CONTACT: Greg Rubenstein, SCCA Pro Racing, (303) 694-7223
SCCA PRO RACING TAKES TO THE STREETS OF ST. PETERSBURG FOR THE KASH N KARRY FLORIDA GRAND PRIX WEEKEND, FEBRUARY 23-25
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (Feb. 14, 1996) The streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., will play host for the season-opener of SCCA Pro Racing s Trans-Am Championship and World Challenge, February 23-25, during the Kash N Karry Florida Grand Prix Weekend. The weekend is headlined by Sunday s 100.8-mile Trans-Am race, while the World Challenge debuts a new class structure featuring international GT-2 machinery in one of two Saturday feature races. Four other SCCA Pro Racing series kick off their seasons as part of the Kash N Karry Florida Grand Prix weekend, with the United States Formula Ford 2000 racing Saturday, Feb. 24, while the Neon Challenge and the Barber Dodge Pro Series race Sunday, Feb. 25. The Spec Racer Ford Pro Series also makes its 1996 debut on Sunday, capping off the weekend with the 31-lap, 49.6-mile AT&T/AT&T Wireless Services Spec Racer Ford Pro Series race. Beginning their quest for the 1996 Trans-Am Drivers Championship are many of North America s best road racers, including two-time and returning Champion Tom Kendall, in the Roush Racing All Sport Body Quencher Ford Mustang Cobra. Kendall is joined by his teammates Jon Gooding and Roush s newest addition, Boris Said. Other top Ford drivers include Dale Phelon in the Carlin Combustion Mustang Cobra, 1989 Champion Dorsey Schroeder, in the Raybestos Mustang Cobra and his Gloy Racing teammate Brian Simo, in the Valvoline Mustang Cobra. In the Chevrolet camp, three-time series runner-up Ron Fellows is back in a Camaro fielded by the American Equipment Racing team. Fellow s car carries sponsorship from Sunoco, while his teammate Jamie Galles will campaign in the ICI/Glidden Camaro. Other Chevrolet entries include Rocketsport s Paul Gentilozzi and Bill Saunders in a pair of HighwayMaster Camaros, two-time Trans-Am titlist and 1996 24 Hours of Daytona winner Scott Sharp, in the Pickett Racing Cytomax Camaro and 1978 Champion Greg Pickett, in the Rain-X/Cytomax Camaro. The Kash N Karry Florida Grand Prix Trans-Am Championship race, slated for Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m., will be broadcast on The Nashville Network (TNN) with same-day, tape-delayed coverage, beginning at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern). Saturday s World Challenge Sports Class race will be highlighted not only by the debut of new entries built to FIA/ACO (Le Mans) rules but also by the return of Home Improvement TV star Tim Allen, racing a Saleen Mustang with the Saleen/Allen RRR Racing team. Allen won t be the only celebrity racer during the Kash N Karry Florida Grand Prix a host of TV stars will be on hand to test their skill in the Neon Celebrity Series, part of the Neon Challenge race. Celebrities scheduled to appear include Grant Show and Perry King of Melrose Place, Mark Paul Gosselaar of Saved By The Bell - The College Years, Alfonso Ribiero of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Sean Patrick Flanery from The Young Indiana Jones.
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