Grand-Am Cup Series Awards Celebration Set For Saturday Night at California Finale DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 24, 2004) - The 2004 Grand-Am Cup Series Awards Celebration will be held Saturday, October 30, at California Speedway in Fontana,...
Grand-Am Cup Series Awards Celebration Set For Saturday Night at California Finale
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 24, 2004) - The 2004 Grand-Am Cup Series Awards Celebration will be held Saturday, October 30, at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif., following that day's season-ending Grand-Am Cup 250 race during Lexus Champions Weekend.
The Grand-Am Cup Series Awards Celebration will once again be held in the Sahlen's Paddock Club on the grounds of California Speedway and all series teams, drivers, sponsors and officials are invited to attend as guests of Grand American. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by an awards presentation that will honor the champions of this year's Grand-Am Cup Series.
The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the respective championship awards to the first-place driver and manufacturers in both the Grand Sport (GS) and Sport Touring (ST) categories as well as the winning team owners in each class. With only the Fontana finale and a pair of races prior to that next month at Virginia International Raceway (Oct. 2) and Barber Motorsports Park (Oct. 9) remaining on the 2004 calendar, the championships in both classes are far from decided.
No. 11 Powell Motorsport Cadillac CTS-V driver Terry Borcheller - who is also the reigning Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype Champion - is locked in a battle with former teammate Craig Stanton for the GS driver title. Borcheller currently leads Stanton by 10 points (182-172). Porsche is on top in the GS manufacturer standings but Nissan is closing the gap (232-208) after recent back-to-back victories. TheRaceSite.com Racing Team leads the team standings on the strength of a series-leading four wins with the No. 44 TheRaceSite.com Porsche 966, each victory coming with Stanton at the wheel.
In ST, No. 95 Turner Motorsports BMW drivers Will Turner and Don Salama co-lead the driver standings and their success has also helped their entry lead in the team standings. Both the drivers and the No. 95 entry have a 25-point lead over No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 and drivers David Haskell and Sylvain Tremblay, 214 - 189. BMW and Mazda have each scored three ST wins this year, but the German manufacturer continues to lead the ST manufacturer standings over Daytona race winners, Acura, 228 - 213. Mazda is third with 207 points.
No RSVPs are necessary for the Grand-Am Cup Series Awards Celebration and guests need only show their Grand American competitors license or a proper event credential for admission. Media interested in attending the Awards celebration can contact the Grand American communications department.
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 deliver 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. Learn more about Grand American at www.grandamerican.com.