MANEN MENDEZ IS AGT'S OVERALL WINNER AT AUTODROMO

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (Dec. 3, 2006) -- Manen Mendez gave a clinic on consistently fast racing and was the overall winner of the American GT Challenge race at Autodromo Las Americas Sunday.

All AGT events consist of two heat races. Mendez won the first and finished second in the nightcap, earning 22 points for the weekend. Mendez, racing in his home country, won two of the last four heats of the AGT season after winning once during the Ponce Grand Prix in Puerto Rico.

Edison Lluch clinched his second consecutive AGT championship by finishing fourth overall in the races around the 1.6-mile Autodromo venue. Lluch edged his son, Edison Lluch Jr., for the title.

Luis Rafael Mendez, another Dominican speedster, finished second in the overall scoring at Santo Domingo. Canada's Charlie Webster was third. Lluch Jr., the AGT 2006 Rookie of the Year, finished fourth but did not gather enough points to beat his Dad.

The American GT Challenge series raced in four nations in 2006: Canada, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and in the U.S. The AGT program matches American muscle cars from various series and allows them to race on an even basis.

The younger Lluch finished second to Mendez in the first heat. Webster was third, followed by Luis Rafael Mendez and Kenny Bupp (USA).

The second heat featured a thrilling duel between the Lluch drivers before the defending series champ won the race and clinched his second title. Manen Mendez finished second, followed by Luis Rafael Mendez, Chago Domenech (Puerto Rico) and Webster.

More information on the American GT Challenge is available at www.americangt.com.

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