DENVER (Dec. 6, 2001) -- The Grand Prix of Denver, set for August 30 - Sept. 1, 2002, has added two support races, the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup and Toyota Atlantic Championship, to its weekend schedule.
The 12-race Trans-Am Series, operated by the Panoz/Sanchez Group and sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing, is the nation's longest-running road racing series and features the country's top "muscle cars" in exciting fender-to-fender action. Among the marques showcased in the series are Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Corvettes, Dodge Vipers and Jaguar XKRs.
The Toyota Atlantic Championship, now in its 14th year, is one of the world's premier open-wheel development series. A key rung on the CART "ladder system," the series has long been noted for sending drivers such as Michael Andretti, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan and Jimmy Vasser into the high-profile CART FedEx Championship Series. The Denver race will be the series finale for 2002.
"We are extremely pleased that the Trans-Am Series and the Toyota &Atlantic Championship will help us begin a great tradition of racing in &Denver," said Jim Michaelian, chief operating officer of the Grand &Prix of Denver. "There has been strong popular support for Trans-Am to &be featured at this event, as the SCCA's base has been in the Denver area &for many years. Together with the Toyota Atlantic Championship, the two &support races will provide a wealth of entertainment for race fans in the &Rocky Mountain region."
A crowd of more than 100,000 people is expected for the inaugural Grand Prix of Denver, which will be run on a 1.65-mile, nine-turn circuit winding around Pepsi Center in downtown Denver.