GRAND AMERICAN ROAD RACING ASSOCIATION TO FEATURE THREE CATEGORIES OF COMPETITION NEW YORK (Sept. 21, 1999) - The Grand American Road Racing Association, which announced its formation today at a New York City press conference, will feature...
GRAND AMERICAN ROAD RACING ASSOCIATION TO FEATURE THREE CATEGORIES OF COMPETITION
NEW YORK (Sept. 21, 1999) - The Grand American Road Racing Association, which announced its formation today at a New York City press conference, will feature three categories of competition according to sanctioning body officials. The three categories include: SportsRacer, GT, and International Sports Sedan. The SportsRacer and GT categories will be subdivided into various classes, which are based upon performance level and construction methods.
Grand American Road Racing competition will be managed by Dave Watson, who will serve as technical director, and Mark Raffauf, who will serve as race director.
"We have established a competition program and support classes which will build our base of participant opportunities," said Roger Edmondson, president, Grand American Road Racing Association. "Our goal is to create an exciting and understandable racing environment that fans will want to buy tickets to, that promoters can promote, that the media will want to cover and that attracts sponsorships.
"It is the mission of Grand American Road Racing to maintain a stable, attractive level of competition for participants."
SportsRacer, the premier category within the 2000 Grand-Am program, and SportsRacer 11 will be the latest versions of the World Sports Cars introduced in the early 1990's. The rules will include the requirement that all cars and major components be available for purchase within a price cap. While both classes of SportsRacer automobiles share most of their specifications, the SportsRacer II (SR11) machines have a lower price cap, utilize less exotic materials in their construction, and are restricted to six cylinder normally aspirated engines.
Cars manufactured by Cadillac, Ferrari, Riley & Scott, Lola, Reynard and Kudzu and powered by Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Judd and Mazda engines will make up the bulk,of the field of the Grand-Am SportsRacer class.
Grand Touring (GT, GTH) will be primarily based upon production two door coupes. The current fields include Chevrolet Corvettes, Dodge Vipers, and Turbo Porsches in GT. BMWs and normally-aspirated Porsches fill the GTH ranks. Two new cars are expected in GTH in 2000, the new Porsche GT3 and a new model from Ferrari.
American GT is for V-8 powered tube framed racecars using bodies from recent model-year sports coupes, such as Camaros, Firebirds, Daytonas, and Mustangs.
International Sport Sedans will be introduced later this year and will be for tube framed racecars using bodies from four door sedans sold in America. The approved bodies and engines will be matched. In other words, use of an approved Lexus body will require use of an approved Lexus/Toyota engine. Several components, including steering boxes, wheels and tires will be 11spec."
When introduced, International Sport Sedans will initially run with the American GT cars. When numbers of participants have reached an acceptable level, they will separate and hold their own stand-alone events.
"We only get one chance to create a new series," Watson said, "and we need to send the correct message with our first set of rules. Competitors need to know that the rules package allows for fair competition with equipment which is available to all participants and teams. By applying racing common sense to the rules package we can bring stability to the forefront and create a safer environment for team investment."
At the endurance events, all of these classes will run on the track at the same time with points paid in their respective championships. At other events, providing sufficient entries, the Grand American Road Racing Association will divide the categories as follows.
Race Series Length of Events Manufacturers/Engines
Grand Touring 200 Miles (GT): Chevrolet Corvettes, Dodge Vipers and Turbo Porsches. (GTH): BMW, Porsche (normally-aspirated), Porsche GT3 and FerrarL
American GT 125 Miles (American): Camaro, Firebird, Daytona and Mustang. International Sports Sedan: Four6door sedans sold in the U.S.A