The Motorola Cup is a North American Street Stock Championship sanctioned by Professional Sports Car Racing and ASN Canada FIA.

The series, which showcases drivers and manufacturers' vehicles, is televised across North America on Speedvision, CTV Sportsnet and RDS.

The 1999 edition of the Motorola Cup consists of twelve events:

  • Sebring International Raceway
  • Road Atlanta
  • Back to back rounds at Mosport International Raceway
  • Double-headers at Toronto’s Exhibition Place and Trois-Rivieres
  • Road Atlanta
  • Watkins Glen International
  • Sebring International Raceway
  • Daytona International Speedway

With a few exceptions, the races were mainly 3-hours in length. The cars are relatively unchanged from their road-going versions – modifications are mandated primarily 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 four groups:

  • Grand Sport (GS): This category is reserved for the fastest cars and includes the Pontiac Firebird, BMW M3, Acura NSX, Ford Mustang Cobra R, Porsche 993 and Toyota Supra Turbo.
  • Sport Class – (S): Popular vehicles found in this group are the BMW Z3 Coupe, Acura Integra Type R, BMW 328, Lexus GS 400, Audi S6 and Eagle Talon.
  • Touring Class – (T): Cars include the Acura Integra, Mazda 626, Mazda MX-6, Audi A4 and Honda Prelude.
  • Compact - (C): At the bottom end of the performance range are vehicles such as the Honda Civic Si, Acura Integra GSR, Hyundai Tiburon and Mazda Miata.

Close competitive racing with cars that fans could relate to contributed to the popularity of the series. It also provided an environment for automotive manufacturers to test and showcase their products.

To encourage participation and competition, the prize money was distributed based on class size – more cars competing in a class meant that more money was allocated to that group. The series prize fund was also bolstered by a Contingency Awards Program.

Round eight of the 1999 Motorola Cup series was held during Watkins Glen International’s Octoberfest weekend. As usual, teams would compete in a three-hour contest around the eleven-turn 3.337-mile road course.

With just two races remaining in the season, titles were still on the line for the Driver and Manufacturers championship in all four classes.

The last round at Road Atlanta was won by Two Friends Racing team principals, Gary Smith and John Kohler. At Watkins Glen International, the victory went to their teammates, Mark Ackley and Todd Snyder in the No. 17 Zippo-sponsored Ford Mustang Cobra R. Ackley drove the first stint, which included a spin and handed the car over to Snyder in ninth-place. He moved the Mustang into contention and finished first.
Team Spartanburg Racing driver, Andy Lally, was joined by Howie Liebengood at Watkins Glen International. Lally trailed the Sport class leaders, John Bourassa and Lance Stewart, by five markers. The No. 72 BMW Z3 Coupe started twenty-third overall and fourth in class. The pair moved to the front of their category and claimed the victory by a one-lap margin. The result moved Lally into a tie for the points lead.
Bob Endicott and Peter Schwartzott earned their second consecutive Touring category victory at Watkins Glen International’s Octoberfest weekend. They qualified on the class pole in the No. 71 BBS sponsored Acura Integra Type R and started in the twenty-sixth position. The duo moved into the lead early and finished one lap ahead of the second-place Starita / Wymore Mazda MX-6.
Despite this incident at the ‘Outer Loop’ during the opening practice session, the No. 27 Bill Fenton Motorsports Honda Del Sol would capture the Compact class honours. Bob Beede and the team owner Bill Fenton crossed the finish line second in their category after three hours of racing. However, the race-winning Mazda Miata was too light and disqualified, giving Beede and Fenton the victory.
Grand Sport competitors Michael Culver and Jeff McMillin delivered their best result of the season. They started third overall in the Franz Blam Racing prepared BMW M3 but shared the lead many times during the contest. After making a cautionary stop for fuel in the final hour, they chased down the race leading No. 17 Ford Mustang Cobra R. Culver closed the gap to within 0.289-seconds at the finish for a runner-up result.
Team Lexus entered two Lexus GS400. The lead car was shared by Chuck Goldsborough and Marc Bunting; unfortunately, they retired after only twenty laps with a brake issue. Bunting also shared the second Lexus with Chris Gleason. Although the duo started at the back of the grid, they fared much better. Gleason and Bunting advanced thirty-five positions to finish second in the Sport category.
Rick Starita and John Wymore could attribute their success during the 1999 Motorola Cup season to consistency. In the seven previous rounds the pair had five Touring podium results, of which two were runner-up finishes. At Watkins Glen International, they started fifth in class, but while the faster cars encountered problems, they continued to circulate and collected another second-place finish.
Prior to Watkins Glen, Mark Craig and Jocelyn Hebert were paired for four events. Their record included two Compact victories in the No. 6 Hyundai Canada Hyundai Tiburon. The Tiburon qualified forty-third overall and seventh in their division. An excellent strategy and solid driving allowed them to finish in the runner-up spot after the No. 91 Lobo Racing Mazda Miata was disqualified.
The No. 0 Ford Mustang Cobra SVT of Scott Maxwell qualified on the pole. But the car also driven by Greg Wilkins fell out of contention quickly and retired. Multimatic Motorsports hopes rested with the No. 7 entry shared by David Lacey and Jay Malowney. Throughout the race, the pair remained on the lead lap and captured the final position of the Grand Sport rostrum.
Despite a miserable race, the Sport point’s leaders from Team Hurricane, John Bourassa and Lance Stewart, were able to salvage a third-place finish in class. The No. 10 Acura Integra Type R started second in their category. However, Bourassa spun the Acura exiting the ‘Chute’ early in the event, which resulted in a full-course caution period. They lost a lap but fought back to capture the last spot on the podium.
Showroom stock endurance veterans Terry Earwood and Gary Blackman shared the No. 59 Ti Racing Honda Prelude. Round eight at Watkins Glen would be the first event of the Motorola Cup season for both drivers. Earwood started sixth in Touring and maintained the pace of the leaders. Blackman was in fourth when the second-place Mazda stopped on the final lap allowing the pair to inherit the final spot on the podium.
After their teammates, John Phillips III and Peter Tonelli, were disqualified Matt Whitaker and Mike Speck collected the final position of the Compact class rostrum driving the No. 92 Lobo Racing Mazda Miata. This would be Whitaker’s first and Speck’s third visit to the podium during the 1999 Motorola Cup season.

