CHAMPCAR/CART: Trans-Am, Atlantic return to Long Beach in 2002

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Two fan-favorite support races -- the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup and the Toyota Atlantic Championship -- have been added to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend, April 12-14, 2002. They'll join...

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Two fan-favorite support races -- the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup and the Toyota Atlantic Championship -- have been added to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend, April 12-14, 2002.

They'll join the CART FedEx Championship Series and the popular Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at the 28th Annual event on the famed seaside street circuit.

The Toyota Atlantic Championship returns for its 11th appearance on the streets of Long Beach. Celebrating its 14th year as one of the world's premier open-wheel development series, Toyota Atlantic 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. David Rutledge won the 2001 Toyota Atlantic race at Long Beach.

The 12-race Trans-Am Series, the nation's longest-running road racing series, is operated by the Panoz/Sanchez Group and sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing. Among the country's top "muscle car" marques showcased in the series are Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Corvettes, Dodge Vipers and Jaguar XKRs. Lou Gigliotti was the 2001 race champion, while Paul Gentilozzi is the defending BFGoodrich Tires Cup series titleholder.

"We are extremely happy to bring back the Toyota Atlantic Championship &and Trans-Am Series for our race weekend," said Jim Michaelian, chief &operating officer of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, which &operates the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. "These two events have, &historically, proven to be enormously entertaining and popular over the &years."

For tickets or race information about the 28th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, call (888) 82-SPEED, or visit the official race Web site at www.longbeachgp.com.

-TGPLB-

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Series ATLANTIC , INDYCAR , SCCA , TRANSAM