Californian Craig Stanton to compete in Grand-Am Cup, LONG BEACH, Calif., January 27, 2004 - Californian sports car expert Craig Stanton will make his 2004 Grand-Am Cup Series debut at this weekend's Daytona 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International...
Californian Craig Stanton to compete in Grand-Am Cup,
LONG BEACH, Calif., January 27, 2004 - Californian sports car expert Craig Stanton will make his 2004 Grand-Am Cup Series debut at this weekend's Daytona 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. The Long Beach-resident will race the No. 44 Porsche 996 Grand-Am Cup entry for TheRaceSite.com Racing Team owned by the Nonnamaker family in the series' season-opener and in a number of events throughout the year. Stanton, lead driver of the No. 16 AASCO Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry in the Rolex Series, will co-drive with Terry Borcheller, Gainesville, Ga., in the highly competitive Grand Sport (GS) class. The 250-mile (70-lap) race is scheduled to start at 2:30 PM (eastern) on Friday, January 30.
Stanton anticipates an excellent opportunity to fight for the overall race win. "I'm very excited about running for the Nonnamakers in the Grand-Am Cup. The family has been around this series for years. They have the Grand-Am Cup format down to a tee. I'm also looking forward to running with Terry. We've been friends for a number of years and have been trying to team-up for almost that long. The Grand-Am Cup is very competitive and offers exciting racing. I'm eager to jump in the No. 44 Porsche and go for a win."
The legendary Porsche brand is a familiar mount for Stanton. His skill is used behind the wheel of the German sports car under the AASCO Motorsports banner in the Grand-American Rolex Sports Car Series in SGS class and in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) for Petersen Motorsports/White Lighting Racing.
"I've been a Porsche driver for a long-time now," said Stanton who won the Road America 500 last year in a 911 GT3 RS. "I obviously haven't driven the 996 in Grand-Am Cup trim but a Porsche is a Porsche. The great thing about a Porsche is that you know you are going to have a fast and reliable car that you can race like it is qualifying. So, whether I'm driving a 911 GT3 RSR for Petersen/White Lightning, a 911 GT3 Cup for AASCO or this Porsche 996, I know I have a winning car under me."
Since moving from moto-cross/super-cross to automobiles in 1986, Stanton has positioned himself as one of the premier drivers in sports car racing. A desire to win in all kinds of machines has led to drives in closed and open cockpit sports cars, sedans, NASCAR stock cars, open wheel formula cars and midgets and in off-road competition. He has won three championships and a Driver of the Year award in Sports Renault and is the 1997 Speedvision Cup Rising Star Award winner. Stanton began competing in the top echelon of sports car racing in 1999 with rides in both the ALMS and USRRC. He takes his fitness training very seriously with the goal of being the fittest race driver in the world and has competed in 27 triathlons in his career.
For more on Craig Stanton please visit www.craigstanton.com. For more on TheRaceSite.com Racing team, please visit www.theracesiteracing.com.