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2004 North American GT Season
Photo Credit: Tom Happanen.
Champion Constructor: Pratt & Miller Corvette (US,US,4,4)
Putative Constructor: Pratt & Miller Corvette (US)
Champion Driver: Ron Fellows (CA,3,3), Johnny O'Connell (US,2,4)
Putative Driver: Ron Fellows (CA), Johnny O'Connell (US)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model C5-R, 6.98-liter, eight-cylinder vee LS1, aluminum/cast iron engine, OHV, fuel injection, six-speed, ventilated disc brakes, carbon fibre/unitary steel chassis, double wishbone independent suspension, 625 horsepower (Pratt & Miller, John Cafaro).

Pratt & Miller with the Corvette C5-R takes all nine series events in 2004 and nets a fourth consecutive ALMS GTS constructors' championship as Ron Fellows takes his third consecutive drivers' crown and Johnny O'Connell his second award. The Milner Prototype Technology Group with the BMW M3 E46 crushes the field with ten series victories in 2004 and claims the Grand-Am GTS putative constructors' title for the first time since the 1999 season. Bill Auberlen and Boris Said finish square atop the drivers' table, while race entry placement hands Auberlen the edge for the putative laurels. NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. survives a large conflagration and suffers second-degree burns after his P&M Corvette C5-R crashes into the ARMCO on the formation lap at ALMS Sonoma in July.

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.

ALMS     
Pratt & Miller Corvette164     Fellows92
AJR Porsche51     O’Connell J92
ACEMCO Saleen Ford25     Gavin72
Flying Lizard Porsche17     Beretta72
White Lightning Porsche11     Bernhard T31
Risi Ferrari6     Borcheller25
     Mowlem25
Grand-Am     
PTG BMW175     Auberlen B105
TRG Porsche61     Said Br (SC)96
TPC Porsche29     Marks J67
Orbit Porsche26     Hand J58
SFW Maserati13     Valentine36
G&W Porsche13     James I36
     Gleason C36

Noteworthy 2004 Races

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