DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Nov. 2, 2001) -- A late-race mechanical problem opened the door for the No. 65 SpeedSource Porsche 911 driven by Selby Wellman and David Haskell to capture the overall victory in Friday's Grand-Am Cup four-hour season finale ...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Nov. 2, 2001) -- A late-race mechanical problem opened the door for the No. 65 SpeedSource Porsche 911 driven by Selby Wellman and David Haskell to capture the overall victory in Friday's Grand-Am Cup four-hour season finale endurance race.
The No. 11 Powell Motorsports Corvette Z06, driven by Devon Powell and Doug Goad, led most of the race but dropped out of the event near the finish with a timing chain problem.
After completing Lap 99, the Corvette broke down in Turn 5. Haskell was behind the wheel in the second place, about a lap and a half behind the broken down Corvette. All Haskell had to do was bring the car home to victory.
"It's unbelievable," said Haskell, who resides from Plantation, Fla.
"It's like a dream come true. I've never been to Victory Lane at Daytona. They told me on the radio that the 11 car was parked in Turn 5 and I couldn't see it anywhere.
"Once I went by the scoring monitor they said I was in the lead. We came in for a little splash and go to just make sure we had enough fuel and kept it on the track."
Like Haskell, it was Wellman first trip to Victory Lane at Daytona.
"It's hard to describe," said Wellman, who hails from Cary, N.C. "It's just a tremendous feeling."
Despite the mechanical failure, Powell Motorsports still takes the Super Grand Sport season championship.
"Our emotions are very up," Goad said. "It was a good race, a tough race. Our car was running really well. We lost third gear. It's been a great weekend and season for Powell Motorsports."
Finishing second overall and taking first place honors in the Grand Sport class was the No. 53 D.M.A. Racing Mustang Cobra R of Emil Assentato and Nick Longhi. In third-place overall was the No. 115 RDR Motorsports Porsche 993.
Rounding out the winners in class in Friday's Grand-Am Cup season finale were the No. 149 Competition Preparation BMW328 driven by Tony Kester and Peter Baron in the Sport Touring class and Will and Wayne Nonnamaker in the No. 41 Planet Earth Motorsports Acura Integra GSR in the Compact 2000 class.
Racing action continues on Saturday at the Speedway with Historic Sportscar Racing and the Rolex Sports Car Series season finale. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.
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|Drivers||Nick Longhi , Devon Powell , Doug Goad , David Haskell , Peter Baron|