The Shelby Cobra returned to the Virginia International Raceway on June 8-10, 2001. Grand Marshal, Caroll Shelby presided over the races at the very track where he won the first Gold Cup race in 1957. It was a glorious homecoming for the Shelby Cobra. Challenge Series Racers and FIA cars took to the course and thrilled the crowds.
Finish Line Motorsports, Inc. cars took five of the top eight finish positions; including first and second places. Amateur driver Gary Pfeifer of Kiowa, CO took first place. He was followed by fellow amateur Kevin Rogers of Spring, TX. Both Pfeifer and Rogers were driving their own Challenge Series Racers which are built and maintained by Finish Line Motorsports, Inc.
Pfeifer and Rogers beat out Bob Bondurant of Phoenix, AZ who took the third position in a FIA car. He was followed by Jim Harrell of Asheville, NC and Bob Oltoff of Mt. Ulla, NC, both of whom were also driving FIA cars. The finishing positions were rounded out by Tim Korzan of St. Charles, IL; AC D’Augustino of Breckenridge, CO; and Vincent Dean of Leawood, KS. While all three men are Challenge Racer owner/drivers, AC D’Augustino drove a FIA car for this race while he waits for his Challenge Racer to be finished.
The action was furious as the top four cars driven by Bondurant, Harrell, Olthoff, and Pfeifer battled throughout the day for the top position. They were all covered by less than one-tenth of one second in their individual “fastest lap” times.
On Sunday, Pfeifer came on strong, passing Bondurant and maintaining his lead.
That made the real battle the one for second place. Harrell vied with Bondurant for second place but by mid-distance, it was Rogers who stole the show by working his way up through the field of cars.
Pfeifer was feted with champagne in the winners circle as he realized his dream of capturing the Gold Cup Race in his Challenge Series Racer.