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Hyundai Motorsports gears up for Virginia. Alton, Va. (August 28, 2002) - The Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series will make its second appearance of the season at Virginia International Raceway during the VIR 500 on Labor Day weekend. While the ...

Hyundai Motorsports gears up for Virginia.

Alton, Va. (August 28, 2002) - The Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series will make its second appearance of the season at Virginia International Raceway during the VIR 500 on Labor Day weekend. While the teams enjoyed racing on VIR's 2.25-mile North Course in June, most admit the real excitement will come next week during Grand-Am Cup's Twin 250s on the full 3.27-mile road course.

Mark Craig and Jacques Guénette will drive the #6 Hyundai Motorsports/HyundaiTiburon, while Wade Gaughran will team-up with Peter MacLeod in car #14.

"Without a doubt, the high-speed esses are the best," said Hyundai Motorsports' Wade Gaughran. "They are super high speed. You hold your breath every lap. It's really fun when you do it right."

Gaughran and Peter MacLeod captured the third place in the last Mid-Ohio Grand-Am race.

Driver Mark Craig believes that the Sport Touring 250 on Saturday, August 31, will be even more exciting. "All the manufacturers and teams are right there in the hunt - Acura, BMW, Hyundai, Lexus. The cars are ready. The teams are ready. The drivers are ready. There is no way to predict who will win this race. It's going to be exciting."

The Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series is the premier proving ground for many of today's automobile manufacturers. The series features production cars with only minimal racing modifications to enhance safety and performance. Typically, four classes of race cars compete on the track at the same time during the Grand-Am Cup event, with drivers racing for top honors in their specified class, as well as the overall win.

The racing excitement will get underway at Virginia International Raceway on Friday, August 30 with practice sessions. Qualifying for the Grand-Am Cup Twin 250s will be on Saturday, August 31 at 9 a.m. The green flag for the 3-hour race will fall on the Sport Touring 250 at 1:45 p.m.

-hyundaimotorsports.com-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jacques Guénette , Wade Gaughran , Mark Craig
Teams Hyundai Motorsport