USRRC FORMED TO UNIFY NORTH AMERICAN ROAD RACING
NEW YORK (October 2, 1997) -- The United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) has been created to unify North American road racing. The USRRC evolved through a series of meetings involving the United States' leading road racing track promoters, motorsports entrants and principals of SCCA Pro Racing, Ltd. The USRRC will operate as a coalition authority for two new championships -- the Can-Am and a GT series -- as well as the NTB Trans-Am championship. The SCCA World Challenge will be unified with current street stock classes, benefitting from simplified rules and an enhanced schedule. "The United States Road Racing Championship unifies professional sports car racing and will be the cornerstone for future growth," said Rob Dyson. "Road racing today begins a period of stability, growth and a return to prominence thanks to the vision and vigilance of these North American promoters, future USRRC entrants and SCCA Pro Racing." "I've long advocated that unification of the road racing franchise was essential to strengthing it so as to compete successfully in today's market," said Nicholas W. Craw, SCCA, Inc. president and CEO. "The door is now open for a new era of North American professional sports car racing." Work has already begun on a 1998 schedule and a rules package for the new series -- based on existing competition regulations for open cockpit sports cars and the international GT code. The rules package will be announced within the next three weeks. "The Can-Am is the most heralded name in the history of sports car racing," said John Bishop, who will be involved in the formation of the new Can-Am. "A Can-Am/Trans-Am/GT weekend offers motorsports fans the ultimate weekend of professional road racing entertainment and is the combination promoters have long sought to revive the popularity of sports car weekends." A separate governance board is being created that will operate independently from the Sports Car Club of America's existing administration and will be comprised of entrants, promoters and SCCA representatives.
Those in attendance included:
Skip Barber, president, Lime Rock Park; John Bishop, Founder, International Motor Sports Association; Nicholas W. Craw, president & CEO, SCCA, Inc.; Rob Dyson, WSC entrant; William France Jr., Daytona International Speedway; Dan Greenwood, president & CEO, SCCA Pro Racing, Ltd.; Al Greibling, circuit manager, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course; Jim Haynes, president, Road America; Jim Kanely, president, Road Atlanta; Garrett Mudd, executive director, Sprint PCS Grand Prix of Minnesota; Mike Rand, general manager, Lime Rock Park; Les Richter, Chairman, Trans-Am Council; Ralph Sanchez, president & CEO, Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex; John Saunders, president, Watkins Glen International; John Stornetta, general manager, Laguna Seca.