The 2002 Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series consists of ten race weekends.
The championship kicks off in January with the first of two visits to Daytona International Speedway.
Seven weeks later, the teams travel to the West Coast, making stops and California Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway.
Then it is back to the East Coast for a race at Watkins Glen International.
Watkins Glen was followed by events at Virginia International Raceway, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and,
then back to Virginia on the Labour Day weekend.
Next on the schedule is a visit to Canada for rounds at Le Circuit Mont Tremblant and Mosport International Raceway.
The finale takes place at Daytona in early November.
Most races are 3-hours in length and scheduled as a support event for the Rolex Sports Car series. Mosport was the only weekend when the Grand-Am Cup series competed without the Rolex championship.
The cars racing in the series are relatively unchanged from their road-going versions – modifications are mandated mainly for safety – roll cages, window nets, etc. They also used spec DOT-approved tires produced by Hoosier. Based on performance potential, the cars are divided into one of four groups:
With the exception of Phoenix, Watkins Glen and the second round at Virginia, the four classes compete together.
Round four of the 2002 Grand-Am Cup season was held at Watkins Glen International. Street Tuner competitors would race around the eleven-turn 3.337-mile road course for three-hours during the Sports Car at the Glen Weekend.
|The start of round four at Watkins Glen International for the Grand Am Cup Street Tuner competitors. Leading the field into turn one is the pole-sitter, Jim Hamblin, in the No. 72 Team Spartanburg BMW Z3. Challenging Hamblin is the other front row starter, Beau Buisson, driving the Villaconn International BMW Z3. Also in the mix are the King Motorsports Acura Integra Type R and a similar model from the Power Racing Team.|
|Sharing the No. 34 Villaconn International BMW Z3 in the Street Tuner I class were Beau Buisson and Ken Dobson. Buisson handled the qualifying and started the Twin 250 in the second position. As the contest came to an end, Dobson passed the second place Team Lexus IS300 and followed his teammate to a runner-up result. However, the winner was disqualified and Buisson and Dobson were awarded the victory.|
|Bill Fenton Motorsports led the Street Tuner II category entering round four at Watkins Glen. Drivers, Bob Beede and team principal, Bill Fenton, shared the No. 27 Acura Integra LS. Their season included two victories. Fenton qualified on the class pole, he and Beede battled with the No. 41 HPRworld.com Acura of the Nonnamaker brothers, Wayne and Will. The Fenton team prevailed and captured the win.|
|Finishing second overall and in the Street Tuner I category were the defending race winners, Bob Endicott and Mike van Sicklen. The duo shared the No. 64 King Motorsports Acura Integra Type R and started the race in third place. In the closing stages of the event, they caught and passed the No. 0 Lexus IS300 for a third-place finish. The winning car failed post-race inspection and the pair inherited the runner-up spot.|
|The Street Tuner I podium for the Twin 250 at Watkins Glen International. In the center, before their disqualification, are Villaconn International’s Brandon Patch and Don Salama. Standing on the rostrum’s right side are Ken Dobson and Beau Buisson, who would be declared the winners after the post-race technical inspection. Also, moving up a spot in the finishing order would be Bob Endicott and Mike van Sicklen.|
|HPRwould.com entered three Acura Integra LS in the Street Tuner II category. The quickest of the bunch was the No. 41 Acura shared by the brothers, Wayne and Will Nonnamaker. Wayne clocked the second-fastest time during the qualifying session. In the race, the Nonnamakers chased the class-leading Bill Fenton Motorsport Acura but fell out of contention during the final rounds of pit-stops and finished in second-place.|
