Craig Stanton To Do Porsche Double at Virginia Looking to Regain GAC Point Lead ALTON, Vir., September 30, 2004 -- Virginia International Raceway (VIR) will be the site of Craig Stanton's fifth Grand American Road Racing Association ...
Craig Stanton To Do Porsche Double at Virginia
Looking to Regain GAC Point Lead
ALTON, Vir., September 30, 2004 -- Virginia International Raceway (VIR) will be the site of Craig Stanton's fifth Grand American Road Racing Association double-header of the season. The Porsche-expert is looking to add to his 2004 Grand American winning tally with victories in Saturday and Sunday's races at the southern Virginia 3.27-mile, 17-turn race course. The Long Beach, Calif-resident will make his Rolex Series return debuting with G&W Motorsports in SGS class in Sunday's Rolex Series VIR 400 presented by SunTrust. He will also continue his pursuit of the Grand-Am Cup GS class championship with TheRaceSite.com Porsche in Saturday's Grand-Am Cup 250. Stanton, who won the SGS-class in the first-round at Homestead-Miami Speedway in February in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, will co-drive the VIR-based No. 86 G&W Porsche GT3 with Mae Van Wijk (Kingwood, Tex.) in the 400-km/ two hour and 45-minute Rolex Series race.
In Grand-Am Cup, Stanton has won four races this season with the TheRaceSite.com Porsche 996. He will return with co-driver David Murry, Cumming, Ga., in the No. 43 Porsche this weekend. Stanton, who led the GS class points until the most recent race, is now second, 10 points behind former teammate Terry Borcheller. The duo combined to win the first three races of the season. Stanton was then joined by Murry and one race later the two won Stanton's fourth overall victory of the season. Stanton lost the driver championship point lead after a mechanical failure dropped him out of the Miami event early. He also missed one event due to other commitments which allowed Borcheller to close and then surpass the popular Californian.
The Rolex Series VIR 400 presented by SunTrust can be seen live on Sunday starting at noon (ET) on SPEED. The Grand-Am Cup 250 will be shown on a tape-delay basis at noon, Oct. 17th also on SPEED. Zippo Live Timing and Scoring of both events can be found at www.grandamerican.com .
about joining G&W Motorsports at VIR: "I'm looking forward to this weekend. It is very, very exciting to be joining G&W at their home track. When they asked me to run the [No.] 86 Porsche with Mae it didn't take me long to say 'yes'. The team does a lot of testing here and Mae has many, many miles around the VIR course. We have a lot of work in front of us but Mae and I both know this Porsche well and G&W is always a top contender. I think this combination is a great one. I have never raced VIR before but I have tested here so I feel good about it. This is a great track and I'm really looking forward to getting back into the Rolex Series in a Porsche. The series and this class are so competitive that every lap is important. You really have to be on your game every turn."
about the Grand-Am Cup 250: "Miami was a big disappointment for David and me. We had a water hose come loose and there is only so long any engine, even a Porsche, can run in that heat with no water. Until then we had a race-winning car. David and I will be in the No. 43 this weekend and we can win this race. Between missing the Mid-Ohio race and the Miami mechanical, I have some ground to make up on Terry in the points. But, I am confident that we can do it in the next three races. We have some good Porsche tracks coming-up and a Grand-Am Cup championship would mean a lot to me. This is a going to be a great battle for all of us and the fans are going to get a terrific show for the rest of the season."
For more on Craig Stanton please visit www.craigstanton.com. Log-on to www.gandwmotorsports.com to learn more about G&W Motorsports. For additional information on TheRaceSite.com Racing team, please visit www.theracesiteracing.com.