Craig Stanton On Fire in Phoenix, Wins Third Grand-Am Cup PHOENIX, Ariz., April 9, 2004 - Craig Stanton won his third-straight Grand-Am Cup Grand Sport (GS) race tonight here at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). The victory makes a perfect...
Craig Stanton On Fire in Phoenix, Wins Third Grand-Am Cup
PHOENIX, Ariz., April 9, 2004 - Craig Stanton won his third-straight Grand-Am Cup Grand Sport (GS) race tonight here at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). The victory makes a perfect trio of top-spots in the series this season. The Long Beach, California resident qualified the No. 44 TheRaceSite.com Porsche 996 second on the grid for tonight's Phoenix Twin 200 race and then drove a smart race pressuring the leading Nissan 350Z throughout the race's early stages. The pressure paid-off as Stanton took the lead shortly before the half-way point of the race. He handed the Nonnamaker family-owned Porsche over to co-driver Terry Borcheller (Gainesville, Ga.) two laps later. Borcheller held on to the lead bringing the duo their third race victory together. Stanton has enjoyed a strong 2004 season in Grand American-sanctioned events with four class wins, a pole position and two hard-charger awards.
Stanton starts on the pole position for tomorrow's Food City 250 Grand American Rolex Series event in the No. 16 AASCO Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. He will co-drive with David Murry in an attempt to win back-to-back SGS class victories and a sweep of the Food City 250 race weekend.
The GS-class race of the Grand-Am Cup Series will be shown at 6 pm (ET) on April 18 on SPEED. The Food City 250 Rolex Series race will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel at 9 pm (ET), Saturday April 10. The Food City 250 can be followed online at www.grandamerican.com.
Craig Stanton: ""It starts back with the Nonnamakers. This is a really seasoned team. They are very focused in this arena. The one-stop pit strategy worked great for us. I think we stretched the fuel load about as far as we could. In my stint, I wanted to put the car in the best position I could for Terry so I was pushing the Nissan pretty hard while trying to preserve our car. The Nissan was better on the banking but I could keep the pressure on him. I wanted to burn him down and I guess we did. Terry took over and put in a great stint and brought it home. It's pretty unbelievable how this whole team rallied. Three in a row! That's pretty cool! I'm really, really pleased for this whole effort."
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 and has class wins in both the Grand-Am and ALMS. 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. For more on AASCO Motorsports' Rolex Series effort, please visit www.aascomotorsports.com.