Speedvision World Challenge GT Championship Round Seven Race,
Sep, 2000


Gordon Friedman the our crew chief and his son with Hank strapped in his 993 


FITZGERALD COMPLETES RARE SWEEP, WINS SPEEDVISION GT IN ATLANTA 

BRASELTON, Ga. – Mike Fitzgerald, of Phoenix, Ariz, won the Speedvision World Challenge GT Championship Round Seven
Race, part of the Petit Le Mans Weekend at Road Atlanta, becoming the first driver ever to sweep both World Challenge races
on the same weekend. Jeff McMillin, of Erie, Pa., and Terry Borcheller, of Phoenix, Ariz., completed the top-three.

Fitzgerald, started sixth in the No. 38 Westward Ho Hotel Vegas/MPIE Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, steadily moved through the field
to take the 8.071-second win, averaging 89.200 mph. The win was the second-straight for Fitzgerald, who also won the
Speedvision GT race at Texas Motor Speedway in his first-ever appearance in the class. He took his first win in the
Speedvision Touring Car class earlier in the day, which gave him the opportunity to turn the unique double–the first such
occurrence in the 11-year World Challenge history.

"I’m speechless," said Fitzgerald. "I was catching the leaders, but I got a lot of help from attrition."

Fitzgerald had pulled to within sight of leaders Peter Cunningham, Terry Borcheller and Bill Cooper on lap eight. Cooper’s Les
Stanford/Pirate Racing Corvette C5 was the first to encounter problems, when a coolant hose let go. Borcheller was next,
when he spun his AASCO Saleen SR in turn six and fell back to 11th. Fitzgerald caught Cunningham’s RealTime Racing BMW
M3 and passed him as the two encountered traffic and a local caution.

"That’s the most unlucky thing I’ve ever seen happen to someone," said Fitzgerald. "There was a local yellow for a car off the
track and another car going slowly. Cunningham had to slow up so he wouldn’t pass the other car and I timed it so I went by
both of them at the same time. I must have had 60 mph on him. Something happened to him a couple laps later."

Cunningham’s run was ended on lap 25, when his transmission let go.

Driving the No. 25 JJ’s Snacks/John Hancock BMW M3, McMillin recorded his first podium finish after six-straight top-10s to
take the points lead. He had a steady run from fifth.

"Honestly, I never thought I’d be leading the points," said McMillin. "I thought we’d be in the hunt, but it’s great to be on top right
now. We’ll just stick with our strategy and see how the rest of the season shakes out."

Borcheller recovered to finish third, making a late run to get by Justin Jackson, of Alpharetta, Ga., and Bobby Archer, of Fort
Worth, Texas.

"[Spinning] really rattled me," said Borcheller, who started from the pole. "I think something must have been on the track. I went
to turn and nothing happened. I straddled the curb in turn six and spun in turn seven. Honestly, I thought the car broke, but it
was okay."

Jackson moved up from 12th to finish fourth in him hometown race to win the Borla Performance Award and remain atop the
Rookie points championship standings. Archer came home fifth. McMillin now leads Archer in points 154 to 148. Cunningham
is third, with 123, followed by Galati and Jackson, with 120.


 
a view of the tent area
 
One other thing you get from doing pro racing
Hank are just popular
Looks at those massive brakes
Hank chatting with a Speedvision official
Hank's spot for autograph signing
Derek Bell
Hank shaking hands with Derek Bell
Hank chatting with Derek Bell
Hank in autogrph signing
Autograph signing
Autograph signing
Hank signing autograph
Both 993s in the tent area
Corey's 993
Corey's 993 engine with the individual butterfly
Hank's stock 993 motor
Hank in the line up getting ready for the race
More cars lining up
 
Corey in the line up
Hank in the line up
Hank in the line up
Gordon Friedman and his son Corey
Gordon's last checkup with Hank
Line up
Line up
Line up
The Friedman family shot
Group walking to the grid with the group flags
Hank's wife Sandi walking the flag
 
Hank in the line up
Flag stand
Justin Jackson in the line up
Grid line up
F355 challenge car
Grid line up
Grid line up
Grid line up
Grid line up
 
They are off!
C5 pick up dirt
Turn 12
   
     
Hank on the straight
   
           
Sandi Hank's wife
   
C5 lost traction
Amazingly he regain control
Turn 12
Sandi Hank's wife
         
   
Winner of the race
2nd and 3rd place
Hank pulling in
Hank pulling in after the race
 
Corey pulling into the pits
Group shot after the race
 
Hank relaxing after the race
 
     

Race results
 

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