlen Moves Into GT Tie With Said; Bunting & Lally Extend SGS Lead
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 6, 2004) - The leaders of all three Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series classes maintained their position atop their respective driver standings following last week's Paul Revere 250 presented by Brumos Porsche at Daytona International Speedway-the halfway point of the 12-race 2004 calendar.
Following a second-place finish in the Paul Revere 250, No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley teammates Scott Pruett and Max Papis continue to lead the Daytona Prototype standings with 183 points. However, No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley co-drivers Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor used their victory last week at Daytona to close the gap to 11 points behind the Ganassi duo. CITGO Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford driver Andy Wallace stands alone in fifth place with 164 points, while Wallace's CITGO Howard-Boss Motorsports teammate Milka Duno is sixth with 151 markers.
Defending Daytona Prototype champion Terry Borcheller, who drives the No. 54 Kodak-Bell Motorsports Pontiac Doran is tied for seventh with No. 81 Rx.com/G&W Motorsports BMW Doran driver Cort Wagner with 148 points apiece. No. 27 Doran-Lista Racing Lexus Doran driver Didier Theys occupies ninth in the driver standings with 145 points, and No. 02 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley pilot Jimmy Morales is 10th with 144 markers.
The No. 01Lexus team also leads the No. 10 Pontiac squad in the team standings, 183-172, with the No. 2 CITGO-Howard-Boss Motorsports team third with 159 points. Pontiac leads the Daytona Prototype engine manufacturer standings, 202-196 over Lexus, and BMW is third with 147. Riley tops the chassis manufacturer standings with a 192-178 advantage over Doran followed by Crawford with 177 points.
Perhaps the biggest points news at Daytona came out of the GT category, where No. 21 Prototype Technology Group BMW M3 driver Bill Auberlen won the Paul Revere 250 along with new co-driver Justin Marks and moved into a tie for the GT driver points lead. Auberlen's former co-driver Boris Said finished second in his first race co-driving the No. 22 PTG BMW M3 with Joey Hand and as a result, Said and Auberlen are deadlocked atop the GT driver standings with 186 points apiece. No. 66 The Racer's Group Porsche GT3 RS co-drivers Ian James, RJ Valentine and Chris Gleason are in a three-way tie for third with 167 points, 19 in arrears of Auberlen and Said.
The No. 21 PTG team also leads the team standings, 186-171, over the No. 66 The Racer's Group squad, with the No. 44 Orbit Racing Porsche GT3 RS team third in GT team points with 165. The GT manufacturer's battle also features a tie, as BMW and Porsche share the lead with 189 points, and Maserati stands third with 149 points.
In Super Grand Sport (SGS), No. 38 TPC Racing Porsche GT3 Cup co-drivers Marc Bunting and Andy Lally used a second place class finish to extend their SGS points lead to 17 points over their teammates in the No. 36 Porsche GT3 Cup, Randy Pobst and Michael Levitas (191-174). No. 37 TPC Racing Porsche GT3 Cup driver John Littlechild is alone in fifth place with 167.
The No. 38 TPC Racing team tops the SGS team standings with 191 points, 29 ahead of the No. 41 ORISON-Planet Earth Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup team. The No. 36 TPC Racing team is third with 142 points. Among SGS manufacturers, Porsche owns a dominating, 82-point lead over Chevrolet (207-115), with Ferrari in third with 42 points.
The next event on the 2004 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series calendar is the EMCO Gears Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic on Saturday, August 7. For tickets, call 1-800-MID-OHIO or visit www.midohio.com.
The Grand American Road Racing Association, which sanctions the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup Series, is one of the fastest growing motorsports organizations in the United States. Established in 1999, Grand American's stated goal is to bring stability to professional sports car road racing in North America. The 12-race 2004 Rolex Series schedule and the 10-race Grand-Am Cup calendar delivers professional sports car racing to many key markets throughout North America in addition to being televised in the United States and Canada on SPEED Channel and distributed globally through ESPN International. With title sponsorship support from Rolex Watch USA, the Rolex Sports Car Series showcases emerging and legendary drivers from around the globe and thoroughbred racing machines from the industry's leading constructors and the world's top automobile manufacturers. Learn more about Grand American at www.grandamerican.com.