ROAD ATLANTA AND SEBRING INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY ADDED TO BFGOODRICH TIRES TRANS-AM SERIES 1999 SCHEDULE
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In a return to its roots, the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series has added Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla. -- location of the first-ever Trans-Am race -- to its 1999 schedule, the first time the series has competed at Sebring since 1968. Also added to the 1999 calendar is Road Atlanta, in Braselton, Ga., boosting the series' schedule to 12 events with still more dates to be added. "Our continuing goal is to develop a BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am schedule with the best possible mix of venues for our fans, sponsors, promoters, competitors and manufacturers," said Scott Rittinger, Trans-Am Series General Manager. "The addition of the Road Atlanta and Sebring weekends are positive steps forward in re-establishing the preeminence of North America's longest-running road racing series." The Road Atlanta BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am weekend, slated for July 23-25, will be Round Six, two weeks after the Texaco/Havoline 200 weekend at Road America, July 9-10, and the first of a three-week mid-season stretch that also includes Le Grand Prix Player's de Trois-Rivieres in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada, July 30-August 1, and the Tenneco Detroit Grand Prix, August 6-7. The Trans-Am has competed at Road Atlanta 10 times dating to 1973, with the most recent contest held in 1995. The BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am-headlined Sebring weekend, October 15-17, will be the 12th race on the schedule, three weeks after the Texaco Houston Grand Prix, September 24-25. "The return of the Trans-Am to Sebring is a real boost to our fall schedule, and we're very pleased to provide additional road racing events to our fans," said Mike Swaine, Sebring International Raceway Executive Director. Jochen Rindt, driving an Alfa-GTA, won the inaugural Trans-Am at Sebring in March, 1966. Bob Tullius, in a Dodge Dart, finished second overall to win the Over 2-Liter class. "We have a knowledgeable, growing fan base at Road Atlanta that will be delighted to have the Trans-Am back after a three-year absence," added Tres Stephenson, Road Atlanta Executive Director.
Revised 1999 BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series Schedule* Race Date Event/Venue April 18 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif. May 23 Mosport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada May 31 Dodge Dealers Grand Prix, Lime Rock Park, Lime Rock, Conn. June 6 The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio July 10 The Texaco/Havoline 200 Weekend, Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. July 25 Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga. August 1 Le Grand Prix Player's de Trois-Rivieres, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada August 7 Tenneco Detroit Grand Prix, Detroit, Mich. August 29 West Michigan Grand Prix, Grand Rapids, Mich. September 19 Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain, Colo. September 25 The Texaco Houston Grand Prix, Houston, Texas October 17 Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Fla.
Source: SCCA/SCCA Pro Racing/USRRC