GR40 Mustangs Dominate
March 13, 2005
The American V8 Supercar Series 05 Season Opener
Carolina Motorsport Park, South Carolina.
Wheeling his 2001 GR40 Mustang equipped with GR40 SLA, Lester Lesneski of Monroe North Carolina qualified on the pole, and won going away, uncontested in the AV8SS Unlimited class today at CMP. His only competition was from Hendrick Motorsports team member Pete Johns, in his formidable and super lightweight Camaro, however he failed to qualify due to a broken suspension linkage and started from the rear with a spectacular drive through the field. Although Johns finish second, Lesneski did record the fastest laps of the race.
His post race comments regarding the first outing of his new GR40 SLA equipped car was, "I never found the limit in the corner. I didn't have to. This car is 5 seconds a lap quicker than my old car was here last year. It is so accurate, I never hit a berm, I never missed a mark. Thank you Griggs Racing!"
Barry Kline of Warp Speed Motorsports, Golden Valley Minnesota was victorious in the restricted class. After a brief tussle with Brian Schugg, Kline, driving a GR40 Mustang still equipped with struts drove off and continued pulling away until the checkered flag. It should be noted that CMP is Schugg's home track. Barry is off to a good start in what is planned to eventually become the only class in the AV8SS series.
AV8SS is open to any production based 1964 to current front engine/rear drive V8 powered automobiles including Corvettes, BMWs, Porsche 928s, Firebirds, Camaros, Barracudas, Infinity, Lexus, Mercedes. The series holds much promise for the future of production based V8 road racing in the United States. For the 05 season there are two classes of cars, one being restricted to a series spec Nitto tire and engine restrictions to approximately 500BHP. The other class is unlimited power and tire, but with the same basic rules otherwise.
We are happy to see the series get off to a good start, and Griggs Racing offers its congratulations to both Lester and Barry for their winning efforts.