Trois-RiviÃ¨res, Quebec (August 3, 2001) -- The racing excitement got underway in the streets of Trois-RiviÃ¨res today as race cars took to the 1.501-mile temporary street course for the opening practice sessions of Le Grand Prix de...
Trois-Rivières, Quebec (August 3, 2001) -- The racing excitement got underway in the streets of Trois-Rivières today as race cars took to the 1.501-mile temporary street course for the opening practice sessions of Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. Grand American Road Racing will hold three races in Trois-Rivières this weekend involving both the Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series.
Dyson Racing Team's #16 Ford-powered Riley & Scott led the prototype and GTS field during practice today. Englishman James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger, of State College, Pa., are sharing driving duties in the SportsRacing Prototype car, which recorded a 59.839-second lap time during the afternoon practice session. The fastest SportsRacing Prototype II (SRPII) car was Porschehaus Racing's #88 Nissan-engined Lola driven by of a trio of Canadians including Peter Overing, of Montreal, Stephane Veilleux, of Montreal, and Jean Francois Dumoulin, of Trois-Rivières. The Lola clocked a 1:03.964 lap time prior to suffering mechanical problems on the track, which resulted in them being towed back to their garage. The Saleen S7R of Park Place Racing led the GTS class with their 1:05.443 lap time.
The GT and American GT classes of the Rolex Sports Car Series will run together in an 82-lap sprint race Saturday at Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, and will be joined for the first time ever by the Super Grand Sport (SGS) class of the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series. Grand-Am Cup's SGS class is the fastest class in the North American street stock series, which features vehicles limited to those makes and models sold to the general public through manufacturer's retail sales systems in North America. The SGS class includes high-end sports and GT models such as the Chevrolet Corvette C5, Dodge Viper, Porsche Twin Turbo and Supercup, Ford Mustang SVT and Saleen Mustang SR. The SGS class is similar to the Rolex Series' GT class, with SGS teams having modified their cars at past races in order to compete in both the Grand-Am Cup SGS class and Rolex Series GT class in the same weekend. However, the SGS class cars will compete under Grand-Am Cup's rules and regulation for this event, including the use of spec tires distributed by Hoosier.
Team X-1R clocked the fastest practice time of the day during practice for Saturday's GT race. Craig Conway, of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Doug Goad, of Farmington Hills, Mich., piloted the X-1R Corvette to the front of the field, as well as the American GT class, with their 1:06.817 lap time. Points leader Darren Law, of Phoenix, and Matt Drendel, of Hickory, N.C., led the GT class in the G&W Motorsports #81 Porsche GT3 R with a 1:08.406 lap. Speedsource's #65 Porsche 911 Supercup had the fastest SGS lap time with a 1:11.741 lap.
A pair of Quebec drivers was quickest during today's Grand-Am Cup race practice. Benoit Theetge, of Quebec City, and Jocelyn Hebert, of Becancour, recorded a 1:16.258 lap time in their Acura NSX to lead the Grand Sport class. Jeff Trask, of Santa Ana, Calif., and Jonathan Bomarito, of Salinas, Calif., were in front of the Sport Touring class with a 1:17.846 lap time in Villaconn International's BMW Z3 Coupe. The fastest Compact 2000 (C2K) car was Hyundai Motorsports' Tiburon with Gordon Cullen, of Unionville, Ont., Mark Weir, of Weir, Que., and Paolo Dal Cin, of Saint Lambert, Que., sharing driving duties.
Qualifying for all three of Grand-Am's races will be held Saturday morning. The first Rolex Series race, including the GT, AGT and SGS cars, will be run on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. ET, while the second race for the SRP, SRPII and GTS classes will run on Sunday at 3 p.m. The Grand-Am Cup race, featuring the GS, ST and C2K classes, will begin at 8:25 a.m. on Sunday.
Saturday's GT race will be aired on Speedvision on Sunday at 2 p.m., followed by a live broadcast of the prototype race. Tickets are still on sale for all three of Grand-Am's races, and may be purchased online at www.gptr.ca.