15 April, 1997 EXXON SUPREME GT SERIES PRESENTED BY VIRGIN INTERACTIVE NEWS NEW RVO CAMARO -- The Rock Valley Oil & Chemical team with drivers Roger Schramm and Stu Hayner are debuting a new Chevrolet Camaro in the Exxon Supreme GTS-1 division.
15 April, 1997 EXXON SUPREME GT SERIES PRESENTED BY VIRGIN INTERACTIVE NEWS
NEW RVO CAMARO -- The Rock Valley Oil & Chemical team with drivers Roger Schramm and Stu Hayner are debuting a new Chevrolet Camaro in the Exxon Supreme GTS-1 division. The team sat out Sebring to concentrate on finishing the new car. The previous car carried the team to victory in last season's Daytona Finale and earned Schramm the GTS-1 Most Improved Driver award.
BMWS NEW 4-DOOR & COLORS -- The Prototype Technology Group BMW M3 team is introducing a new BMW M3 four-door sedan in the Exxon Supreme GTS-3 division. The entry is in direct support of BMW's marketing strategy for the new M3 four-door sedan production car. We have been working hard to make world-class performance accessible to real people in their daily lives,2 said Erik Wensberg, Brand Manager, BMW of North America ... Two of the team's three cars will feature new colors. Yokohama Tire Corporation has stepped up its support of the team and the #6 2-door M3 entered for Tom Hessert and Javier Quiros, as well as the #10 4-door M3 entered for Bill Auberlen and Derek Hill will each feature a red, white and black Yokohama color scheme. The #7 2-door M3 of Dieter Quester and Marc Duez continues with Red Bull/Fina/Yokohama sponsorship ... The PTG team has won six consecutive GTS-3 races and is tied for second in all-time win streaks for the class. A win at Road Atlanta will tie the team for first in consecutive wins in the class.
MAXWELL/PRIESTLEY TEAM --The Multimatic Motorsports team announced on Monday that Jason Priestley will join Scott Maxwell in the team1s Ford Mustang Cobra to contest the remainder of the 1997 GTS-1 series. The all-Canadian team, Priestley is from Vancouver, while Maxwell and Multimatic are based in Ontario, spent four days testing last week at Putnam Park.
BLACK MAGIC PRO SERIES NEWS A full field of newly-bodied World Sports Racers are entered for this weekend's race. Many of the 23 entries have fond memories of Road Atlanta, but probably not as much as Riobi Racing's John Mirachi. For it was at the 1992 Runoffs at Road Atlanta that he first met his wife, Shari. One year later, back at Road Atlanta for the 1993 event, John and Shari got married. Mirachi, who team's with Bob Rockwood this season, promised Shari he'd win his race as a wedding present. He didn1t then, but he's hoping to remedy the situation this weekend.
SPEEDVISION CUP NEWS -- Derek Hill, son of 1961 World Champion Phil Hill, returns to the SPEEDVISION Cup for Stock SportsCars series Saturday in the J.J. Crisps BMW 328is co-driven by owner Jeff McMillin. McMillin leads the Sports class points after two races; he and Hill finished second at Sebring -- the only one of three races that weekend which Hill did not win. Marietta's Jack Baldwin returns to the SPEEDVISION Cup series as new lead driver in the #12 Wheel To Wheel Racing Pontiac Firebird Formula. Baldwin shares the ride with new Marietta driver, Jimmy Chamberlin, who debuted at Sebring in a Porsche. Baldwin drove Camaros in the series from 1986-89 with a best finish of second here in 89. The 1997 BMW Z3 roadster which debuted at Sebring returns to a race closer to home. The car is owned by Mark Hughes of Spartanburg, SC, and is sponsored by the BMW Manufacturing plant in Spartanburg where the Z3 is built. A bus load of BMW employees are here this weekend to watch Hughes and co-driver, Wayne Lockhart. Gainesville's Terry Earwood, the 1996 Touring class champion and winningest driver in the history of the series, now has a full-time ride for the season with B-P Racing in a Honda Prelude Si. Earwood will drive alongside one of his Skip Barber Racing School graduates, Paul Arnold of Franklin, TN. Andy Pilgrim, the 1995 Grand Sports class champion, has joined Beverly Hills 90210 actor Jason Priestley in the Triple Caution Racing Ford SVT Mustang Cobra R. Pilgrim will try to extend his all-time SportsCar record of 91 consecutive race finishes in six SportsCar series. The major portion of that record is 42 consecutive finishes in Endurance Championship races. Pilgrim's last failure to finish in any SportsCar race was at the 1992 Watkins Glen 24-hour. Pilgrim shares the Grand Sports class points lead with Priestley, and the Exxon Supreme GTS-1 points lead with car owner and co-driver Jochen Rohr. The Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo makes its first appearance in the Grand Sports class. The Nissan is owned by and prepared by 1994 Touring class champion David Daughtery. Drivers are 1995 Compact champion Kris Skavnes and 1996 Compact co-champ Peter Tonelli. Daughtery has a non-turbo Nissan 300ZX in the Sports class for Atlanta's Hugh Johnson with Kris Wilson. Two Nissan 200SX's are in the Compact class, one for Daughtery with John Phillips, the other for 1986 Grand Sports champion Buddy Norton, teamed with Ed Magner.