Record purse for second Trois-Rivieres race

RECORD PURSE FOR ADDITIONAL ATLANTIC RACE HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (May3, 1995) The Player's Ltd./Toyota Atlantic Championship has added a second race during the Grand Prix Player's Ltee de Trois-Rivieres race weekend, bringing the season total to...

RECORD PURSE FOR ADDITIONAL ATLANTIC RACE

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (May3, 1995) The Player's Ltd./Toyota Atlantic Championship has added a second race during the Grand Prix Player's Ltee de Trois-Rivieres race weekend, bringing the season total to 12 races. The additional race will be held Saturday, Aug. 5, in a double-race weekend with the previously announced race on Sunday, Aug. 6.

Prize money for the weekend will be $170,000 US, with a $70,000 purse for Saturday's race and $100,000 for the Sunday race. First-place prize money will be $18,000 on Saturday and $26,000 Sunday. The weekend total of $170,000, the Sunday purse of $100,000 and first-place prize money of $26,000 for Sunday's race are all record payouts for the series.

Full championship points will be awarded for each race.

"We're thrilled to be able to present this record event, especially because it's at the historic Grand Prix de Trois- Rivieres," said Vicki O'Connor, organizer of the Player's Ltd./Toyota Atlantic Championship. "The record prize money, together with Trois-Rivieres' rich racing history and the incredible enthusiasm of the Quebec fans, will make an already great race weekend even more exciting."

Following is the final 1995 Player's Ltd./Toyota Atlantic Championship race schedule:

March 4 Grand Prix of Miami, presented by Toyota April 1 Phoenix International Raceway April 9 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Calif.) April 22 Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway June 3 Milwaukee (Wis.) Mile June 10 Grand Prix Molson du Canada, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal July 15 Molson Indy Toronto Exhibition Place Aug. 5,6 Grand Prix Player's Ltee de Trois-Rivieres (Que.) Aug. 13 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio Sep. 2 Molson Indy Vancouver Concord Pacific Place Sep. 9 Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey (Calif.) Laguna Seca Raceway

The Player's Ltd./Toyota Atlantic Championship is the longest- running and richest open-wheel racing series in North America outside the PPG Indy Car World Series. Now in its 22nd year, the Atlantic series offers total prize and bonus money of more than $1.25 million.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Arley Dealey, Media Officer email : adealey@onramp.net fax : 214/319-2418

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