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AGT: Champion Lluch receives FIPA honor

AGT CHAMPION EDISON LLUCH IS FOURTH IN FIPA VOTING SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (Dec. 12, 2006) -- The honors keep piling up for American GT Inter-Americas Cup Challenge champion Edison Lluch. ...

AGT CHAMPION EDISON LLUCH IS FOURTH IN FIPA VOTING

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (Dec. 12, 2006) -- The honors keep piling up for American GT Inter-Americas Cup Challenge champion Edison Lluch.

Lluch, who has won the last two AGT titles, finished fourth in the voting for the Driver of the Year by the Federacion Interamericana de Peroidistas del Automovil. It marks the second straight year Lluch has finished in the top five of the poll.

The FIPA organization is made up of reporters covering news pertaining to automobiles. Its membership includes reporters based in nations ranging from Chile to Canada. The group's awards dinner will be held in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, on Dec. 12.

Tony Febles, the AGT's Chief Operations Officer, will present the FIPA awards. Febles was selected as a presenter for the evening because of his standing within the racing community in the Carribbean region and because of the high regard with which FIPA holds the AGT program. In addition, Febles' father, Diego Febles, will receive a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to racing in the region.

"This is indeed a great honor for the AGT," said Tony Febles "The recognition throughout the Americas is growing for the Inter-Americas Cup Challenge."

The Inter-Americas Cup series matches American muscle cars, from several different series, in equal competition. The typical starting grid includes Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Corvettes and Camaros and Oldsmobile Cutlasses. The cars come from the SCCA's GT1 class, the old Trans Am Series and other sports car programs. The AGT holds races throughout the Americas.

Each AGT event includes two heat races and each weekend's overall winner is determined from a points system, based on the finishes in the heat races, qualifying and other awards.

Lluch finished his AGT season with two overall wins, five heat victories and a series-leading 10 top ten finishes in heat races.

Formula Three Britianica star Rodolfo Gonzales was voted FIPA Driver of the Year, narrowly defeating Sebastian Bourdais. Felipe Massa was third. Marco Andretti, the IndyCar star, finished seventh in the voting.

"If you are going to slip a little in the balloting Felipe is the guy you want displacing you," Lluch joked.

Edison Lluch Jr., the AGT Rookie of the Year, second-place finisher in the standings and son of the two-time champion, will pickup his AGT awards and the same dinner. Axel 'Chen' Rodriguez, who was the Crew Chief for both Lluch cars, will receive the AGT Crew Chief of the Year Award as well.

More information on the American GT Inter-Americas Cup Challenge is available at www.americangt.com.

-credit: agt

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