NARRA: US GT Championship Atlanta preview

Event: Atlanta

Inaugural round of new US GT Championship brings out big names.

Over 40 cars and drivers expected including racing legend Boris Said.

The 2011 season of the new US GT Championship officially begins tomorrow, Friday, February 25, at the famous Road Atlanta circuit, Braselton, GA.

The North American Road Racing Association sanctioned event also includes the opening and inaugural rounds of the new Whelen US TimeTrial Championship and US Performance Driver Education program.

While focused on grassroots and club racers, the new series for GT styled racing cars has drawn some of the biggest names in road racing.

Leading the list is American road racing legend and NASCAR road course specialist Boris Said, former winner of both the Daytona 24 Hour and 12 Hours of Sebring sports car races.

It will be Said's first time behind the wheel of the new Marsh Racing Whelen Engineering Corvette before he partners Eric Curran in Grand-Am series later this year.

Joining Said in a sister Corvette are Grand-Am and World Challenge regulars George and Sonny Whelen.

Canadian Kuno Wittmer, a Dodge factory driver, is also entered. He will be driving two cars during the weekend; one in the US GT Championship and one in the time-trial competition, both fielded by Dodge Motorsports.

Another driver with 'double-duty' this weekend is Atlanta local Reese Cox. Considered a legend in the Corvette tuning community, Cox heads MTI Racing, the Corvette performance and racing specialists. The former World Challenge competitor will be driving a MTI prepared Corvette and Camaro.

Dodge Viper Cup drivers Ben Keating (2nd in 2010 Championship) and Jim Stout (4th in 2010 Championship) are entered too in their Dodge Viper ACR-X cup cars. Interestingly both Keating and Stout are former champions of the Viper Racing League series, the precursor to the new US GT Championship.

Joining them on track will be a variety of GT styled racing cars including Porsches, BMWs and Ferraris, making up a packed field of over 40 cars.

Friday's schedule will see drivers in the USGTC practice and qualify before a 3 hour endurance race takes place at 2pm. A 30 minute sprint race will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:40pm. Sunday features two more 30 minute sprint races, the first at 1pm and the second at 2:45pm.

-source: narra

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Series GT
Drivers Boris Said , Eric Curran , Kuno Wittmer , Sonny Whelen , Jim Stout , Ben Keating
Tags endurance, road atlanta, road racing