The 2001 edition of the Grand-Am Cup consisted of ten events (Daytona (season opener and finale), Homestead-Miami, Phoenix International Raceway, Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio, Mosport, Virginia International Raceway, Road America and Trois-Rivieres) for showroom stock cars. With a few exceptions the races were primarily 3-hours in length. The cars were relatively unchanged from their road going versions – modifications were 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 were divided into four groups:

  • SGS - Super Grand Sport: The quickest of all groups, this class was introduced in 2000 for the fastest mass produced vehicles. Cars competing in this group included the Chevrolet Corvette C5, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Dodge Viper, Saleen Mustang SR, Porsche 911 Turbo, Porsche 996, etc.
  • GS - Grand Sport: This class included cars such as Pontiac Firebird, BMW M3, Acura NSX, Ford Mustang Cobra R, Porsche 993, etc.
  • ST - Sports Touring: Another new class for the 2000 season was Sports Touring. Popular vehicles found in this group were the BMW Z3 Coupe, Acura Integra Type R, BMW 328, Lexus GS 400, Lexus IS 300, Porsche Boxster, etc.
  • C2K – Compact 2000: It included the Honda Civic Si, Acura Integra GSR, Hyundai Tiburon, Mazda Miata, Mazda Protégé, Mazda 6, etc.

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.

The Mid-Ohio race marked the fifth event of the 2001 Grand-Am Cup season. Sixty-two entries started the three-hour race on the 2.25-mile thirteen-turn road course.

The start of the first lap and the pole winning Speedsource Porsche 911 Supercup leads the field into the 'Esses'. The Phoenix American Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette which started third has already moved to second and will move into the lead. The Corvette maintained the lead until late in the race, when fuel issues dropped the car to third.
In the closing stages of the race the Grand Sport Ford Mustang Cobra R of Shreiner Racing and the Sports Touring class Spirit of Miami Acura Integra Type R were involved in an incident at the 'Carousel'.
One of the front-running C2K entries arrived just in time to become involved in the melee. The No. 27 Honda of Bob Beede and Frank Del Vecchio slips by as the Honda American Race Team (HART) Honda Civic Si shared by Peter Halsmer and Bryan Johnson makes contact with the Shreiner Mustang. The HART and Shreiner cars were forced to retire.
Devon Powell and Doug Goad earned their second straight Grand Am Cup SGS victory and third of the season. The early part of the race was dominated by one of the Phoenix American Motorsports Corvettes but fuel pick-up problems allowed the Powell Motorsport drivers to take the lead and win.
Sylvain Tremblay and David Haskell qualified first the Grand Sport class driving a Speedsource prepared Porsche 911 Super Cup. The pair dominated the race taking the class victory by an incredible one-lap margin.
Two Porsches qualified on the front row for the Grand-Am Cup race. The Speedsource 911 Cup car took the pole and shared the front row with the No. 15 Motorsport Technologies Porsche TT. Dino Steiner and Ian James shared the driving duties in the No. 15 Porsche. They would finish where they started second overall and in SGS.
The Planet Earth Motorsports team finished first and third in the C2K category. The No. 42 class winning Acura Integra GSR was shared by Wayne Nonnamaker, Bill Pate and Mike Fitzgerald. Their second car was driven by Fitzgerald and Will Nonnamaker. Finishing second in C2K was the HART Honda Civic of Kevin Adams and John Schmitt.
The No. 72 BMW Z3 of Team Spartanburg was the fastest qualifier in Sports Touring and captured the class win. The car was driven by Jim Hamblin and Steve Pfeifer. The pair was in a tight battle with one of the Team Lexus IS 300s but gained the upper hand during a pit-stop. The car ran low on fuel late in the race but they were still able to score a victory.
Jean-Francois Dumoulin and Robert Julien qualified and finished second in their Grand Sport class Porsche 993. The pair exchanged second place several times throughout the race will the Turbo Performance Center Porsche 993 driven by Michael Levitas and Freddy Baker. Levitas and Baker were later disqualified.
The No. 35 Phoenix American Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette was shared by John Heinricy and Jeff Altenburg. Taking advantage of cautions early in the race allowed the team to lead the race and build a thirty-second lead. Unfortunately, late in the race the car slowed when it developed fuel pick-up problems. They finished third despite the efforts of their teammates to block the Powell and Motorsport Technology cars.
After the lead HART Honda Civic Si was involved in a late-race incident, it was the job of No. 00 to uphold the team’s honour. John Schmitt and Kevin Adams started the car fifth in C2K – fifty-first overall. Although they finished a lap behind the class winning Planet Earth Motorsports Acura it was good enough for a second in C2K.
The King Motorsports Acura Integra Type R was shared by Bob Endicott and Mike Van Sicklen. They qualified seventh in class and moved up to finish 3.378-seconds behind the class winning Sports Touring BMW Z3 Coupe of Steve Pfeifer and Jim Hamblin.

