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:

  • Grand Sport (GS I and GS II): Grand Sport is the quicker of the two groups - this division features the larger displacement engines as well as smaller four-cylinder motors with forced induction systems. The power-plants produce between 400 and 500-horsepower. Minimum weights range between 2,900 – 3,300-pounds, which are dependent on the motor configuration and displacement. The GS I category includes cars such as the Porsche 993 Turbo, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Dodge Viper and Saleen Mustang SR. The Acura NSX, Audi S4, BMW M3, Nissan 350Z and Pontiac Firebird are examples of vehicles competing in GS II.
  • Sport Touring (ST I and ST II): The smaller displacement cars compete in the ST category. Engines in this group typically produce between 220 and 280-horsepower. Popular vehicles found the ST I class are the Acura RSX, Audi A4, Lexus IS300, Porsche Boxster, BMW Z3 Coupe and Acura Integra Type R. The ST II group includes the Mazda MX-5, Honda Civic EX, Chevrolet Cavalier Z24, Acura Integra LS, Dodge Neon and Mazda Protege.

With the exception of Phoenix, Watkins Glen and the second round at Virginia, the four classes compete together.

The penultimate round of the 2002 Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series was held at Mosport International Raceway. Drivers would compete for three-hours around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.

Heavy rain caused by Hurricane Isidore forced Grand-Am officials to cancel the qualifying session. The grid was set by the current team point standings.

The start of the penultimate round of the 2002 Grand-Am Street Stock Series at Mosport International Raceway. Leading the field of thirty-nine competitors into corner one is the pole-sitter, Scott Maxwell, driving the Doncaster Racing Porsche GT3 Cup. Trailing Maxwell is the No. 11 Powell Motorsport Chevrolet Corvette of Devon Powell and the second Doncaster entry shared by David Lacey and Greg Wilkins.
At Mosport International Raceway, there was a tie at the top of the Grand Sport I driver standings. The reigning class champions of Powell Motorsport, Devon Powell and Doug Goad shared first place with Scott Maxwell. Powell and Goad had momentum on their side - winning the last event at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Goad took the lead in the final hour to score their fourth victory of the season and break the tie.
It was a memorable day for the local racer, Jeff Lapcevich. Lapcevich and his co-driver, John Shreiner captured the Grand Sport II victory in the No. 30 Shreiner Racing Ford Mustang Cobra R – this was their fourth class win of the season. During the three hour race, Shreiner and Lapcevich traded the lead with the Theetge Motorsports Acura NSX and the Max Q Motorsports / TF Racing Ford Mustang Cobra R before finishing first.
In the previous round, Villaconn International drivers, Branson Patch and Don Salama were victorious against Team Lexus’ four-car fleet. At Mosport International Raceway, it was Ken Dobson and Beau Buisson sharing the No. 34 BMW Z3 that defended the team’s honour and fended off a trio of Lexus entries. The pair dominated the race and captured their third Street Tuner I win of the year.
The Grand Sport I podium for round nine of the 2002 Grand-Am Cup series at Mosport International Raceway. In the center are the winners, Devon Powell and Doug Goad. The victory moved the defending class champions into the points lead. On the left side of the rostrum are the runner-ups, Scott Maxwell and David Empingham. The third-place finishers, Richard Spenard and Robert Julien are standing on the right.
Another team with momentum on their side was the No. 41 sponsored Acura Integra LS of the Nonnamaker brothers, Wayne and Will. The Nonnamakers won the previous round at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant and led the Street Tuner II point standings. They continued their dominant ways in the penultimate race and earned their third class victory of 2002.
Scott Maxwell led Grand Sport I standings until Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant when he and his co-driver, David Empringham, finished third. Entering round nine at Mosport International Raceway, Maxwell was tied with Devon Powell and Doug Goad. He started the race and ran at the front during his stint. Empringham lost first place to Goad and the race finished under a yellow - preventing him from challenging for the victory.
In the previous round, Benoit Theetge shared the No. 73 Theetge Motorsports Acura NSX with American sportscar veteran Peter Cunningham. At Mosport International Raceway, he was joined by his regular co-driver, Kenny Wilden. They were gridded fourteenth overall and seventh in Grand Sport II. During the contest, the duo was in a three-way battle with TF Racing and Shreiner Motorsports; they would score a runner-up finish.
Team Lexus principal, Chuck Goldsborough and Quebec resident, Jean-Francois Dumoulin, shared the No. 0 Lexus IS300. The paired started the three-hour race at Mosport International Raceway fifth in the Street Tuner I category and twenty-third overall. They proved to be no match for the dominant Villaconn International entry of Ken Dobson and Beau Buisson and finished second in class.
The Grand Sport II podium for the penultimate round of the 2002 Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series. In the center are the winners, team owner, John Shreiner and local racer, Jeff Lapcevich. The result moved the pair within striking distance of the class leaders. On the left side of the rostrum are the runner-ups, Canadians Benoit Theetge and Kenny Wilden. Occupying the final spot on the podium are Don Istook and Ted Martin.
Istook / Aines Motorsport Group scored a Grand Sport II victory in the second visit to Virginia with drivers, Don Istook and Alejandro Lince. At Mosport International Raceway, Istook was sharing the No. 04 Audi S4 with a local racer, Ted Martin. They started third in Grand Sport and tenth overall. When the class point leading Mustang encountered an incident during the race, Istook and Martin earned a third-place finish.
One of the many Canadian entries at Mosport International Raceway was the No. 119 Fiorano Racing Porsche 993 TT. Sharing the Porsche were Jean-Francois Dumoulin, Robert Julien and veteran Richard Spenard. The car was gridded fifth for the start of the thee hour contest. The trio was unable the maintain pace of the Powell Motorsport Corvette or Doncaster Porsche but managed to capture the final spot on the podium.
All season the No. 27 Fenton Motorsports Acura Integra LS of Bill Fenton and Bob Beede have battled with the No. 41 Acura driven by the Nonnamaker brothers, Wayne and Will. Beede and Fenton finished sixth at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant and lost ground in the points chase. They were no match for their main rivals at Mosport, but despite being spun by the third-place car, the duo finished second in Street Tuner II.
The Street I podium for the 2002 Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series at Mosport International Raceway. The center of the rostrum is occupied by the winners from Villaconn International, Ken Dobson and Beau Buisson. To their right are the runner-ups, Chuck Goldsborough and Jean-Francois Dumoulin. Completing the podium are the third-place finishers, Ian James and Daniel Dror, Jr.
Ian James and Daniel Dror, Jr. had one podium finish entering the penultimate round - their best result being a third at Mont-Tremblant. The duo shared the No. Lexus IS300 and were one of four entries from Team Lexus. They were gridded sixth in class but were never in contention. The Street Tuner I category had a high attrition rate and although the pair were two laps behind the winners, they finished in third place.
Scooter Gabel and Jeff Lowman often shared the No. 5 DTM Engineering Mazda Miata. At Mosport International Raceway, Gabel was paired with Jim Daniels. They started the penultimate round fourth in Street Tuner II and thirty-seventh overall. Near the end of the contest, Gabel was third but spun the second-place Acura of Bob Beede. Two laps later, Gabel went off course and would finish in third place.
The 2002 Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series podium for the Street Tuner II category. Capturing their third class victory of the year and leading the point standings are Wayne and Will Nonnamaker. Standing on the left side of the rostrum are the second-place finishers, Bob Beede and Bill Fenton. The final position on the podium belongs to Scooter Gabel and Jim Daniels.

