TURNER MOTORSPORT TIES NAYKID RACING FOR LAS VEGAS PRESENTATION AWARD, WINS SEASON PRIZE: Turner Motorsport and NayKid Racing tied for the Grand Prix of Las Vegas Presentation Award, giving Turner the season-long Speedvision Presentation Award and...
TURNER MOTORSPORT TIES NAYKID RACING FOR LAS VEGAS PRESENTATION AWARD, WINS SEASON PRIZE: Turner Motorsport and NayKid Racing tied for the Grand Prix of Las Vegas Presentation Award, giving Turner the season-long Speedvision Presentation Award and a $10,000 cash prize.
Turner (No. 92-94 Speedvision Touring Cars) and NayKid Racing (No. 97 Speedvision GT Car) waged an all-out presentation battle all weekend with Halloween themes. Between pumpkin carving contests, wicked witches and car groups, the two teams created a buzz among fans about the Speedvision World Challenge. Normally, the Speedvision Presentation Award is awarded to one team each weekend, but judges felt it only fair to award a co-winner in this situation.
The win, and the three points which go with it, give Turner Motorsport 15 points for the season -- four ahead of Champion Racing, who tied Hikari Racing and Team Tech Racing for third at Las Vegas -- an insurmountable difference with only one race remaining.
Heading into the final race this weekend at San Diego, the standings are:
Turner Motorsport, 15
Champion Racing, 11
Hikari Racing, 10
NayKid Racing, 9
RealTime Racing, 7
Grand Sport Racing, 3
Pirate Racing, 1
Team Tech Racing, 1
TOP DRIVERS TO MAKE SPEEDVISION GT SEASON DEBUT AT SAN DIEGO: Several top drivers will make their first Speedvision GT appearance of the season at this weekend's Grand Prix of San Diego finale, including three-time World Challenge Champion Neil Hannemann, BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series race-winner Leighton Reese and open-wheel racing standout Andy Lally. Hannemann, the 1992 Class D, 1994 Touring Car and 1995 Touring Champion, will drive the No. 77 Viper Speed Dodge Viper GTS. Hannemann drove with Viper Speed in the team's first season, recording five podium finishes in seven 1998 races. Hannemann has not driven in the Speedvision World Challenge since the Pikes Peak finale in 1998.
Reese will debut the No. 66 NayKid Racing/DRM C500R Chevrolet Corvette C5 -- the latest creation from Doug Rippie Motorsports and team car to Scotty B. White. The car will carry a similar livery to White's car, with screaming neon yellow replacing the screaming neon green.
"We're preparing for 2001, and we'd hoped to have the car ready for Laguna Seca to get the final three races in this year, but ran into some delays," said Rippie. "Leighton [Reese] let us know that he'd like to drive the car, and we figured he'd be a great guy to do it. It's a one-race deal with Leighton, but we do plan on running the car all year in 2001."
Reese will shake the car down at Bragg Smith Driving School outside of Las Vegas on Thursday.
While the race will only be Reese's fourth in a Speedvision World Challenge car, he is not eligible for Rookie status due to a win in his last World
Challenge foray, at Mosport Park in 1991.
Lally will make his Speedvision World Challenge debut in the No. 08 Grand Sport Racing/Haulmark Race Trailers Chevrolet Corvette C5. A multi-race winner in the Motorola Cup, Lally is considered one of the top young open-wheel drivers in North America, winning the Valvoline Team USA Scholarship in 1999 and a ride in the Formula Palmer Audi Winter Series in England.
The 1997 U.S. F2000 National Championship Rookie of the Year, Lally has enjoyed success in each series which he has participated, including the Barber Dodge Pro Series, American Cities Racing League and the CART Toyota Atlantic Series.
"This is exciting, because Speedvision World Challenge has got a really awesome thing going right now," said Lally, 24, who helped BMW to the series ' Championship. "I really enjoy street races, and have done well on them this season. I'm happy Grand Sports Racing have given me this opportunity, and hope we can get up to the front."