RACE: 12 Hours at the Point race notes

OG Racing/Performance Engineering Porsche repeats at 12 Hours at the Point 01June2003: The OG Racing/Performance Engineering Porsche of Harrison/Whisker/Coleman bested a fifty-one car field to take the victory in the wet and stormy 5th Annual ...

OG Racing/Performance Engineering Porsche repeats at 12 Hours at the Point

01June2003: The OG Racing/Performance Engineering Porsche of Harrison/Whisker/Coleman bested a fifty-one car field to take the victory in the wet and stormy 5th Annual Kumho Tires 12 Hours at the Point. Unlike their victory in the 2002 Kumho Tires 12 Hours at the Point, the OG Racing/Performance Engineering Porsche did not lead from green to checker. The team lead the field until shortly before the end of the second hour when the MotorsportAuto/Radial Tire Datsun of Legg/Lucas/Jeter slipped into the lead. The change in position was short-lived and shortly after 2PM, the Porsche regained a lead it would not relinquish at any of the hour marks.

The race was marred by extremely heavy rain that hit shortly before 3PM and did not let up until nearly 5PM. For more than an hour, the field raced in conditions that resembled the inside of a shower. Near the 5 hour mark, the race was stopped due to lightning strikes in the area. Cars did not return to the track for nearly 60 minutes.

Unlike previous 12 Hours at the Points, several full-course cautions were required to clear accidents and numerous drivers were black-flagged for passing under the yellow. "The race is getting more prestigious and drivers are taking greater risks and doing some things that are less than well thought out," said one event official.

Rounding out the top 5 are the American Engineering and Testing Miata of Tier/Foote/Miskoe; the MotorsportAuto/Radial Tire Datsun; the RC Imports Mercedes of Ellinger/Ellinger/Skees; and the Kroger Supermarkets/Pegasus Motorcars Miata of O'Brien/Espenlave/Foss.

Detailed reviews of the race will be released as soon as we recover.

-dc region-

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