Daytona schedules 1996 IMSA finale

Daytona Schedules Three-Hour IMSA Finales on Oct. 4-6 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 6) -- Daytona International Speedway and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials announced today that the final event of the 1996...

Daytona Schedules Three-Hour IMSA Finales on Oct. 4-6

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 6) -- Daytona International Speedway and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials announced today that the final event of the 1996 IMSA schedule -- including a $200,000 curtain closer for the Exxon World SportsCar Championship and Supreme GT Series -- will be held on Daytona's 3.56-mile road course Oct. 4-6. The three days of activity will include the Three-Hour Daytona IMSA Finale for the Exxon World SportsCar Championship and Supreme GT Series for GTS-1 and GTS-2 cars Oct. 6, preceded by a three-hour event for the IMSA Endurance Championship for high performance "showroom stock" sports cars Oct. 5. The weekend will be the second IMSA event contested at Daytona in 1996, following the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona in February. That event boasted the closest finish in the event's history when the team of Wayne Taylor, Scott Sharp and Jim Pace drove their Oldsmobile R&S Mk. 3 to a one minute and 5.518-second victory over the Ferrari 333 SP of Gianpiero Moretti, Max Papis, Didier Theys and Bob Wollek. The Speedway will open for action Oct. 4, with practice for all divisions and qualifying for the four classes competing in the Endurance Championship. The Endurance Championship, which opened its season with the division's inaugural 90-minute race on the high banks of the "World Center of Racing" in February, will run its three-hour finale Oct. 5, following qualifying for the Exxon Series cars. Three-day Super Tickets are on sale now until 5 p.m. Oct. 4. Ticket prices are: * Three-Day Super Ticket $50 (includes admission to infield, grandstand and garage and infield car parking) * Friday, Oct. 4 $5 infield/grandstand; $5 garage upgrade * Saturday, Oct. 5 $15 infield/grandstand; $10 garage upgrade * Sunday, Oct. 6 $25 infield/grandstand; $15 garage upgrade * Infield Car Parking $5 each day * RV Parking $15 each day In addition to the on-track activity the season end awards banquet for the Exxon World SportsCar Championship and Supreme GT Series will be held in conjunction with the Daytona Finale Oct. 7. "As one of the most active and diverse racing facilities in the world, we welcome a second IMSA event, and we are particularly excited that championships in IMSA's two most high- profile series will be decided at Daytona," said Graham. "The World Center of Racing is a logical facility for IMSA to end its season, and we anticipate a thrilling race with the world's greatest road racers and cars." The event was held at Daytona for 16 years before moving to Del Mar, Calif. Daytona last hosted the IMSA Finale in 1986, when Bob Tullius and Chip Robinson won the Eastern Airlines 3-Hour in a Group 44 Jaguar XJR-7 GTP car. In the 1981 Camel GT 250, that year's final IMSA event, John Paul Jr. drove to a thrilling 1.15-second margin of victory over Brian Redman. Through the years a number of legendary IMSA competitors earned victories in the Daytona Finale, including the late Peter Gregg ('73 and '78); Hurley Haywood ('73 and '77), current IMSA championship contender Gianpiero Moretti ('80) and Al Holbert ('83-85). For information on the Daytona IMSA Finale or to order Three-day Super Tickets, call the Daytona International Speedway Ticket Office at (904) 253-RACE (7223) or write to: Ticket Office; Daytona International Speedway; PO Box 2801; Daytona Beach, FL 32120-2801. Super Tickets must be purchased by 5 p.m. on Oct. 4. VISA and MasterCard are accepted as payment for advance ticket orders at Daytona.

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Didier Theys , Scott Sharp , Max Papis , Wayne Taylor , Hurley Haywood , Al Holbert , Brian Redman , Jim Pace , Bob Wollek , Bob Tullius , Chip Robinson , Gianpiero Moretti