• Jul 15, 2010
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The Grand-Am Cup has changed names more times than Prince, but the series remains largely the same. Two classes run in the Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge – Grand Sport (GS) and Street Tuner (ST) – the former comprised of Porsche 911s, Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaros (among others), with the latter covering everything from Honda Civics to Mini Coopers and Subaru Imprezas.

Depending on the event, both classes run at the same time, which can make for some entertaining action. Such was the case at last month's race at Mid-Ohio, where Joey Atterbury and his Camaro fought tooth-and-nail in the GS class. The on-track antics had us screaming expletives for the better part of three minutes. Find out why by clicking on the jump.

[Source: Atterbury Racing via YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Oooh, some drivers here are a little too eager to make a pass.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is awesome!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Highly entertaining racing. Yes, quite a few of the drivers on this track were pretty n00bish (especially the driver behind the camera...), but it made for some very interesting moments of "whats gonna happen next?".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Modified 'stock' production cars with high tech stuff like "fuel injection" gearboxes with 5 speeds or more racing fender to fender in circuits that turn left and right? That's CRAZY! You hear that NASCAR?

      Some of the most entertaining racing I've seen on the tube in along while.

        • 4 Years Ago
        The Camaros are still under development. Give them some time. As you know, these are heavy cars, they have to work to get the weight down and the handling up. It takes time.

        You're comparing them to Mustangs which have had years of development (I don't think these even have the new engines yet).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hate to tell you guys but the Boss Mustangs are new in the class this year too. They are also under development. I will grant that the basic structure is the same, the chassis and powertrains are new for the 2010 season.

        The Camaros may be new for this continent but are based on a chassis that's been riding around down under for a few years too. I wouldn't give them a free pass based on their "newness".
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was thinking that myself about the Camaro and the supposed superior IRS...
        (treating the throttle and brake pedals like meat thermometers doesn't necessarily help things, stab-stab-stab...)
        and while watching those stone-age straight axle Mustangs out-corner and out-accelerate, oh the humanity! ;)

        • 4 Years Ago
        Mike:
        The chassis isn't new this year on the Mustang.

        The Camaro platform may have existed for a couple years down under, but what good does that do to a team in the US? They've only had months to work on this car here, they can't afford to go down under and race a 4-door car the Camaro is based upon to start development.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Joe: The Mustang benefits from a larger owner/driver base, a larger catalog of tuner parts, more tuners with a longer history of racing/modding the DEW98 Lite platform, etc. The Camaro, and the chassis it rides on is very very new. I'm not surprised cars with a much longer racing history are more sorted, so keep that in mind that this is not such an easy comparison to make. We also don't know what individual mods are done to which cars we see here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I try to watch Nascar.. But I end up changing the channel after 5 mins..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bashing of NASCAR within the comment section of an article that has absolutely nothing to do with NASCAR...

        That's something new./sarcasm

        *Waits to be voted down by the silent trolls...
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is one of the most entertaining racing series there is around. I enjoy it even more then the SCAA World Challenge, I wish it would get more coverage. The races are usually aired on a one week delay on Speed Channel
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you morons can't tell that the car has some damage, then I don't know how to help you. You can easily tell by just watching Joe drive and watching how the car is acting in the corners. If you had actually seen the race(shame on you if you didn't and still call your self a racing fan, pretty much the best racing out there!!!) then you would know this also. But whatever, not matter what I say here it won't change the fact that your egos won't ever be behind the wheel of one of these cars(good thing too!).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like everyone's been playing a liiiiiiittle too much Need For Speed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gotta love the constant criticism from the peanut...I mean bench racers.

      Keep sitting behind your computer monitors thinking you know how to drive better than these guys. You'll never be able to experience to type of skill these drivers have if you keep doing so.

      I'd like to see how some of you would drive this Camaro after spending 2 years driving a 170hp Jetta TDI Cup car. Because that's exactly what Joey Atterbury did.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. You can hear the tires squealing the whole time. These cars are all on the brink of being out of control.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While I'm not gonna claim I'm good enough to drive in this series, I have been driving on track for over 6 years and can see where the critisism is coming from.

        This guy's overcooking almost every corner, doesn't track fully out in many cases (even when he's not getting passed mid-corner maybe he's doing some blocking but he's scubbing off a ton of speed) and seems to be constantly correcting mid turn. As they say, smooth is fast and he's not very smooth.

        I will acknowledge that perhaps the car has been setup terribly by his team and/or his tires are near the end of their life and in at least one spot it looks like he gets hit mid corner and saves a spin, it just looks like he's young and a little too aggressive.

        This series is made up of everything from guys with enough money to go racing to proffessionals, so the driving skill is quite varied.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love the video! The camaro looked awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In his defense, he spun at Madness. He had just come down the long, back straight and pushed through an off camber right turn only to take a >90' left turn that changes from uphill to downhill pretty close to the apex. Very easy to spin as you're fast, turning hard, and unweighted.

      Now, that being said, he also pulled back on line downhill and out of sight from cars that are fast, turning hard, and unweighted.
      • 4 Years Ago
      awesomeness
      when he pulled right into the racing line after the spin i was like 'hes not gonna'
      yep he did, how did that guy get in a racecar?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I didn't see a button on the steering wheel marked "A" allowing him to vault over the racing line, so assuming it was a Camaro and not the Mach V, where would you have suggested he go? He did exactly what every other driver expected him to do which makes it the correct thing. That's why no one hit him when he re-entered. As far as the contact with the Mustang goes, heading into a corner three-wide is rarely a good idea.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this racing? or bumper cars...
        • 4 Years Ago
        If your not bumping your not racing lol
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