DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 10, 2001) -- Nearly 300 of the top sports car and street stock drivers from around the country and world are flocking to Daytona Beach this week for the Grand-Am Finale at Daytona International Speedway, Sept. 14-16.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 10, 2001) -- Nearly 300 of the top sports car and street stock drivers from around the country and world are flocking to Daytona Beach this week for the Grand-Am Finale at Daytona International Speedway, Sept. 14-16. Forty-four race cars are already entered into Sunday's Rolex Sports Car Series three-hour race, while 67 cars are entered for Saturday's Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series six-hour race, with more entries expected to be added to both races later this week.
Archangel Team Owner to Miss Championship Win for MTV
Archangel Motorsport Services team owner Mike Johnson, of Atlanta, will have a lot to celebrate on Sunday after the Rolex Series race. He already knows that one of his two Nissan-powered Lolas will capture the SportsRacing Prototype II (SRPII) team championship, but which one will be determined during the race. He also might be able to celebrate a SRPII driver championship if Andy Lally, of Northpoint, N.Y., is able to maintain his two-point lead in the class. However, Johnson will not be at Daytona International Speedway to celebrate with his team on Sunday. The former cast member of MTV's 'The Real World' will be in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to begin filming of MTV's latest 'Real World/Road Rules Challenge.' Johnson will be at the Speedway for test days and Friday's qualifying, but will board a plane to Mexico on Saturday. Although Sunday's Grand-Am Finale race will be aired live on Speedvision, the 28-year-old team owner is still not sure if he will be able to watch his team capture the championship from Mexico.
Two Father/Son Duos Anticipated in SportsRacing Prototype Class
Two father/son duos could race against each other in the Rolex Series SRP class at the Finale. Rob Dyson is slated to be joined by his 23-year-old son Chris, both of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., in the #20 Norcold/Thetford/Goodyear-sponsored Ford Riley & Scott, while Jon Field could share driving duties with his 18-year-old son Clint, both of Dublin, Ohio, in the #37 Banana Joe's Judd Lola. Chris' first-ever Rolex Series race came in August at the Bully Hill Vineyards 250 at Watkins Glen. However, Clint has been racing in the series throughout the year, including the Rolex 24 At Daytona where he became the youngest driver to ever run the historic race.
Law To Pull Triple Duty At Finale
Several drivers will drive one car in Saturday's Grand-Am Cup race and another in Sunday's Rolex Series race. However, Phoenix's Darren Law will pull triple duty this weekend when he races for two different teams in the Grand-Am Cup race before he tries to clinch a driver championship in the Rolex Series race. Law typically races only in the Rolex Series GT class in G&W Motorsports' #81 Motorola/CommScope/Valley Group-sponsored Porsche GT3 R, and he will try to clinch the class team and driver championship in the Porsche on Sunday. But first he will drive in not one, but two Grand-Am Cup cars during Saturday's six-hour race. Law will race with Phoenix's Terry Borcheller, ironically his rival in the Rolex Series, in Team Lexus' #0 IS300 in the ST class, as well as put in time behind the wheel of G&W's #01 Momentum Motors-sponsored Porsche 993 in the GS class.
Indy 500-Winning Crew Chief Moves Into SportsRacing Prototype Class
After building cars that have won at the Indy 500 and 12 Hours of Sebring, Deland's Bryan Nott has turned his focus to the Rolex Series. Nott is the principal of Blackforest Motorsports Group, which will make its debut in the SRP class at the Grand-Am Finale. The team purchased the #28 Ford-powered Riley & Scott from the Intersport Racing Banana Joe's team earlier this year. After undergoing painstaking refreshment and updating, the Riley & Scott will debut its new Eran South Corporation paint scheme at the Grand-Am Finale.
Final Farewell to Porsche RSR Racing At Daytona?
The sentimental favorite in the GT class this weekend will be the #14 Porsche RSR of Autometrics Motorsports. The Grand-Am Finale could quite possibly be the last time a normally aspirated, air-cooled Porsche 911 professionally competes at the 'World Center of Racing.' The Porsche RSR won its American debut at Daytona nearly 28 years ago at the hands of Hurley Haywood and Peter Gregg. Rolex 24 At Daytona-veteran Cory Friedman and Ray Shaffer will share driving duties in the Autometrics Porsche RSR at the Grand-Am Finale.
Dallenbach, Skinner to Test for Rolex 24 on Wednesday
Wally Dallenbach Jr. and Mike Skinner are expected to test for the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Wednesday in Robinson Racing's 74-Ranch Judd-engined Riley & Scott. Robinson Racing runs in the premier SRP class of the Rolex Series. Team owner George Robinson, of Houston, and Jack Baldwin, of Atlanta, are the standard drivers for the 74-Ranch car, but the need for two additional drivers at the famous 24-hour race could be filled by Dallenbach and Skinner in 2002. While Dallenbach's participation in the Rolex 24 appears to be a done deal, Skinner will not make his decision until after recording some laps behind the wheel of the powerful Riley & Scott.