Road America race day report

Today's race is the seventh on the nine-race inaugural schedule for the Grand American Road Racing Association. Today's race is 500 miles, 125 laps of the 4.0-mile circuit. It is the longest race since the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The event ...

Today's race is the seventh on the nine-race inaugural schedule for the Grand American Road Racing Association.

Today's race is 500 miles, 125 laps of the 4.0-mile circuit. It is the longest race since the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

The event features simultaneous competition for five Grand-Am classes: the SportsRacer (SR) and SportsRacer Light (SR II) for open-cockpit, two seater purpose-built prototype racers, and GTO, GTO and American GT (AGT) for production-based GT cars.

Multiple winners for the SportsRacer class are Dyson Racing (Daytona Rolex 24, Lime Rock, Daytona Paul Revere 250) and Robinson Racing (Phoenix and Lime Rock), with Doran Lista Racing winning at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Six different driver lineups have visited the top of the podium, with James Weaver winning three events and Jack Baldwin two.

Archangel Motorsports (Ryan Hampton and Larry Oberto) has won all five races since the SportsRacer Lights class debuted at Phoenix. The four regular American teams were joined by four teams from the European SportsRacing World Cup. The four teams will also be in action today.

In GTO, the European Oreca Viper team won overall in the Rolex 24. The Saleen SR of Terry Borcheller and Ron Johnson won at Phoenix, Miami and Lime Rock. The Porsche of David Lacey and Greg Wilkens won at Mid-Ohio, and the Viper of Erik Messley and Eric Miller won the Paul Revere 250.

In GTU, the G&W Porsche of Darren Law and Mike Fitzgerald has three victories (Miami, Mid-Ohio and the Paul Revere 250), while the Genesis BMW of Rick Fairbanks and Bill Auberlen has two (Phoenix and Lime Rock).

The Spirit of Daytona Camaro (Craig Conway and Doug Goad) won four races, at Phoenix, Lime Rock, Mid-Ohio and the Paul Revere 250. Comer Racing (Andy McNeil and Doug Mills) won the Rolex 24, and Jon Leavy won at Miami.

With qualifying cancelled due to stormy weather, the field was set based on Team Owner Points and practice times. This puts the Doran Lista Special of Didier Theys, Mauro Baldi and Fredy Leinhard on the pole.

A late addition to the field is the No. 4 Saleen SR of Steve Saleen and John Kohler. It's the same car that finished seventh in Saturday's Motorola Cup race.

Grand Marshall Roger Edmondson, President of the Grand American Road Racing Association, gives the command to start engines at 11:59 a.m.

Drivers must complete a minimum of 32 laps to score points, but will get no points if they complete more than 94 laps.

The No. 08 Banshee fails to fire and is a non-starter.

The field takes the green flag at 12:04 p.m. following one pace lap. Weaver leads the first lap, followed by Baldwin and Field. No. 54 GTU Jennings stops at turn nine, and No. 68 SRII Smithson is in the gravel at 12... No. 93 GTU Rask is in the gravel at 1. All are removed under local yellow conditions. ... No. 4 GTO, the late-entered Zippo Saleen SR, is in the pits and up on jack stands, then goes behind the wall ... No. 2 Field takes second on lap 2. ...

Jon Field passes Weaver on the outside to lead lap 8 ... No. 58 Boughler pulls off at 5 with engine trouble, and a small fire is quickly extinguished. ... Weaver regains lead two laps later... Lap 10 class leaders: SR-16-37-27; SRII-22-6-62; GTO-1-5-82; GTU-50-81-66; AGT-91-00-09.

Lap 11: Paul Gentilozzi, the GTO leader, reported smoking. He pits and goes straight behind the wall with a leaking power steering line... No. 5 Borcheller, the new GTO leader, pits the following lap, lead to No. 82 Altenburg ... Lap 16, No. 81 Law new GTU leader ... Lap 17, No. 84 McNeil pits, Mills in .... Field continuing to chase Weaver, with Theys a close third ... Lap 18, No. 12 pits, no driver change ... No. 95 Schroeder pits, Vinella replaces Schroeder ... No. 5 pits again, Johnson for Borcheller ...

Lap 20, No. 74 pits, Robinson for Baldwin ...

Lap 21, race leader No. 16 Weaver, No. 37 Field, No. 8 Leitzinger all pit ... new leader is No. 27 Theys. No. 16 Wallace in for Weaver, Leitzinger and Field both continue ... Lap 22, AGT leader Hoerr pits, continues after 10-second penalty for too many men over the wall ...

Lap 23, leader No. 27 Theys pits, remains in car ... No. 20 EFR pits, Dyson in ... No. 38 Ave retires, gearbox. ... SRII leader No. 22 pits, Hampton remains in.... No. 46 Messley, second in GTO, speeds on pit road, resulting in stop and go plus 10 second penalty. Hayner replaces Messley.

Lap 25 class rundown: SR-27-16-8, covered by 3.6 seconds; SRII 99-22-6; GTO-82-46-5; GTU-81-50-80, top two .7 apart; AGT-91-00-09.

Lap 26, GTO leader Altenburg, slows and pits... report is a lost cylinder... Paul Gentilozzi returns after replacing a fitting on the power steering pump ... the No. 5, which was virtually rebuilt following Friday's fire, reports lack of insulation on the floor is causing driver discomfort and a vapor lock ... No. 00 AGT Pelke, loses transmission and is towed to pits ...No. 84 McNeil reports electrical problems ...

