Grand-Am Cup - A Different Kind Of Stock Cars; from Porsches and Corvettes to Acuras, Grand-Am Cup has something for all car lovers. BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (September 12, 2003) -- The Grand-Am Cup Series, running in the Sunoco 94 Mosport 3 Hour at...
Grand-Am Cup - A Different Kind Of Stock Cars; from Porsches and Corvettes to Acuras, Grand-Am Cup has something for all car lovers.
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (September 12, 2003) -- The Grand-Am Cup Series, running in the Sunoco 94 Mosport 3 Hour at Mosport International Raceway this Saturday, is a national championship road racing series for a whole different breed of stock cars. Unlike the familiar NASCAR Winston Cup stock cars, Grand-Am Cup cars really are the same cars you and your neighbors drive every day. These cars from American, European and Japanese manufacturers have been modified to maximize safety and stabilize handling, but for the most part they are straight off the showroom floor.
There are four classes of cars that compete in two divisions with all four classes in one race. From big V8 Corvettes to high-winding four-cylinder Acuras, the racing is fierce and frantic as two and three driver teams try to beat the field in two and a half hour races.
The Grand Sport division showcases high-end sports cars and sedans. The GS I class is typically a race among Chevrolet Corvettes and race-modified Porsche 911s. On occasion these horsepower kings are joined by Ford Mustangs out of the Saleen race shop in California.
The GS II class has a wide variety of cars with no less than six brands going head to head for bragging rights. Porsche 911s enter the fray against other imports like the BMW M3 and Audi S4 in the class designed for popular sports and muscle cars. Leading the charge of American iron are several Mustang Cobra Rs and Pontiac Firebirds. The new Nissan 350Z has been a new addition to the field and has shaken up the status quo as it sets its sights on the front of the pack.
Enthusiasts of the latest sports and compact coupes are sure to enjoy the racing in the Sport Touring division. The ST I class provides another diversified mix of cars. For BMW fans, four different models run in the class, including the 330i and 328 as well as Z3 coupes and new Z4 roadsters. Facing off against the Bimmers is Team Lexus with its fleet of IS300s. Add in other top imports like the Toyota Supra, Porsche Boxster, Audi A4, Nissan Sentra, Acura Integra R and Acura RSX-S and you've got an international field that sees new winners almost every week.
A new fan favorite in the ST I class is the recently released Mini Cooper S. The resurrection of the Mini has it turning heads in the United States and worldwide. The hip new compact has been adopted by a few Grand-Am Cup teams and one or more of these cars is on track at every race.
The ST II class is the most tightly controlled class in Grand-Am Cup and gives racegoers a look at what a truly street stock car can do on a racetrack. Acura Integra LS entries dominate the field as they run against teams fielding Mazda Protégés and Chevy Cavaliers for top honors in the entry-level class.
With such a wide variety of production cars in the Grand-Am Cup Series, fans at Sunoco 94 Mosport 3 Hour at Mosport International Raceway on Saturday at 3 p.m. are sure to see something on track to raise the pulse of every car lover.
For more information on the Grand-Am Cup Series, visit www.grandamerican.com.