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I think it is the most exciting Pontiac since the 1970 GTO. Pontiac has 13,000 orders for the Solstice.

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The new Solstice will be raced in Grand-Am Cup.

DETROIT - General Motors Corp. says it plans to race its Pontiac Solstice in future Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Showroom Stock B-Class races against the Mazda Miata and BMW M3.

The auto maker also will use the Solstice to compete on the Grand Am Cup ST-Class racing circuit in 2006, according to Mark Reuss, executive director of GM's Performance Div.

Reuss says the Solstice that will enter the racing circuit will be the C Solstice GT Coupe.

"We have the 2006 Pontiac Solstice, (and) right now the car we're introducing doesn't have a roof, so look for that to change," he tells attendees at the Society of Automotive Engineers conference here.

Reuss says while the Stock-B Class has been dominated by Mazda's Miata, as well as the BMW Z4 and Acura RSX, he expects the Solstice to "take that championship" when the car hits the Stock-B circuit next year.

The Solstice Coupe also will compete in the Grand Am ST Class racing circuit against the BMW 330 and Mazda RX-8 next year, Reuss adds.

The experience gained on the racing circuit will continue to play a vital role in developing performance derivatives of future GM products, he says.


check the link for the 2002 Pontiac Solstice coupe concept
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