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.

Mosport was race six of the ten-round 2001 Grand-Am Cup season. The car count was lighter than usual as many competitors did not want to make the effort to cross an international border. Forty-seven cars started the three-hour race on the 2.459-mile ten-turn road course.

The start of round six of the series and the grid heads into Mosport's turn-one. The pole sitting Powell Motorsport Chevrolet Corvette leads the field. In close pursuit are the two TF Racing Saleen Mustang SRs and the Motorsport Technologies Porsche TT. Not making the trip to Canada and noticeably absent from the event were the very quick Phoenix American Chevrolet Corvettes.
The race winning Powell Motorsport Chevrolet Corvette stops for fuel and tires. The team started from the pole and led early in the race but fell to second after a stop-and-go penalty for a blend line infraction. With some good driving and the retirement of the leading Mustang Devon Powell and Doug Goad were able to earn the win – their first at Mosport in four seasons.
The C2K category was not as hotly contested as some of the other classes. The No. 42 Acura Integra GSR of Planet Earth Motorsports dominated the class and they earned their second-straight victory. At one point during the race drivers Will Nonnamaker and Mike Fitzgerald put the Acura into the top-ten overall and were ahead of all the Sports Touring class cars.
Team Spartanburg Racing entered a BMW Z3 Coupe for Jeff Altenburg and Jim Hamblin. Altenburg qualified the car second in Sports Touring. During the race, the team had a terrific battle with No. 0 Lexus IS 300 and the No. 64 Acura Integra R. The Lexus encountered problems and slid down the order leaving the BMW and Acura to contend for the lead. The BMW got the upper hand and took their second consecutive victory.
Late in the race, Jean-Francois Dumoulin hit the Jcomp Acura NSX in corner-ten while trying to pass for second in Grand Sport. Dumoulin, who shared the Porsche 993 with Robert Julien, was successful in securing the position. As a result of the incident, the Acura NSX shared by John Sherk and Robert Baxter fell to fifth in class.
The TF Racing Saleen Mustang SRs qualified second and third in SGS and overall. But a series of brake problems led to the retirement of both cars. The No. 44 was driven by Michael DeFontes and David Brown. The pair completed seventy-seven laps finishing thirty-seventh overall and sixth in class.
Starting fourth overall and in SGS was the Motorsport Technologies Porsche TT shared by Dino Steiner and Ian James. With the demise of the very quick TF Racing Saleen Mustang SRs they were able to score a second overall and in class.
Despite some contact during the race, the Honda of America Race Team Honda Civic Si driven by Pete Halsmer and Bryan Johnson were able to finish second in the C2K category. The class win went to the Planet Earth Motorsports Acura Integra GSR driven by Mike Fitzgerald and Will Nonnamaker.
Mark McLean and Tim Pappas qualified the Franz Blam Racing BMW M3 tenth in Grand Sport and sixteenth overall. During the race, the pair was able to move up and run with the class leaders but mechanical problems relegated them to a thirty-eighth place finish.
It was two in a row and the third win of the season for Grand Sport driver Sylvain Tremblay. At Mosport, he shared the winning Speedsource prepared Porsche 911 with David Haskell. With the retirement of the TF Mustangs the No. 70 Porsche also became the first Grand Sport team of the season to earn a place on the overall podium - third.
The No. 64 King Motorsports Acura Integra R driven by Bob Endicott and Mike Van Sicklen was involved in a three-way battle for SportsTouring class honours. When the Lexus IS 300 of Terry Borcheller and Chuck Goldsborough developed problems it became a two-way battle between Endicott and Jeff Altenburg in a BMW Z3 Coupe. Endicott spun in the last corner on the last lap when he attempted to pass Altenburg for the lead.
Starting twelfth overall and seventh in Grand Sport was the Fiorano Racing Porsche 993 of Robert Julien and Jean-Francois Dumoulin. The team made progress during the race and moved up the order. Dumoulin was behind the wheel and third in class when he had a late race incident with the second place Acura NSX. The contact allowed the No. 19 to pass for position and finish second in Grand Sport.

