The 2001, Grand American Road Racing Championship (Grand Am) was the series second season. A business model which controlled costs, had stable rules and avoided being on dependent of automotive manufacturers attracted private teams. Based on the failure of the United States Road Racing Championship in 1999 critics suggested that the Grand Am would suffer a similar fate – races cancelled and the season cut short. However, that was not the case and all nine events were held as scheduled.

As in 2000, there were five classes: Sports Racing Prototype I and II (SRP-I and SRP-II), Grand Touring Sport (GTS – the former GTO class), Grand Touring (GT – the former GTU class), and American GT (AGT).

The 2001 season consisted of ten races - beginning with Daytona in February and ending in November at the same track. The series visited the same venues as 2000. Watkins Glen International gained a second date - running as a support event to NASCAR.

In early June the Grand Am series visited Mid-Ohio for the season's sixth event. The race was set for 250-miles (111-laps) around the 2.258-mile road course. There were forty-one starters with thirty teams being classified as finishers.

Intersport Racing captured their second win of the season. What made it more rewarding was Mid-Ohio was the team's home track. The Judd-powered Lola B2K/10 was driven by Oliver Gavin and, team owner, Jon Field. The Intersport car qualified behind the pole-winning Dyson Riley & Scott and followed it for much of the race. Gavin took the lead during the last round of pit-stops and was able to maintain his lead over James Weaver in the Dyson car.
Randy Pobst recorded the fastest qualifying time for the GT class and set the fastest race lap. He shared the No. 15 Porsche GT3RS with team owner, Kim Hiskey – the only woman in the race. Pobst started the event and led until the driver change – over half the race. Hiskey could not maintain Pobst’s pace and dropped down the order to finish fourth in GT. They would win the next round at Road America.
The Flis Team earned their fifth straight victory of the season at Mid-Ohio. The team suffered two engine failures and started third in the American GT class with a well-used back-up engine. Drivers Doug Goad and Craig Conway ran a steady pace and were able to capitalize on the misfortune of quicker cars in their class to take the win and finish tenth overall.
Finishing second in GT and 1-lap behind the class winning JET Motorsport BMW M3 were Kevin Buckler and Tom McGlynn. The Racers Group Porsche GT3RS started eighteenth overall and second in class. They ran third for much of the event but took the class lead after about 1.5-hours of racing when a full course yellow created an opportunity for pit-stops. However, they could not fend off the more powerful BMW.
The No. 16 Dyson entered Riley & Scott Mk III led most of the Mid-Ohio Grand Am race but fell just over five seconds short of winning the event. The Dyson duo of James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger dropped to second during a yellow flag pit-stop. Despite Weaver's best efforts to catch Oliver Gavin in the Intersport Lola, his progress was hampered by lapped traffic.
The Saleen S7-R driven by Ron Johnson and Chris Bingham scored a comfortable 2-lap margin of victory in the GTS class – despite a number of incidents involving contact with fellow competitors. Bingham was the fastest qualifier in GTS and set a new lap record in qualifying and during the race. The win made up for their disappointment of retiring in the previous month at Lime Rock.
Paul Macey and Andy Lally scored their second consecutive win in the Sports Racing Prototype II category. The team was also the fastest qualifiers in SRP II and Macey set a new lap record in the Archangel prepared Lola B2K/40. Mid-race they trailed the class leading Porschehaus Lola but at the checkered flag were 2-laps clear of them.
Didier Theys and Mauro Baldi started third overall in the Judd-powered Ferrari 333 SP. Theys took the first stint and followed the leaders, Weaver and Field, until the first round of pitstops. When the race went green Theys found himself in second but it was short-lived as the Intersport team car of Jon Field knocked him off the track – Field was given a 30-second penalty. The No. 27 Ferrari finished third overall.
Local racer Tim Cowen entered his Ford Mustang in the American GT class. He shared the driving duties with the very quick and experienced Tony Ave. The car started second in class - sixteenth overall. When the pole-winning Comer Racing Corvette had shift linkage problems they inherited the lead but ran second for much of the race. Unfortunately, they completed 76-laps retiring with transmission issues.
Scott Maxwell and Peter Czapka started eighth overall and third in the Sports Racing Prototype II class. They were second in the early part of the race but in the middle stages battled for third with the No. 22 Archangel Lola. When the Archangel car ran out of gas with two minutes remaining in the race, the Multimatic Motorsports prepared Lola B2K/40 inherited a third in Sports Racing Prototype II.
Finishing second in GTS and 2-laps behind the class winning Saleen S7-R were Larry Schumacher and Martin Snow. The No. 99 Schumacher Racing Porsche GT1 won the previous round at Lime Rock. They started thirteenth overall and finished ninth at Mid-Ohio.
Finishing third in the American GT class were Dick Greer and John Fergus. Greer and Fergus were locals who had logged many miles at Mid-Ohio. Fergus had won a number of amateur Sports Car Club of America National Championships at the track. The duo started and finished twenty-eighth overall in an ex-Rocketsports Trans Am Chevrolet Corvette.
The No. 84 Comer Racing Chevrolet Corvette was to be shared by Jack Willes, Andy McNeil and Kyle McIntire. The Corvette was one of the quicker American GT cars during practice and qualified fastest in the class. The team retired after just 16-laps with shift linkage problems.
The V8 powered BMW M3 of JET Motorsports scored their second straight win in the GT category. In May at Lime Rock they started mid-pack but won overall beating the quicker GTS and American GT cars. The car was shared by, team owner, Toney Jennings and Terry Borcheller. They also set the fastest lap for the GT class.

