Doncaster co-drivers hold onto points lead. Six drivers within three points of GS II lead. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 15, 2003) -- Doncaster Racing drivers Robert Julien and Jean-Francois Dumoulin followed up their season-opening win at Daytona...
Doncaster co-drivers hold onto points lead.
Six drivers within three points of GS II lead.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 15, 2003) -- Doncaster Racing drivers Robert Julien and Jean-Francois Dumoulin followed up their season-opening win at Daytona with a third-place podium finish in the Grand-Am Cup Series Miami 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway last weekend, strengthening their lead in the Grand Sport I driver standings. With 65 points, the drivers of the #119 Porsche GT3 Cup increased their lead in the GS I driver and team owner standings from three points to eight.
Previously, Julien and Dumoulin were followed by their teammates Greg Wilkins and David Lacey, who pilot Doncaster's #7 Porsche. However, their eighth-place finish at Miami dropped the co-drivers into a seventh-place tie in the driver standings while their #7 Porsche is tied for fourth in the team owner points with Case-It Racing's #84 Porsche that finished second in Miami.
Randy Pobst and Michael Levitas, who scored their first victory of the season in the Miami 250, leaped from a 17th-place tie to a tie for third place following the Miami event. The pair's #18 Porsche of TPC Racing moved into second place in the team owner standings, eight points behind the leading Doncaster entry.
The SpeedSource #70 Porsche advanced one spot in the GS I team owner standings to third place, while its drivers Sebly Wellman and Sylvain Tremblay are tied for fifth in the driver standings.
The Grand Sport II class features a hotly contest battle for the lead in the driver standings, with six drivers within three points of each other. After posting a third-place finish in the class at Miami in the Automatic Racing #09 BMW M3, Jep Thornton and Dave Russell took over the lead in the GS II driver standings with 62 points.
The duo holds a one-point advantage over three drivers that are tied with 61 points. Co-drivers Joe and Wayne Nonnamaker slipped out of the lead after finishing fifth in Miami, and are now tied with David Brown, who moved up in the standings following his victory with new co-driver Jeff Lapcevich. With 60 points, Michael Baughman trails the leaders by only two points.
The battle for the top spot in the GS II team owner points is also close. The Automatic Racing #09 BMW M3 of Thornton and Russell moved into the lead, but is closely followed by the Planet Earth Motorsports #41 Porsche 911 of the Nonnamakers that trails by only one point. Michael Baughman Racing's #45 Firebird sits in third place in the latest GS II team owner standings, two points off of the leader.
Pete Halsmer and John Schmitt maintained their lead in the Sport Touring I driver standings following their podium finish in the class at Miami. The pair leads Team Lexus drivers Andy Lally and Chuck Goldsborough by three points.
Team Lexus' #0 IS300 entry held onto its lead in the ST I team owner standings after Lally and Goldsborough piloted it to a second-place finish over the weekend. The winning Team Lexus #2 IS300 jumped from fourth place to second in the team owner standings following its ST I victory in the Miami 250. The #2 Lexus now trails its sister car by five points.
Three teams are tied for third place in ST I team owner points. The TC Kline #12 BMW Z4, Duane Neyer Motorsports #83 BMW Z3 and Team Lexus #3 IS300 are all 21 points behind the leader.
The Sport Touring II win by Bill Fenton and Bob Beede put the drivers and their #27 Acura Integra LS of Bill Fenton Motorsports in front of the ST II driver and team owner standings. Fenton and Beede hold a seven-point lead over three drivers - Ed Magner, Howie Liebengood and Will Nonnamaker.
The Bill Fenton Motorsports' #27 entry also has a seven-point advantage in the ST II team owner standings over the HRPworld.com #43 Acura.
In the manufacturer point standings, Porsche strengthened its stronghold on the GS I class, increasing its lead from nine points to 18. However, Porsche lost its top spot in the GS II class to BMW, which now leads both Ford and Porsche by one point and Pontiac by two points.
Lexus pulled into a two-way tie atop the ST I manufacturer point standings with Acura. The pair both lead Toyota by nine points. In the ST II standings, Acura overtook Chevrolet to lead the class by two points.
The Grand-Am Cup Series will hold round three of the 2003 season at Phoenix International Raceway, where the Grand Sport and Sport Touring divisions will be split into twin 200s. Tickets are currently on sale for the Phoenix Twin 200s and may be purchased online at www.phoenixinternationalraceway.com or by calling the Raceway ticket office at 602-252-2227.
Additional information about the Grand-Am Cup Series including the complete point standings is available online at www.grandamerican.com.