Grand-Am Cup Finale at Virginia International Raceway to Feature Twin Six-Hour Events DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 18, 2006) -- In deference to huge car counts at every 2006 race event, officials from the Grand American Road Racing Association ...
Grand-Am Cup Finale at Virginia International Raceway to Feature Twin Six-Hour Events
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 18, 2006) -- In deference to huge car counts at every 2006 race event, officials from the Grand American Road Racing Association announced today that the Grand-Am Cup Series season finale at Virginia International Raceway--originally schedule to be a 12-hour event on October 8--has been changed to two six-hour, split-class races that will decide the Grand Sport (GS) and Street Tuner (ST) championships.
The 2006 Grand-Am Cup season opened with a record 88-car field for the season-opening round at Daytona International Speedway and 83 machines competing in the series' first visit to Virginia International Speedway in April. In last month's Grand-Am Cup 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the combined field was limited to 75 total cars due to track and pit space.
"With as many cars as we've had throughout the Grand-Am Cup season, it only makes sense to split our season finale into two six-hour races, while still delivering the 12 hours of racing that we and our partners at VIR have promised to the fans," said Grand American President Roger Edmondson. "This will ensure that our fans and competitors will get the kind of close and exciting competition befitting of a season finale. We expect an action-packed weekend as our Grand-Am Cup championships are decided at VIR."
The Grand-Am Cup finale for the GS class will be held on Saturday, October 7, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET, while the ST class will decide its championships on the following day, October 8, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET. Ticket information is available at www.virclub.com.
Anders Hainer currently leads the GS driver standings with five top-eight overall finishes in the six events this season in the No. 97 Under Armour/Turner Motorsport BMW M3 he usually shares with Boris Said. Hainer's run includes season-best runner-up finishes at Phoenix International Raceway and Lime Rock Park. Six other drivers are only one point behind Hainer in the standings (141-140), including No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 co-drivers Bill Auberlen and Chris Gleason, No. 81 Wheel Enhancement Porsche 997 co-drivers Brent Martini and Patrick Long, and No. 49 CDOC/Marcus Motorsports Porsche 997 teammates Andy Lally and Spencer Pumpelly.
In the ST class, Eric Curran and Jamie Holtom enjoy a 34-point advantage in the standings (198-164) on the strength of four class victories in six races in the No. 01 Clearscada/GM Performance Division Chevrolet Cobalt. They scored back-to-back wins earlier this season at Virginia International Raceway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and are currently riding a two-race win streak after winning at Lime Rock Park and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, putting distance between themselves and the No. 95 Turner Motorsport BMW 330i co-drivers, Don Salama and Will Turner, who are currently tied for third.
Next up for the Grand-Am Cup Series is Round 7 of the 10-race 2006 Grand-Am Cup Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. on Saturday, July 29. Tickets are now available by calling either (205) 327-RACE or (800) 240-2300 or by visiting www.southtix.com/grandam-tickets.html. SPEED will provide tape delayed coverage of the event beginning at 1 p.m. ET, Saturday, August 5.