SEBRING, Fla. (March 18, 2000) - David Amick and Joe Verde picked up a win for the kids, taking the second round of the Motorola Cup Street Stock Championship at Sebring International Raceway Sunday. The Amick Racing Dodge Viper's Motorola Cup...
SEBRING, Fla. (March 18, 2000) - David Amick and Joe Verde picked up a win for the kids, taking the second round of the Motorola Cup Street Stock Championship at Sebring International Raceway Sunday.
The Amick Racing Dodge Viper's Motorola Cup season Is now benefiting the Grant-A-Wish Foundation of Baltimore, and joining Varde and Amick In the winner's circle were several young cancer patients from an Orlando hospital.
"I knew Joe would build us a winning Dodge Viper very quick, but to win in our second race, and especially to win with all our guests around from Grant-A-Wish, is especially gratifying," said Amick, Batesburg, S.C.
Varde, a former Tampa resident now living in Charlotte, was thrilled to win at his "home" track. "David drove the first part of the race and gave me a great car when it was time to go do my job," he said,
Amick and Varde completed 65 laps of the 3.7-mile circuit and averaged 79.169 miles per hour, winning by 20 seconds.
The Sebring race featured a 62-car fled, largest In Motorola Cup history. There were firsttime winners In all four classes.
Torontonians Mike McCalmont and Alan Wortzman, aided by Darren Law of Phoenix, icked up the Grand Sports class win in the Florano Racing Porsche 933 "Mike and I met Darren In Phoenix when he was our Instructor at the Bondurant Driving School," said Wortzman. "It was a good decision to hire him to drive with Lis and coach us In the Motorola Cup series."
Dino Steiner of Deland, Fla., and Ian James of Kissimmee, drove their BMW 325 to Its first win in the SportTouring win-, while veteran Peter Halsmer, Bloomfield, Mich., and Bryan Johnson, Marysville, Oh., won the C2K class with the HART Honda Civic St.
"it was our tactics that won for us," said Steiner- "When it started to rain, many of the teams pitted for rain tires. We felt the rain would quIckly go away and that the tires we already had on would be our advantage- That one less pit stop worked very well for us."
"Peter really did a fine job for us," noted Johnson, part of a team of young engineers at Honda of America's manufacturing and assembly facilities In central Ohio, engineers who prepare their racing Hondas in their spare time. "I saw him do some things In the car at the start of the race that nobody else could do."
Close to $60,000 In prize money was paid out by the series for the single race, not including sponsor and manufacturer contingencies.
The next Motorola Cup race will be April 22 at Phoenix International Raceway.