2006 was the sixth consecutive year of the Grand American Road Racing’s Grand Am Cup Series for American and Foreign sports cars and sedans.
There was a significant restructuring of the classes in 2004. The season debuted with a single Grand Sport (GS) and Street Tuner (ST) class.
The cars competing 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 placed in the Grand Sport or Sport Touring group.
The 2006 season consists of ten race weekends and starts in January at Daytona International Speedway. Teams do not compete again until April for the first of two events at Virginia International Raceway. In early May, the series competes at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and stays on the West Coast for races at Phoenix International Raceway. Then the series returns to the eastern United States for weekends at Lime Rock Park, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Barber Motorsports Park. On the first weekend of August, the championship heads north of the border to compete at the Le Circuit Trois-Rivieres. The penultimate round takes place at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, with the finale being contested at Virginia International Raceway.
Separate races for the Grand Sport and Street Tuner categories will be held at Phoenix, Lime Rock Park, Trois-Rivieres and the second race weekend at Virginia International Raceway.
Trois-Rivieres was one of four race weekends where the Grand Sport and Street Tuner categories competed as stand-alone contests. The Street Tuner event was held Saturday afternoon on the ten-turn 1.521-mile street course.
|Pacing the field of twenty-eight starters as they enter Trois-Rivieres’ final corner is the pole-sitter, Charles Espenlaub in the Davis Motorsports Acura RSX-S. Sharing the front row with Espenlaub is the No. 95 Turner Motorsport prepared BMW 330i, driven by Don Salama. Behind the leaders is Quebec resident, Benoit Theetge driving an Acura TSX and the SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 of the David Haskell and Sylvain Tremblay.|
|Sharing the No. 86 Powell Motorsport Chevrolet Cobalt was David Thilenius and hometown favourite, Marc-Antoine Camirand. Thilenius qualified ninth fastest and ran in the top-ten during his stint. The team executed the driver change during the second caution period. Camirand moved up the race order and on lap-48, he took the lead from Matt Plumb. Camirand controlled the race from there and captured the victory.|
|Finishing 3.127-seconds behind Marc-Antoine Camirand in the runner-up position was Matt Plumb. Plumb was sharing the Bill Fenton Motorsports Acura RSX-S with his brother, Hugh. The brothers won their first race of the season in the previous round at Barber. At Trois-Rivieres, Hugh was sixth fastest in the qualifying session. In the race, they were ‘on-track’ for a second victory until Matt was passed by Marc-Antione Camirand.|
|Davis Motorsports entered three Acura RSX-S. The No. 144 Acura was driven by touring car veterans, Bob Endicott and Michael Galati. Endicott and Galati did not join the series until round two at Virginia, where they finished third. The paired scored their first victory of the year at Phoenix. Galati qualified the RSX and was eighth fastest. Endicott drove the last stint and captured the final spot on the podium.|
|One of the three Davis Motorsports Acura RSX-S at Trois-Rivieres was piloted by Charles Espenlaub and Jeff Altenberg. Anthony Serra was entered as an alternate driver. Espenlaub was fastest in qualifying and put the No. 142 RSX-S on the pole for the 150-mile event. He and his teammate, Altenberg, fell out of the top spot but maintained pace with the leaders and were in fourth place at the checkered flag.|
|Until the latest two rounds, Barber Motorsports Park and Trois-Rivieres, the point’s leaders, Jamie Holtom and Eric Curran were having a sensational season. To date, Holtom and Curran had ‘racked-up’ five podium finishes, four of which were victories. But a twenty-eighth place finish at Barber and an incident during the race at Trois-Rivieres, which resulted in an eighteenth place, saw them drop to third in the standings.|
|The Street Tuner podium for round eight at Trois-Rivieres. In the center, recording their first victory of the year, are David Thilenius and hometown hero, Marc-Antoine Camirand. On the right side of the rostrum and earning their fifth consecutive podium finish for 2006 are the brothers, Matt and Hugh Plumb. Completing the podium from Davis Motorsports are Michael Galati and Bob Endicott.|
|1||ST||Thilenius / Camirand||Chevrolet Cobalt||Powell Motorsport||72|
|2||ST||Plumb / Plumb||Acura RSX-S||Bill Fenton Motorsports||72|
|3||ST||Endicott / Galati||Acura RSX-S||Davis Motorsports||72|
|4||ST||Serra / Espenlaub / Altenburg||Acura RSX-S||Davis Motorsports||72|
|5||ST||Turner / Salama||BMW 330i||Turner Motorsport||72|
|6||ST||Haskell / Tremblay||Mazda RX-8||SpeedSource||72|
|7||ST||Sahlen / Nonnamaker||Dodge SRT-4||Team Sahlen||72|
|8||ST||Potter / Tuaty||BMW Z4||Performance Motorsports||72|
|9||ST||Buisson / Johnson||BMW Z4||Performance Motorsports||72|
|10||ST||Schmitt / Roush / Lewis||Honda Accord||HART||71|
|11||ST||Walker / Povoledo||Acura RSX-S||Kensai Racing||71|
|12||ST||Holtom / Colembie||Chevrolet Cobalt||Georgian Bay Motorsports||71|
|13||ST||Bilodeau / Borgeat||Hyundai Tiburon||GT Racing||71|
|14||ST||Mardikian / Mirzayan||Chevrolet Cobalt||Team Cobalt California||71|
|15||ST||Sutherland / Schwartzott||Acura TSX||Schwartzott / Thornley Racing||70|
|16||ST||Abello / Thornton||Mazda RX-8||SpeedSource||70|
|17||ST||Moorcones / Legg||Acura Integra R||Radial Motorsports||70|
|18||ST||Curran / Holtom||Chevrolet Cobalt||Georgian Bay Motorsports||67|
|19||ST||Hebert / Hamelin / Gagnon||Honda Civic Si||89 Racing Team||60|
|20||ST||Lepper / Magner||Chevrolet Cobalt||WTF Engineering||58|
|21||ST||Theetge / Cunningham||Acura TSX||Theetge Motorsport||33|
|22||ST||Armengol / Dumoulin||Mazda RX-8||SpeedSource||29|
|23||ST||Leverone / Long / Serra||Acura RSX-S||Davis Motorsports||14|
|24||ST||Malgren / Roy||Chevrolet Cobalt||Powell Motorsport||14|
|25||ST||Thomson / Audette||Acura RSX-S||Kensai Racing||3|
|26||ST||Stoddart / Fonte / Cosmo||BMW 330ci||Fountain Motorsports||3|
|27||ST||Schlesinger / Dobson||Mazda RX-8||SpeedSource||3|
|28||ST||Scattolin / Dumoulin||Mini Cooper S||Nuzzo Motorsports||1|
|29||ST||Ortiz / Gonzalez Jr||Chevrolet Cobalt||Team Cobalt California||0|
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