ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (July 7, 2001) -- Powell Motorsports cruised to its fifth-straight victory of the season tonight, winning the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series three-hour race at Road America. Devon Powell, of Port Perry, Ont., started the day...
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (July 7, 2001) -- Powell Motorsports cruised to its fifth-straight victory of the season tonight, winning the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series three-hour race at Road America. Devon Powell, of Port Perry, Ont., started the day by capturing the pole position in qualifying, and Doug Goad, of Farmington Hills, Mich., ended it by taking the checkered flag with a one-lap lead in the Sunoco/Encompass-sponsored #11 Corvette Z06.
Powell quickly established a strong lead after taking the green flag, running out ahead of the second-place Steiner/Majestic-sponsored #15 Porsche TT of Motorsports Technologies by several seconds early in the race. By the midway point, the Corvette had lapped the entire field.
"These races are about speed, but also strategy," said Goad. "We picked up time by diving into the pits as the caution came out. I saw the car off the track, so I knew the caution was coming. I just worked with the crew over the radio."
The #15 Porsche suffered mechanical problems in the second hour of the race, pulling off the track briefly before managing to get back underway. The trouble caused it to drop out of the top-three, but the Porsche battled back to contend in the three-way battle for second-place with the Workscape/Fikse/Dynamic Suspension-sponsored #65 Porsche 911 Supercup of Speedsource and the second Powell Motorsports entry, the #110 Corvette, in the closing laps.
The #110 Corvette dropped back with failing brakes, while the #15 Porsche was able to soar past the #65 Porsche to take second place overall and in the Super Grand Sport (SGS) class for the second-straight weekend.
The Grand Sport (GS) class saw the Mears Motor Coach/Champion Porsche/Fikse/Dynamic Suspension-sponsored #70 Porsche 911 of Speedsource find its way to Victory Lane for the sixth race this season. Speedsource drivers David Haskell, of Plantation, Fla., and Sylvain Tremblay, of Pompano Beach, Fla., spent most of the race on the tail of the APR/Intrax/Equaterra-sponsored #04 Audi S4 of Istook/Aines Motorsports.
The Porsche took the lead when the Audi pitted in the final hour. Only three laps later the Audi and the Sunoco/Denon-sponsored #19 Porsche 993 of Fiorano Racing got into each other as they battled for second place in the class. The Audi appeared to have lost its brakes, causing the two to get into the tire wall and gravel, ending both their bids for a GS-class win. The incident opened up the lead for the #70 Porsche, as it captured the class victory a full lap ahead of the second-place GS car, the Trans Sport #23 BMW M3 of Franz Blam Racing.
Villaconn International earned its first-ever victory in the Sport Touring (ST) class when Bransen Patch, of Charlotte, N.C., and Matt Connolly, of Bethlehem, Pa., piloted the HMS Motorsports #36 BMW Z3 Coupe to Victory Lane. The BMW exchanged the lead several times early in the race with its sister car, the #34 BMW Z3 Coupe. But the #34 BMW was forced to pit with electrical problems, giving the #36 BMW a strong lead.
Though the MAI/www.tirerack.com/Pro-Cam/Redline Oil-sponsored #64 Acura Integra R of King Motorsports threatened the BMW's lead, it was unable to keep pace with the car and finished second in the ST class.
"We began losing fourth gear 30 minutes into the race," explained King Motorsports driver Bob Endicott, of San Pedro, Calif. "By the final hour, it was entirely gone."
The Honda of America Racing Team earned its fourth victory of the season in the Compact 2000 (C2K) class, and also placed a second team on the podium in third place. Bryan Johnson, of Marysville, Ohio, and Pete Halsmer, of Bloomfield, Mich., drove the winning Honda of America/Redline Oil/DC Sports-sponsored #69 Honda Civic Si.
Planet Earth Motorsports took second in the class with their Orison Marketing #41 Acura Integra GSR despite having to pit multiple times late in the race with brake problems.
The Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series will next compete at Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres in Quebec, Canada, August 3-5.