1GS IPowell / GoadChevrolet CorvettePowell Motorsport106
2GS IMaxwell / EmpringhamPorsche GT3 CupDoncaster Racing106
3GS IDumoulin / Spenard / JulienPorsche 993 TTFiorano Racing106
4GS ILacey / WilkinsPorsche GT3 CupDoncaster Racing106
5GS IWeinberg / HaynerChevrolet CorvettePowell Motorsport105
6GS IISchreiner / LapcevichFord Mustang Cobra RShreiner Racing102
7GS IICunningham / TheetgeAcura NSXTheetge Motorsports102
8ST IBuisson / DobsonBMW Z3Villaconn International101
9GS IIIstook / MartinAudi S4Istook / Aines Motorsport101
10GS IISnipes / SachsFord Mustang Cobra RSnipes Ford Motorsports101
11ST IDumoulin / GoldsboroughLexus IS300Team Lexus101
12GS IIAssentato / LonghiFord Mustang Cobra RMax Q Motorsports101
13GS IIDel Vecchio / BaughmanPontiac FirebirdBaughman Racing100
14ST IJames / Dror, JrLexus IS300Team Lexus100
15ST IGaughran / MacleodHyundai TiburonHyundai Motorsports99
16ST IGuenette, Jr / GorriaranHyundai TiburonHyundai Motorsports99
17GS IIShep / StrumPorsche 911SpeedSource99
18ST IMoorcones / HimesAcura Integra RCraftsman Motorsports98
19ST IConnolly / Salama / ChenowethBMWCSL Racing98
20GS IMears, Jr / WellmanPorsche GT3 CupSpeedSource98
21GS IIThornton / RussellBMW M3Automatic Racing98
22ST ISchlesinger / TremblayPorsche BoxsterSpeedSource98
23ST IINonnamaker / NonnamakerAcura Integra LSHRPworld.com96
24ST ILally / GaffneyLexus IS300Team Lexus95
25ST IIFenton / Beede / CurranAcura Integra LSBill Fenton Motorsports94
26ST IIDaniels / GabelMazda MiataDTM Engineering94
27ST IIMartin / HarrellFord FocusTeam Ford Focus Racing93
28ST IIThomson / LowmanMazda MiataCaduceus Motorsports92
29ST IIVelcio / NuzzoAcura Integra LSHRPworld.com92
30ST IAdams / AllenAcura RSXHonda of America Racing Team91
31ST IILuffy / BaglierMazda ProtégéBaglieracing91
32ST IWolfkill / PiscelliLexus IS300Team Lexus86
33GS IIWortzman / McCalmontPorsche 993 TTZoom Motorsports85
34ST ISchmitt / HalsmerAcura RSXHonda of America Racing Team83
35ST IPatch / SalamaBMW Z3Villaconn International83
36GS IIBarber / BorchellerBMW M3Bell Motorsports52
37ST IEllinger / EllingerMercedes 190ERC Imports49
38ST IVan Sicklen / EndicottAcura Integra RKing Motorsports41
39GS IIRehagen / PacioneFord Mustang Cobra SVTRehagen Racing2

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