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1999 North American GT Season
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Champion Constructor: ORECA Viper (FR,1,1)
Putative Constructor: ORECA Dodge Viper (FR)
Champion Driver: Olivier Beretta (MC,1,1)
Putative Driver: Olivier Beretta (FR)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model GTS-R, 7.99-liter, ten cylinder vee, aluminum alloy engine, OHV, fuel injection, six-speed, ventilated steel disc brakes, unitary steel chassis, double wishbone independent suspension, power assist steering, 625 horsepower (Tom Gale, Roy Sjoberg).

Don Panoz in 1999 launches the inaugural American Le Mans Series (ALMS) to great fanfare and anticipation among enthusiasts around the globe. ORECA with the Viper GTS-R and pilot Olivier Beretta secure constructors' and drivers' titles on both sides of the Atlantic in 1999 for the first time in Gran Turismo racing history after handily winning the respective inaugural ALMS GTS constructors' and drivers' titles. The ambitious USRRC under SCCA aegis fails in its mission to reconstitute North American endurance racing after constructor disinterest in its top-tier Can-Am prototype and GT1 classifications prompts organizers to cancel the series after the third round at Mid-Ohio in June. Prototype Technology Group BMW with the M3 entry prevails for the final USRRC overall GT putative constructors' title solely after taking placings 2-3-4 at Lime Rock in May. Larry Schumacher and John O'Steen in the Porsche 993 GT2 entry take the GTS drivers' crown, yet a third place finish by Cort Wagner in the G&W Motorsports Porsche 911 at Mid-Ohio in June earns him the overall GT putative honors.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

ORECA Viper114     Beretta68
Snow Porsche30     Wendlinger57
Pratt & Miller Corvette26     Donohue D52
AJR Porsche13     Archer T41
Schumacher Porsche13     Snow M30
Konrad Porsche10     Collins K29
PTG BMW10     
PTG BMW16     Wagner C17
Reiser/Callas Porsche15     O’Steen J (SC)15
Schumacher Porsche15     Schumacher L (SC)15
AJR Porsche12     Mowlem13
Mosler Chevrolet12     Murry13
Roock Porsche8     

Noteworthy 1999 Races

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