SportsCarFAX Vol. 2, No. 13 6 June, 1997 FOX SPORTS NET LIVE TELECAST OF GT RACE AT TOSHIBA CALIFORNIA GRAND PRIX The Exxon Supreme GT Series presented by Virgin Interactive race at Sears Point on July 13 will be covered live on...
SportsCarFAX Vol. 2, No. 13
6 June, 1997
FOX SPORTS NET LIVE TELECAST OF GT RACE AT TOSHIBA CALIFORNIA GRAND PRIX
The Exxon Supreme GT Series presented by Virgin Interactive race at Sears Point on July 13 will be covered live on FOX Sports Net. The event, part of the Toshiba Copiers & Fax California Grand Prix weekend, marks the first live coverage of a motorsports event by the 48 million home network of regional affiliates. "We are excited that FOX has chosen SportsCar for their debut of live race coverage," said Andrew Evans, Chairman of SportsCar, "FOX has proven to be an innovator in sports programming and we look forward to working together to build an exciting program." ... The Exxon World SportsCar Championship race from Sears Point will be shown live on Speedvision, with a tape-delayed highlight show on FOX Sports Net''s Motorsports Hour by Chevrolet, beginning on July 30. Speedvision coverage of the Toshiba-sponsored weekend also includes taped coverage of the SPEEDVISION Cup and Black Magic Pro Series.
COUNTDOWN TO THE TOSHIBA COPIERS & FAX CALIFORNIA GRAND PRIX
JULY 11-13, 1997 --
HOSPITALITY -- SportsCar is making available two separate turnkey hospitality programs for teams and sponsors. Each program is designed to provide the special amenities, atmosphere, and catering normally available just for larger groups. Contact Bob Holland, Director of Account Services at SportsCar (813) 877-4672, ext. 240.
MORETTI RACING AT LE MANS-- Moretti Racing, winners at Lime Rock on Memorial Day for the fourth year in a row, have announced the driver line up for this month's 24 Hours of Le Mans. Team owner Gianpiero Moretti will be joined by Didier Theys and Max Papis in Moretti's Ferrari 333 SP. Moretti first raced at Le Mans in 1970 driving a Ferrari 512T, while Papis has never raced at the historic circuit. Theys is a seven-time Le Mans competitor, earning the pole last season in a Joest Porsche. Theys prequalified the Moretti Racing Ferrari second in class and fifth overall ... "I believe we will be the outsider, or dark horse, of the event. Everyone will be watching the Porsches, McLarens and the Nissans. We will be this little private team that will be like David against Goliath," said Moretti. "We went to prequalifying to check consumption, tire testing and didn't change the aerodynamics, nothing, not even a spring, and we did very well. We believe we can do even better at the real qualifying. The biggest job for me will be to speak to my co-drivers like a father. I will advise them of what to do and what not to do."
FERRARI CHALLENGE NEWS -- The next race for the 1997 Ferrari Challenge is the Grand Prix of Canada, June 13-16, part of the Formula One weekend at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. The series made its first visit to the Montreal circuit last season, when a season high 27 cars entered the race. Peter Sachs took the win over Paul Frame, who finished just ahead of eventual series champion Steve Earle. Earle, who leads the 1997 driver point standings, was fastest qualifier in 1996, while Tom Papadopoulos, currently second in the point standings, set the 1996 race's fastest lap.
SPEEDVISION CUP NEWS --
Mark Hughes, owner of the Team Spartanburg BMW Z3 that competes in the Compact class, will be displaying his BMW at the TNN Salute to Motorsports at Opryland, June 25-29. Hughes, along with Nashville resident Owen Trinkler, who drove the Hughes' BMW and Fabian Dressler's Buick Kudzu at Watkins Glen, will be representing SportsCar at the event.
To make it easier for spectators, teams and officials to distinguish the four classes of SPEEDVISION Cup cars, color-coded window tints were introduced at Watkins Glen
Grand Sports: SPEEDVISION in red on white background
Sports: SPEEDVISION in white on a red background
Touring: SPEEDVISION in black on a white background
Sports: SPEEDVISION in white on a black background
ANNOUNCEMENTS -- Congratulations to SportsCar drivers that have become recent proud fathers: Chuck Goldsborough and his wife, Mary, celebrated the birth of their first child, Nigel, on Wednesday, May 28. Chuck reports Nigel weighed in at 7 lbs, 5 oz, "without Nomex and helmet." ... James Weaver's wife, Sylvie, had the couple's second daughter Thursday, June 5. The newest Weaver weighed 8 lbs, 6 oz.
FIA GT NEWS -- Finnish native JJ Lehto made the home crowd happy as he shared the winning McLaren F1 with Steve Soper in the three-hour FIA GT race on the streets of Helsinki, May 25. The win is the second of the season for the Lehto/Soper team. Second place went to the Roock Porsche 911 GT1 of Ralf Kellners and Stephane Ortelli, with third place going to the John Neilsen/Thomas Bscher Gulf McLaren. The GT2 win went to the Roock Racing Porsche 911 of Claudia Hurtgen, Bruno Eichman and Ni Amorin. The next round of the FIA GT Championship is June 29 at Germany's Nurburgring.
RIDES AVAILABLE --
Exxon World SportsCar Championship
Davin Racing/BMW Argo-P, Edd Davin, (757) 721-7300 TRV Motorsports/Chevy Kudzu, Tom Volk, (419) 535-5665
Exxon Supreme GT Series
Kent Racing/Chevy Monte Carlo, Kent Painter (970) 493-8474 Kryderacing/Nissan 240SX, Sandy Kryder (888) 854-4889 LG Motorsports/Ford Mustang, Scott Carpenter (972) 272-7864 Pro-Technik/Porsche 911, Sam Shalala (281) 879-8861 Porsche 911, David Friedman (800) 221-7666
Hacker Express/Ford Mustang Cobra R Oldsmobile Achieva S, Paul Hacker (518) 758-9412 SpeedSource/Mazda RX-7 Turbo, Sylvain Tremblay (954) 481-8331 Phoenix-American Pontiac Firebird Formula, Joe Aquilante (610) 933-0608