116GSSnyder / AckleyFord Mustang Cobra R71-
23GSCulver / McMillinBMW M371-
34GSLacey / MalowneyFord Mustang Cobra SVT71-
48GSMiller / HaynerPontiac Firebird71-
514GSKahn / BenderPontiac Firebird71-
622GSWeinberg / HaynerPontiac Firebird71-
77GSPowell / GoadPontiac Firebird71-
82GSBorcheller / LapcevichFord Mustang Cobra R71-
923STLally / LiebengoodBMW Z3 Coupe71-
106GSTonelli / ConwayPontiac Firebird71-
1110GSKohler / SmithFord Mustang Cobra R70-
1211GSCamp / GilbertFord Mustang Cobra R70-
1348SBunting / GleasonLexus GS40070-
1420SBourassa / StewartAcura Integra Type R70-
1521SMurry / Van SicklenAcura Integra Type R70-
1626TSchwartzott / EndicottAcura Integra Type R70-
1730GSLancaster / ThompsonPontiac Firebird69-
1832TStarita / WymoreMazda MX-669-
1933TEarwood / BlackmanHonda Prelude69-
2031TSilva / ChaboudtAcura Integra Type R69-
2140CFenton / BeedeHonda Del Sol69-
2243CCraig / HebertHyundai Tiburon69-
2328TShanaman / ShanamanMazda MX-669-
2439CSpeck / WhitakerMazda Miata69-
2525GSMountain III / AngpingFord Mustang Cobra R69-
2627TNonnamaker / NonnamakerMazda 62668Accident
2719GSGeck / HackerFord Mustang Cobra R68-
2852CFenton / GreenisenHond Civic Si-R68-
2934CHimes / MoorconesMazda Miata68-
3046SHenderson / PawleyToyota Supra68-
3149CWanner / SprinkleVW Golf GTI VR667-
3224GSSchuler / DukeFord Mustang Cobra R67-
3345CKeravich III / CollettiMazda Miata67-
3447SLynch / FitzgeraldMazda RX-766-
3529GSRuhl / DelVecchioFord Mustang Cobra R65-
3637TBaglier / LuffyMazda MX-665-
3750CPfiefer / RichardMazda Miata64-
381GSMaxwell / WilkinsFord Mustang Cobra SVT59-
3938CMagner / DelVecchioOldsmobile Achiva59Mechanical
4036TLinder / ColletiAcura Integra Type R58Suspension
417GSGilbert / SchultheisFord Mustang Cobra R58Did Not Finish
427THein / GreenHonda Prelude54Suspension
4335CSchraenen / CullenHyundai Tiburon48Mechanical
447GSFitzgerald / PfefferBMW M347-
457GSPeter CzepkaFord Mustang Cobra SVT39Accident
4618GSThompson / DeFontesPontiac Firebird27Suspension
4748SBunting / GoldsboroughLexus GS40020Brake
4818GSJoe DanaherPontiac Firebird10Power Steering
4911GSRehagen / DishawFord Mustang Cobra R7Fuel
5041SHeffron / BrewEagle Talon TSi0Fire
-4CPhillips III / TonelliMazda Miata69Disqualified

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