Foo, Espenlaub Reach Out To Fans, Attract New Portland Spectators At Seattle Import Show SEATTLE, Wash. (August 5, 2001) -- With 29 hours to spare between the Saturday SCCA Pro Racing Speedvision World Challenge Touring Car qualifying session...
Foo, Espenlaub Reach Out To Fans, Attract New Portland Spectators At Seattle Import Show
SEATTLE, Wash. (August 5, 2001) -- With 29 hours to spare between the Saturday SCCA Pro Racing Speedvision World Challenge Touring Car qualifying session and Sunday race at Portland International Raceway, drivers Roger Foo and Charles Espenlaub paid 20,000 import car fans a visit 170 miles away in Seattle.
In a joint effort between Foo Fighters Racing, AWR/Promotive, the Speedvision Touring Car Championship, Mazda and Toyo Tires, the brand-new, never raced No. 88 Griffin Motorwerke Honda Civic Si of Foo and Espenlaub's No. 96 5Zigen/JT Designs/AWR Mazda Protege ES were transported to the Hot Import Nights Import Revolution show held at the Seattle Stadium Expo Center across the street from the new Safeco Field.
The show features both domestic and import cars with the latest aftermarket parts available to the public, as well as some one-off designs. A relaxed, party-like atmosphere is reinforced by a giant Mazda stage with some of the latest hip hop sounds spun by numerous dee-jays.
The Foo and Espenlaub teams displayed their cars in the Toyo and Mazda booths, respectively, handing out discount coupons for Sunday's Portland International Raceway event, featuring first the Speedvision GT Championship, the American Le Mans Series and and the Speedvision Touring Car Championship -- The Official Racing Series of the Sports Compact Revolution. Many of the fans, with ages ranging mostly in the 16-25 year old range, already knew the drivers and the cars.
"We had people come up to us and say 'isn't that car supposed to be in Portland this weekend?'" said Jim Jordan, co-owner of the Protege. "Several came up and said 'I saw that car on the track this morning in Portland, how'd you guys do?'"
Foo, who has built a huge fan base for running his familiar yellow Honda Civic Hatchback in the top five on a limited budget, took the opportunity to display his new car, which will hit the track September 7 at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca. He saw the opportunity to participate in the show as an opportunity to reach out to a huge pool of potential race fans.
"This is great," said Foo. "We should have done this a long time ago. We need to make sure we do this any time we can from here on out."
The SCCA Pro Racing Speedvision World Challenge, Vision Entertainment (promoter of the Hot Import Nights series) and Mazda have worked together to put on the Hot Import Day at the Track, September 8 at Mazda Raceway, part of the Grand Prix of Monterey, which will be the first combined racing event/import show. For more information on the Hot Import Nights or the Hot Import Day at the Track, visit www.hotimportnights.com.