CENTENNIAL, Colo. (December 14, 2001) -- The 2001 SCCA Pro Racing Speedvision World Challenge GT and Touring Car Championships were the 11-year series' richest to date, with $977,100 in purse, contingency and point fund paid out for the 10-race ...
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (December 14, 2001) -- The 2001 SCCA Pro Racing Speedvision World Challenge GT and Touring Car Championships were the 11-year series' richest to date, with $977,100 in purse, contingency and point fund paid out for the 10-race seasons.
For the first time ever, the $100,000 mark was eclipsed by a driver in World Challenge competition. Both Speedvision GT Champion Michael Galati and Runner-Up Peter Cunningham topped the mark, earning $132,200 and $107,600, respectively. Galati earned a total of $48,000 in purse, which included four wins, was eligible for $31,000 in Audi contingency, $3,200 in Superchips Qualifying bonuses and other awards and a cool $50,000 for taking the Championship--his fourth World Challenge title in six years.
Cunningham earned a series-record $50,700 in purse off the strength of his season-high five wins, captured $33,000 in Acura contingency, $6,900 in Superchips Qualifying bonuses and other awards and $17,000 in points fund cash. The total Speedvision GT payout reached $513,700 for the season.
For the second-consecutive year, Speedvision Touring Car driver Pierre Kleinubing earned over $80,000 en route to the season Championship. Kleinubing captured $28,275 in purse, $29,000 in Acura contingency money, $5,400 in Superchips Qualifying bonuses and other awards and $20,000 for his third title in five seasons. In all, the 2001 Speedvision Touring Car Championship paid out $463,400.
"We're pleased the 2001 season paid so well for our Speedvision World Challenge participants, and hope to build on that heading into 2002," said Mitch Wright, Vice President and General Manager of SCCA Pro Racing. "We owe this successful season to our major sponsors--Speedvision, Toyo Tires, Superchips, Borla, Elf, Rogaine--as well as our cash-paying manufacturers who contributed to over $200,000 to our participants, including Acura, Audi, BMW, Honda and Mazda."
BMW boasted the largest contingency contribution, with $88,000 being paid to both Touring Car and GT competitors. Acura was second, with $70,000; followed by Audi, with $36,000; Mazda, with $12,000; and Honda, with $10,000. Toyota and Saleen also participated in the cash contingency program in 2001.