July 31, 2005 / San Jose, Ca./ C&R Promotions / For the competitors, it will be memories not soon forgotten, for Dave Brown it will unquestionably be one of his career highlights. Qualifying on the pole for Saturdays Hankook United States Touring Car Championship race at the Taylor Woodrow San Jose Grand Prix would be enough for many, but Brown drove a masterful race leading every lap from the drop of the green to the checkered the exhilaration in his voice was evident, as was the relief in his tired eyes. "To win any race is difficult, but to win here, against all of these fantastic drivers it's a dream come true." Said Brown.This weekend belonged to the Opak / Spoon Racing Acura RSX of Brown and his team, with more then 30 cars in the field and nearly 51,000 fans in attendance the pressure for all of the drivers was more intense then any had felt before in their racing career.
Dale Sievwright driving the BMW 328is for MPACT Racing finished in a career high second place and was also the Apex-I award winner for the top finishing series rookie. "The course was tight and I had to fine-tune my driving style slightly to adjust to the walls." Said Sievwright. "But, my team gave me a fantastic car today and the BMW power was awesome." Sievwright continued. "This is a fast course with tight turns," said third place finisher Brett Erickson, in the Erickson Motorsports VW GTI. "The drivers were up to the challenge of this difficult street course, and we all knew this race would be demanding and bring out the best racers, so I didn't worry." Our goal was to get on the podium," said Brett. "I couldn't be happier with this result."
The racing was exciting with the right amount of close racing, hard passes and bent fenders to keep the fans on their feet throughout the entire 30-minute race.
For the Hankook Unites States Touring Car Championshipit was the continuation of an incredible year, series car count is up 300% in due in part to the increased media promotions, a redesigned website and first class event and tracks. And the media buzz surrounding the series has been nothing short of colossal with several magazines expanding their coverage due to increased interest. "We've found the right combination of competitive racing and cars that fans can relate to move the USTCC into the forefront of road racing in the United States." Said Robert Porter Series Promotions / Public Relations Director "Ali Arsham, Dave Balingit and I have worked extremely hard to make the series what we all knew it could be, and though there is still room for improvement, we're ecstatic with this years success and 2006 will be even bigger", Porter continued.