Watkins Glen, New York, August 26, 2000 -- Drivers Richard Spenard and Jean-Francois Dumoulin -- of Blainville-based NewTech Motorsports -- drove the team's Porsche 993 to fourth position during the 9th race in the Motorola Cup 2000 season in ...
Watkins Glen, New York, August 26, 2000 -- Drivers Richard Spenard and Jean-Francois Dumoulin -- of Blainville-based NewTech Motorsports -- drove the team's Porsche 993 to fourth position during the 9th race in the Motorola Cup 2000 season in Watkins Glens New York, this afternoon. It was the first time NewTech's revolutionary full contact brake system was tested in an actual race and the results were outstanding.
"We started in pole position and we were definitely aiming for victory, but the race was eventful with, altogether, almost an hour under the yellow flag," said the team's head driver Richard Spenard. "This totally offset our pit-stop strategy. We lost time stopping earlier to refuel, while the other teams using the fuel savings from the slow-downs, were able to skip pit-stops altoghether. This is definitely where we lost the podium. Other than that, I think we ran a fine race and this first competitive experience with the NewTech full contact brakes is highly conclusive. They performed flawlessly."
"We certainly could have won that one if it hadn't been for the flags situation," agrees team-mate Jean-Francois Dumoulin, who drove a good part of the race. "We drove a very fast race, but the competition is also very fast. I think our refuelling strategy was good but it backfired for totally unpredictable reasons. The new brakes are excellent."
NewTech Motorsports, which entered the series in mid-season, has become a favorite, scoring five podiums during the past seven races.
Based in Blainville, Quebec, NewTech Group International (the team's principal sponsor) is a research and development firm currently developing a revolutionary full contact brake system which has stirred significant interest from the major automotive manufacturers and racing teams world-wide.
<pre> Final Standings Pos Drivers Laps Time Car 1 D. Amick/Varde 66 3:02:06,487 Dodge Viper 2 Heinricy/Hayner 66 3:02:09,521 Chevrolet Corvette 3 DeFontes/Borcheller 66 3:02:20,136 Ford Mustang Saleen SR 4 Spenard/ Dumoulin 66 3:02:35,094 NewTech Motorsports Porsche 911T 5 Culver/Fitzgerald 66 3:02:35,971 Chevrolet Corvette