SCC: Virginia International Raceway preview

Grand-Am Cup Travels to Southern Virginia DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 25, 2001) -- The Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series will travel to Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va., to compete in a three-hour endurance race June 29-30, as part of...

Grand-Am Cup Travels to Southern Virginia

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 25, 2001) -- The Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series will travel to Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va., to compete in a three-hour endurance race June 29-30, as part of the Virginia Festival of Speed. Several Virginia and North Carolina residents will be vying for a spot in Victory Lane as they race around the 3.27-mile natural terrain road course.

Highlighting the pack of racers will be Mark Underwood, of Raleigh, N.C., in the ESB Graphics/Makes & Models/Underwood Group-sponsored #67 Porsche Boxster of Speedsource. Underwood had a podium finish last month at Watkins Glen, placing third in the Sport Touring (ST) class. He also placed on the podium at Phoenix in April, finishing second in the ST class.

Also competing this weekend is Chuck Snipes, of Goldsboro, N.C., racing in Snipes Ford Motorsport's #46 Mustang Cobra R. Snipes took second in the Grand Sport (GS) class at this season's Daytona two-hour race in February. Bransen Patch, of Charlotte, N.C., finished second in the ST class in both Homestead-Miami and Watkins Glen, driving Villaconn International's #34 BMW Z3 Coupe.

Also joining the pack will be Howie Liebengood, of Vienna, Va., racing in the Grand Sport Pennzoil/National Campaign to Stop Violence-sponsored #49 BMW M3 of Competition Preparation. Aside from racing, Liebengood also serves as a spokesman for the National Campaign to Stop Violence, having reached more than 5,000 students in the past four years with his program "Racing to Live By the Rules."

Virginian Alex Ratcliff, of Fairfax, will race in RC Import's #85 Mercedes Benz 190E. He recently finished third in the ST class at this year's three-hour race in Phoenix. Jason Piscelli, of Front Royal, Va., will race in the Data Clean Corp/Acura-sponsored #09 Acura Integra R of The Spirit of Miami. The Acura is currently in a three-was tie for third in the ST team standings.

Other racers expected to compete from the Virginia-North Carolina area include Matt Drendel, of Hickory, N.C., Selby Wellman, of Raleigh, Steve Park, of Mooresville, N.C., Todd Snyder, of Roxboro, N.C., Bill Black, of Greensboro, N.C., Don Himes, of Falls Church, Va., Tom Stewart, of Purceville, Va., and Danny Marshall and Cole Scrogham, of Danville, Va.

The racing excitement will get underway at the Virginia International Raceway on Friday with practice sessions. Qualifying for the Grand-Am Cup three-hour Race will be held on Saturday morning, with the race beginning later that day at 5 p.m. Formula USA National Championship Motorcycle Road Racing will also be joining in the road racing excitement. This is the first time the two series have joined together for a weekend of both two- and four-wheel racing action.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets including Tower Records, Hecht's, Peaches, Ukrop's Supermarket, Langley AFB, Farm Fresh, Kroger, Atlantic Music, Barr's Pharmacy and Birdland Music.

More information on the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series and the VIR Grand-Am Three-Hour Race is available online at www.grand-am.com/grandamcup.

-GrandAm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Tom Stewart , Bransen Patch , Danny Marshall , Howie Liebengood , Todd Snyder , Selby Wellman , Chuck Snipes , Cole Scrogham