|Team Lexus entered three Lexus IS300 in the Street Tuner I category. Sharing the No. 0 IS300 was Jean-Francois Dumoulin and Charles Goldsborough. The car was running second during the final thirty-minutes of the contest when a brake issue required an emergency pit-stop; the duo finished fourth. As luck would have it, the winner was disqualified and the pair earned the final position on the class podium.|
|Sharing the No. 36 Villaconn International BMW Z3 were Bransen Patch and Don Salama. They ran with the leaders during the event and were the first team to cross the finish line at the conclusion of the Twin 250. Unfortunately, the post-race technical inspection of the BMW uncovered a fuel tank irregularity. The capacity exceeded specifications and Patch and Salama were disqualified.|
|Finishing eighteenth overall and third in the Street Tuner II class were Andrew Kopperl, Scooter Gabel and Carlos De Quesada. The trio shared the No. 5 DTM Engineering prepared Mazda Miata. They started twenty-fifth overall and third in their category. They were a lap behind the class leaders at the checkered flag but managed to capture the final position on the class podium.|
|The Street Tuner II podium for the Twin 250 at Watkins Glen International. In the center are the winners, who increased their championship points lead, Bill Fenton and Bob Beede. On the right side of the rostrum are the runner-ups from HPRworld.com, Wayne and Will Nonnamaker. Occupying the final position on the podium are the third-place finishers, Andrew Kopperl and Carlos De Quesada.|
|1||ST I||Buisson / Dobson||BMW Z3||Villaconn International||74|
|2||ST I||Van Sicklen / Endicott||Acura Integra R||King Motorsports||74|
|3||ST I||Dumoulin / Goldsborough||Lexus IS300||Team Lexus||74|
|4||ST I||Craig / Gorriaran||Hyundai Tiburon||Hyundai Motorsports||73|
|5||ST I||Hamblin / Pfeffer||BMW Z3||Team Spartanburg Racing||73|
|6||ST I||James / Dror, Jr||Lexus IS300||Team Lexus||73|
|7||ST I||Heffron / Connolly||BMW Z3||Villaconn International||73|
|8||ST I||Lally / Gaffney||Lexus IS300||Team Lexus||73|
|9||ST I||Adams / Gilsinger||Acura RSX||Honda of America Racing Team||72|
|10||ST I||Moorcones / Himes||Acura Integra R||Craftsman Motorsports||72|
|11||ST I||Fitzgerald / Schuitemaker||Acura Integra R||HRPworld.com||72|
|12||ST I||Winokur / Haskell||Porsche Boxster||SpeedSource||72|
|13||ST II||Fenton / Beede||Acura Integra LS||Bill Fenton Motorsports||71|
|14||ST II||Nonnamaker / Nonnamaker||Acura Integra LS||HRPworld.com||71|
|15||ST I||Genoa / Tetreault / Hughes||BMW Z3||Team Spartanburg Racing||71|
|16||ST I||Linville / Colletti||Acura Integra R||Colletti Motorsports||70|
|17||ST II||Kopperl / Gabel / De Quesada||Mazda Miata||DTM Engineering||70|
|18||ST II||Gabel / Lowman||Mazda Miata||DTM Engineering||70|
|19||ST I||Schmitt / Halsmer||Acura RSX||Honda of America Racing Team||69|
|20||ST II||Velcio / Nuzzo||Acura Integra LS||HRPworld.com||68|
|21||ST I||Linder / Skavnes||Acura Integra R||Power Racing Team||67|
|22||ST II||Turner / Royce||Ford Focus||Team Ford Focus Racing||67|
|23||ST I||Ellinger / Ellinger / Matz||Mercedes 190E||RC Imports||66|
|24||ST II||Ablondi / Lisa||Mazda Protege||ICY / SL Motorsports||66|
|25||ST I||Chenoweth / Spangler||BMW 328i||CSL Racing||62|
|26||ST I||Schlesinger / France||Porsche Boxster||SpeedSource||60|
|27||ST II||Luffy / Baglier||Mazda Protege||Baglieracing||49|
|28||ST I||Danaher / Legg||Audi A4||LM Racing||42|
|29||ST I||Wolfkill / Piscelli||Lexus IS300||Team Lexus||40|
|30||ST I||Pawley / Van Cleef||Toyota Supra||J Pauley Motorsports||34|
|31||ST II||Martin / Harrell||Ford Focus||Team Ford Focus Racing||28|
|32||ST I||Del Vecchio / Potter||Acura Integra R||Colletti Motorsports||26|
|33||ST I||Keravich / BJ Zacharias||Acura Integra R||Power Racing Team||23|
|34||ST I||Gaughran / Macleod||Hyundai Tiburon||Hyundai Motorsports||4|
|35||ST II||Del Vecchio / Pate / Shanaman||Acura Integra LS||HRPworld.com||2|
|DNS||ST II||Daniels / Payson||Mazda Miata||RCP Motorsports||-|
|DQ||ST I||Patch / Salama||BMW Z3||Villaconn International||74|
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