Lap 34, Fairbanks in for Pilgrim in the No. 50 ... Lap 35, No. 51 pulls off course. .. Lap 35, No. 6 Lally pulls off at 2 with electrical problems ... No. 82 McCann reports the Viper is running better after changing ignition ... Lap 36, GTU leader No. 81 pits, Law out, Fitzgerald in ...

Lap 37, No. 12 Ferrari begins second round of pit stops. Van de Poele replaces Schiattarella ... No. 80 GTU pits, Schrom for Morton ... Lap 38, No. 74 pits, Haywood for Robinson ... No. 66 pits, Collin for Buckler ...

Lap 41, No. 27 Theys continues to lead, but No. 27 Wallace and No. 8 Lietzinger battling for position, less than seven seconds back ... lap 42, No. 95 Vinella pulls off, with a short in the battery cable.

Lap 43, No. 8 Leitzinger pits, Schubot in ... Lap 44, No. 16 Wallace pits, Weaver back in ... No. 37 pits, Field out, Gavin in ... No. 91 AGT leader pits, Schramm for Hoerr ...

Lap 47, leader No. 27 Theys pits, Leinhard in...

Lap 48, SRII leader No. 22 Hampton pits, Macey in ...

Lap 50 rundown: SR-27-16-8-12-37-20; SRII-99-22-62; GTO-46-5-82; GTU-81-50-80; AGT-91-09-18.

Lap 51, Weaver regains the lead ... No. 99 SRII leader Snow pits, Schumacher I ... No. 52 retires, gearbox; No. 20 Dyson pits, John Paul Jr. in ... Long stop for GTO leader No. 46 Viper, Messley in for Hayner ...

Lap 56, No. 12 Ferrari pits to begin third round of pit stops, van de Poele remains in ...

Lap 57, No. 09 AGT, Goad for Conway ... No. 46 Messley pits, being towed behind wall. New GTO leader is No. 5 Johnson... Lap 58, No. 84 AGT, Mills for McNeil...

Lap 60, No. 74 Haywood pits, missed its stall. Haywood had to redo his belts to take another lap ... No. 82 pits, Jim McCann in for Mike McCann, running second in GTO ...

Lap 62, No. 74 Haywood pits again, Baldwin in ...

Halfway at lap 63. In SR, it's 16-8-27-37; SRII-99-22-62; GTO-5-82-46; GTU-81-50-80; AGT-91-09-18.

Lap 64, No. 00 AGT stuck in the gravel ... No. 6 returns after a long stop to replace the trigger on the ignition. The repair necessitated taking apart much of the car...Lap 65, No. 8 pits, Schubot still in... Lap 66, leader No. 16 pits, Wallace for Weaver ... No. 80 pits, cut left rear tire and bodywork damage, Gabel in ...

Lap 68, AGT leader No. 91 Schramm pits, remains in ... No. 37 third place Gavin pits, remains in .. Lap 69, GTO leader No. 5 Johnson pits ... Lap. 70, second place No. 27 pits, Baldi for Leinhard.

Lap 70, first full-course caution, 66-80 Gable -93 over course at station five, also oil on the course ... SRII leader No. 99 pits, Shumacher remains in ... No. 8 pits, second place Schubot pits, Leitzinger gets in ... No. 12 pits, Schiattarella in for van de Poele ... Lap 72, several pit stops including No. 20, EFR for Paul, No. 50, Pilgrim for Fairbanks, No. 09, Goad stays in, No. 63, Downing for Katz ...

Stu Hayner, driver of the No. 46 Viper, has been treated and released from the infield care center after inhaling fumes ...

Lap 73, No. 22 pits, Oberto for Lacey ... No. 81 GTU leader pits, Law for Fitzgerald ... No. 55 pits, Gleason in ... under yellow after 73 laps complete, it's 16-27-8-12-37 all on the lead lap, 20 is two laps down, 74 three laps down ... in SRII, 99 has one lap on 22-62 ... GTO, 5 has two laps on 82, 46 not running, another 12 laps back ... GTU, 81 has one lap on 50, 93 up to third but four laps down; AGT, 91 has two laps on 09, five laps on 18.

Lap 75, one to go, No. 27 Baldi pits for fuel only ... Lap 76, restart has Weaver in front with Leitzinger 10 seconds back, with lapped cars in between ... Leitzinger quickly cuts margin to four seconds ...

Lap 78, lead 3.5 seconds ... Gentilozzi returns after serving 10-second penalty for speeding on pit road ... No. 93 Porsche, third in GTU, stuck in gravel at station 6 ... Lap 80, 16 lead on 8 cut to 2.4 seconds ... No. 95 officially retired with broken camshaft ...

Lap 83, No. 74 pits, Robinson in for Baldwin ... Lap 84, No. 22 Oberto passes No. 62 for second in SRII, but trails No. 99 by one lap ...

Lap 86, leader No. 16 Wallace pits for fuel only ... Lap 87, new leader is No. 8 Leitzinger, 10 seconds over No. 12 Schiattarella, No. 37 Gavin another six seconds back ... No. 16 Wallace is fourth, 38 seconds behind, with No. 27 Baldi fifth, 39 seconds back ... No. 67 Tumminelli pits with small oil fire ... No. 91, AGT leader Schramm pits, Frank takes over ...

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers James Weaver , Didier Theys , Bill Auberlen , Mauro Baldi , Jon Field , Paul Gentilozzi , Doug Goad , Craig Conway , Terry Borcheller , Darren Law , Ryan Hampton , Jon Leavy , Steve Saleen , Larry Oberto , Rick Fairbanks , John Kohler , Doug Mills , Jim McCann , Stu Hayner , Erik Messley , John Paul , Greg Wil , Ron Johnson
Teams Dyson Racing