1SRPField / GavinLola B2K/10 JuddIntersport Racing111-
2SRPWeaver / LeitzingerRiley & Scott Mk IIIDyson Racing Team111-
3SRPTheys / BaldiFerrari 333 SP JuddLista Doran Racing110-
4SRPBaldwin / RobinsonRiley & Scott Mk IIIRobinson Racing108-
5SRP IILally / MaceyLola B2K/40 NissanArchangel Motorsport108-
6GTSBingham / JohnsonSaleen S7-RPark Place Racing106-
7SRP IISt. Jacques / JulienLola B2K/40 NissanPorschehaus Racing106-
8SRP IIMaxwell / CzapkaLola B2K/40 NissanMultimatic Motorsports104-
9GTSSchumacher / SnowPorsche 911 GT1Schumacher Racing104-
10AGTConway / GoadChevrolet CorvetteTeam X1-R103-
11SRP IIClinton / DurandLola B2K/40 NissanArchangel Motorsport102Fuel
12GTJennings / BorchellerBMW M3JET Motorsports102-
13GTBuckler / McGlynnPorsche GT3RThe Racer's Group101-
14SRPField / FieldRiley & Scott Mk IIIIntersport Racing101-
15GTMurry / MerzonPorsche GT3RSCase It Racing101-
16GTPobst / HiskeyPorsche GT3RSFordahl Motorsport101-
17GTDrendel / LawPorsche GT3RG&W Motorsports101-
18GTPolicastro, Jr. / PolicastroPorsche GT3RSGunnar Racing99-
19GTAssentato / BuntingBMW M3Genesis Racing99-
20GTSchrom / PolkPorsche GT3RG&W Motorsports99-
21GTCollin / ButtieroPorsche GT3RSeikel Motorsport99-
22AGTBupp / LeavyChevrolet CamaroHamilton Safe Motorsports98-
23GTByrne / MillmanPorsche GT3RSOrbit98-
24GTHeinricy / BartoneChevrolet CorvettePhoenix American97-
25GTBuitoni / Hindery / TremblayPorsche GT3RSOrbit97-
26GTSBrown / DeFontes / ThompsonChevrolet CamaroTempur Racing95-
27GTHajducky / StantonPorsche GT3RAasco - Boduck94-
28AGTGreer / FergusChevrolet CorvetteDick Greer Racing93-
29GTShalala / Mount / VancePorsche 911ProTechnik Racing93-
30GTIvankovich / PumpellyPorsche GT3RZip/Pumpelly Racing92-
31GTHall / TambourineMazda Miata MX-5Team Tambourine89Spin
32GTSAltenburg / MarzialeChrysler ViperMuzzy Racing85-
33AGTCowen / AveFord MustangCowen Racing76Transmission
34SRPForbes-Robinson / SchroederRiley & Scott Mk IIIDyson Racing Team65Transmission
35SRPRoussel / SezionaleNorma M2000-01Sezio Florida Racing Team65Transmission
36GTWorth / SansoneMazda RX-7Pettit Racing49Differential
37GTSMarshall / WagnerPorsche GT2G&W Motorsports33Brakes
38GTSMartindale / Weickardt / BorchellerChrysler ViperAmerican Viperacing32Accident
39AGTKerry HittChevrolet CorvetteACP Motorsports31Engine
40AGTWilles / McNeilChevrolet CorvetteComer Racing13Gear Linkage
41AGTRon FarissChevrolet CamaroFariss Racing Enterprises13Engine

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