1SGSDevan Powell/Doug GoadChevrolet Corvette Z06Powell Motorsport104
2SGSDino Steiner/Ian JamesPorsche 993 TTMotorsport Technologies103
3GSDavid Haskell/Sylvain TremblayPorsche 911SpeedSource103
4GSRobert Julien/Jean-Francois DumoulinPorsche 993Fiorano Racing103
5SGSSelby Wellman/David ShepPorsche 911 SpeedSource103
6GSEmil Assentato/Nick LonghiFord Mustang Cobra RD.M.A. Racing102
7GSJean Francois Veilleux/Rejean VincentChevrolet Camaro SSHebert/Theetge Motorsport101
8GSJohn Sherk/Robert BaxterAcura NSXJcomp101
9GSDavid Shep/Paul Mears JrPorsche 911Speedsource101
10STJim Hamblin/Jeff AltenburgBMW Z3 CoupeTeam Spartanburg Racing100
11GSTom Houk/John KohlerFord Mustang Cobra RTF Racing100
12STMike Van Sicklen/Bob EndicottAcura Integra RKing Motorsports100
13GSDonis Horne Jr/Donis Horne SrPorsche 911SpeedSource100
14GSJim Briody/Greg MeindlFord Mustang Cobra RDG Racing99
15C2KMike Fitzgerald/Will NonnamakerAcura Integra GSRPlanet Earth Motorsport99
16STMarc Bunting/Jason Piscelli/Henry BradleyAcura Integra RThe Spirit of Miami99
17GSMichael Baughman/Ted MartinPontiac FirebirdMike Baughman Racing99
18STTerry Borcheller/Chuck GoldsboroughLexus IS300Team Lexus99
19C2KPete Halsmer/Bryan JohnsonHonda Civic SiHonda of America Racing Team99
20C2KEd Magner/Frank Del VecchioChevrolet Cavalier Z24WTF Engineering99
21STMark Underwood/David TuatyPorsche BoxsterSpeedSource99
22STJason Potter/Andy LallyLexus IS300Team Lexus99
23C2KWayne Nonnamaker/Bill PateAcura Integra GSRPlanet Earth Motorsport98
24C2KJohn Schmitt/Kevin AdamsHonda Civic SiHonda of America Racing Team98
25STAl Rocca/Aurelio Lopez/Jason PiscelliAcura Integra RThe Spirit of Miami98
26STPierre Mandeville/Jeff Lorriman/Jim KenleNissan MaximaNissan Competition97
27STScott SchlesingerPorsche BoxsterSpeedSource97
28C2KToto Lassally/BJ ZachariasAcura Integra GSRMotorsport Technologies96
29C2KElliot Coyle/Bill RoedigerAcura Integra GSRLucas Motorsports96
30STLen Clue/Don Blewett/John LockhartBMW 328isJL Racing94
31C2KDennis Baglier/Marty LuffyMazda ProtégéBaglieracing94
32C2KC Pat Kane/Jim Lucas IIHonda CivicLucas Motorsports91
33GSJim Seafuse/Bret SeafuseFord Mustang Cobra RJBS Motorsports83
34SGSGreg Wilkins/David LaceyFord Mustang Cobra RDoncaster/ Multimatic83
35C2KGord Cullen/Mark Craig/Nigel GleesonHyundai TiburonHyundai Motorsports81
36SGSJohn Kohler/Gary SmithSaleen Mustang SRTF Racing79
37SGSMichael DeFontes/David BrownSaleen Mustang SRTF Racing77
38GSMark MacLean/Timothy PappasBMW M3Franz Blam Racing69
39GSJohn Shreiner/Hank Mountain/Jeff LapcevichFord Mustang Cobra RShreiner Racing65
40STAlex Ratcliff/Rick EllingerMercedes-Benz 190ERC Imports65
41GSZave Aberman/Claud GouMazda RX-7Canadian All American Racers49
42GSJohn Rutherford IV/Don IstookAudi S4Istook/Aines Motorsport45
43GSJohn Lloyd/Howie LiebengoodBMW M3Competition Preparation33
44STMichael Thornley/Peter SchwartzottAcura Integra RPower Racing Team13
45STPeter Schwartzott/Mike Keravich IIIAcura Integra RPower Racing Team12
46GSBenoit Theetge/Jocelyn HebertAcura NSXHebert/Theetge Motorsport7
47C2KNigel Gleeson/Paolo DalCin/Mark CraigHyundai TiburonHyundai Motorsport1

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