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Barber Dodge schedule announced ESPN2 again to televise all 12 events; new chassis maker to be named in January By Rick Roso LAKEVILLE, CT, Dec. 23 The Barber Dodge Pro Series released its 12-race 1997 schedule, and also made official that it will announce on January 9 at the Autosport International Show in England the winner of the contract to design and build 35 all new chassis, to be ready for the 1998 season. The 1997 schedule opens February 23 at the Florida Grand Prix in St. Petersburg. Skip Barber said. "Counting the Savannah Indy Lights race, we are at five CART races, four Trans-Am shows, two Trans-Am/IMSA co-headline events and the IMSA Sebring 12-Hour. Im pleased that weve put together another strong, well-spaced schedule at premier events." The series slate shows four new venues: Homestead, Savannah, Minneapolis and Cleveland. espn2 and ESPN International will again broadcast all 12 races, plus a one-hour Rearview Mirror season review. Again like 1996, most Barber Dodges races will air immediately following espn2s Formula 1 telecasts. In preparation for the all-new 1998 Barber Dodge, the Dodge Division of Chrysler will provide pre-production, all-aluminum 3.2-liter V6s (to be introduced in the 1998 Dodge Intrepid passenger car) for use in the existing chassis for 1997. The all-new motor is lighter by 45 pounds, and has more torque and h.p. than the current 3.5-liter.
1997 Barber Dodge Pro Series Schedule
Feb. 23 Florida Grand Prix (Trans-Am) St. Petersburg, Fla. Mar. 15 Sebring 12-Hour (IMSA) Sebring, Fla. Apr. 13 Homestead Motorsports Complex (Trans-Am) Homestead, Fla. May 18 Savannah Harbor Circuit (CART Indy Lights) Savannah, Ga. May 26 Lime Rock Park (IMSA/Trans-Am) Lime Rock, Conn. July 6 Children's Grand Prix (Trans-Am) Minneapolis, Minn. July 13 Burke-Lakefront Airport (CART) Cleveland, Ohio Aug. 10 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (CART) Lexington, Ohio Aug. 17 Road America (CART) Elkhart Lake, Wis. Sept. 7 Laguna Seca Raceway (CART) Monterey, Calif. Oct. 19 Reno Grand Prix (Trans-Am) Reno, Nev. Oct. 26(T) Laguna Seca Raceway (IMSA/Trans-Am) Monterey, Calif. /end