1SGSDevan Powell/Doug GoadChevrolet CorvettePowell Motorsport104
2SGSDino Steiner/Ian JamesPorsche 993 TTMotorsport Technologies104
3SGSTony Bartone/Jeff Attenburg/John HeinricyChevrolet CorvettePhoenix American103
4SGSMichael DeFontes/David BrownSaleen Mustang SRTF Racing103
5SGSJeff Altenburg/John HeinricyChevrolet CorvettePhoenix American102
6SGSSylvain Tremblay/Selby Wellman/David HaskellPorsche SupercupSpeedsource102
7SGSTrip Goolsby/Dave RussellPorsche SupercupMotorsport Technologies102
8SGSDavid Lacey/Greg WilkinsFord Mustang Cobra Multimatic102
9GSDavid Haskell/Sylvain TremblayPorsche 911Speedsource102
10SGSMike Weinberg/Stu HaynerChevrolet CorvetteMTI Racing101
11GSRobert Julien/Jean-Francois DumoulinPorsche 993Fiorano Racing101
12GSMichael Levitas/Freddy BakerPorsche 993Turbo Performance Center100
13GSJocelyn Hebert/Benoit TheetgeAcura NSXHebert/Theetge Motorsport99
14STSteve Pfeffer/Jim HamblinBMW Z3Team Spartenburg Racing99
15STMike Van Sicklen/Bob EndicottAcura Integra RKing Motorsports99
16GSPaul Mears Jr./David ShepPorsche 911Speedsource99
17STMatt Connolly/Jeff TraskBMW Z3 CoupeVillaconn International99
18GSJim Seafuse/Bret SeafuseFord Mustang CobraJBS Motorsports99
19STBransen Patch/Davy CookBMW Z3 CoupeVillaconn International98
20C2KMike Fitzgerald/Bill Pate/Will NonnamakerAcura Integra GSRPlanet Earth Motorsport98
21STKeravich III/ Potter/ SchwartzottAcura Integra RPower Racing98
22GSJohn Lloyd/Howie LiebengoodBMW M3Competition Preparation98
23GSMatt Dillard/Don ReynoldsPontiac FirebirdCentury Racing98
24STMark Sandridge/Scott SchlesingerPorsche BoxsterSpeedsource98
25STDavid Tuaty/Mark UnderwoodPorsche BoxsterSpeedsource98
26GSDonis Horne Sr./Donis Horne Jr.Porsche 911Speedsource98
27STJason Piscelli/Marc BuntingAcura Integra RThe Spirit of Miami98
28C2KJohn Schmitt/Kevin AdamsHonda Civic SiHART97
29STAlex Ratcliff/Rick EllingerMercedes-Benz 190ERC Imports97
30STAl Rocca/Aurello Lopez/Jason PiscelliAcura Integra RThe Spirit of Miami97
31C2KNonnamaker/Nonnamaker/FitzgeraldAcura Integra GSRPlanet Earth Motorsport96
32C2KDon Velcio/Roy Mitchell II/Will NonnamakerAcura Integra GSRPlanet Earth Motorsport96
33SGSJohn Kohler/Gary SmithSaleen Mustang SRTF Racing95
34C2KMichael Mazziotti/Elliot CoyleAcura Integra GSRLucas Motorsports95
35GSGreg Meindl/Jim BriodyFord Mustang CobraDG Racing95
36GSJohn Shreiner/Hank MountainFord Mustang CobraShreiner Racing95
37STRon Pawley/John RuhlinToyota SupraJ Pauley Motorsports95
38C2KBryan Johnson/Pete HalsmerHonda Civic SiHART95
39STAndy Linder/Jason Potter/Peter SchwartzottAcura Integra RPower Racing Team 94
40C2KDennis Baglier/Marty LuffyMazda ProtégéBaglieracing94
41C2KCharles Kane/Jim Lucas IIHonda Civic Lucas Motorsports92
42C2KLarry Funk/Bill RoedigerHonda Del SolLucas Motorsports92
43STChuck Goldsborough/Terry BorchellerLexus IS300Team Lexus91
44GSArmando Trentini/Ed PaezPorsche 993G&W Motorsports91
45GSEmil Assentato/Nick LonghiFord Mustang CobraD.M.A. Racing91
46C2KToto Lassally/Johannes SteinerAcura Integra GSRMotorsport Technologies88
47C2KFrank Del Vecchio/Bob BeedeHonda Civic SiBill Fenton Motorsports85
48STCR Ramsey Potts/Brian Zalner/John LeggAudi A4LM Racing84
49GSRay Mason/Jeff EnglandPontiac FirebirdKent Motorsports71
50STAndy Lally/John Norton/Neil SappLexus IS300Team Lexus71
51GSJohn Zouzelka/Don Istook/John Rutherford IVAudi S4Istook/Aines Motorsport69
52SGSMarty Miller/Eric CurranChevrolet CorvetteKAC Technologies67
53C2KNigel Gleeson/Paolo DalCin/Mark CraigHyundai TiburonHyundai Motorsport62
54GSJoe Danaher/Tony Bartone/Andy KoppelPontiac FirebirdPhoenix American Motorsports58
55C2KGord Cullen/Mark Craig/Nigel GleesonHyundai TiburonHyundai Motorsport52
56STJerry Spangler/David ChenowethBMW 328iCSL Racing39
57GSTom Houk/John KohlerFord Mustang CobraTF Racing32
58GSSteve Pfeifer/Mike HeltonBMW M3RTG Ltd24
59C2KForrest Granlund/John Schmitt/Bryan JohnsonHonda Civic SiHART24
60GSTimothy Pappas/Mark MacLeanBMW M3Franz Blam Racing15
61GSMichael Baughman/Ted MartinPontiac FirebirdMike Baughman Racing14
62GSJoe Kent/Charles EspenlaubPontiac FirebirdKent Motorsports11

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