SCC: Birmingham: Craig Stanton race report

Alabama Sweet for Craig Stanton; Double Porsche Races Earns Win and Top-Five BIRMINGHAM, Ala., October 11, 2004 -- Craig Stanton has been one of the busiest Porsche drivers in the country in recent weeks. Since September 18th, the Long Beach,...

Alabama Sweet for Craig Stanton; Double Porsche Races Earns Win and Top-Five

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., October 11, 2004 -- Craig Stanton has been one of the busiest Porsche drivers in the country in recent weeks. Since September 18th, the Long Beach, Calif.-resident has raced a Porsche 911 in six events. He has three podium finishes and two event wins to show for his efforts. Included in the tally was an overwhelming win in Saturday's Barber 250 Grand-Am Cup event here at Barber Motorsports Park. Saturday's victory made Stanton's sixth in the series driving TheRaceSite.com Racing Porsche 996, his third with co-driver David Murry (Cumming, Ga.). In Sunday's Porsche 250 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series event, Stanton teamed with Mae Van Wijk (Kingwood, Tex.) to take fourth in the ultra-competitive SGS class driving the No. 86 G&W Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry finishing fourth.

Grand-Am Cup Notes- Stanton started the three-hour Grand-Am Cup event on the 2.3-mile, 16-turn Birmingham, Ala.-area track. With the win as well as the point chase on his mind, he approached the race with a smooth and easy style. Stanton had a clean and fast opening stint handing driving chores over to Murry at the one hour and ten minute mark. Murry made two more stops under yellow flags putting new rear tires on the final stop. Murry then cruised to the checkered flag.

The victory closed the driver championship point gap between Stanton and former teammate Terry Borcheller (Gainesville, Ga.). The Porsche expert is now just four points behind the man he drove with to the first three victories of the season. With one race and 35 points remaining in the Grand-Am Cup year, Stanton must beat Borcheller by two positions to win the championship at California Speedway. The hard-charging Californian led the standings early in the season before missing one event due to commitments with the Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing Porsche.

Rolex Series Notes- Stanton took-over the No. 86 at approximately half-way through the Porsche 250. The race was highlighted by on-again and off-again heavy rain. The only constants were the damp conditions and aggressive driving. Stanton kept his nose clean while slicing through the field going from seventh to fourth. The improvement gave Stanton his third SunTrust Most Improved Position Award for 2004.

The Grand-Am Cup 250 will be shown on a tape-delay basis at noon, Oct. 17th on SPEED. Stanton will take his final shot to take the Grand-Am Cup championship at his local track of California Speedway in Fontana on October 30th. He will also return to the No. 86 at Fontana on October 31st where he will attempt to add a second SGS class victory for 2004.

Quotes...

Craig Stanton,

about the Barber 250 victory: "I just tried to drive smooth and easy. My job was to give David a good car in a good position and we did that and he did the rest. David ran a great race. He knows every nook and cranny of this place and he put on a clinic out there. The real race was second, third and fourth spots. We were watching that hoping another competitor would get between us and Terry. Terry was heck-bent out there coming up through the field. We know what we have to do at California. I knew it would come down to this and I am excited about it. The last lap of the last race at my home track would be a great place to win the Grand-Am Cup championship. It isn't in the bag, that's for sure."

about the Porsche 250 top-five: "The 86 G&W Porsche ran flawless. The crew had to do a last minute clutch and hydraulic change on Saturday. So they were hustling to prepare the car for the race. Right about five minutes before the start it began to sprinkle and never really stopped. The pavement actually had pretty good grip and made for really good racing in the rain. Mae did a great job. I think that was the best drive I have seen her do yet. She handled traffic and the rain quite well. I think I got in the car in seventh and rolled up to fourth. The way the yellows fell we just ran out of time to get on the podium. The G&W team did a great job with the pit stops and the strategy. I am really proud to be a part of this."

For more on Craig Stanton please visit www.craigstanton.com. Log-on to www.gandwmotorsports.com to learn more about G&W Motorsports. For additional information on TheRaceSite.com Racing team, please visit www.theracesiteracing.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers David Murry , Terry Borcheller , Craig Stanton , Mae Van Wijk