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ST. CROIX EVENT UP NEXT, TRACK CONSTRUCTION NEARS COMPLETION: The rebirth of Le Circuit Ste. Croix is nearly complete, as the Speedvision World Challenge readies for the August 18-20 weekend. The circuit, set just outside Quebec City in...

ST. CROIX EVENT UP NEXT, TRACK CONSTRUCTION NEARS COMPLETION: The rebirth of Le Circuit Ste. Croix is nearly complete, as the Speedvision World Challenge readies for the August 18-20 weekend. The circuit, set just outside Quebec City in St. Croix, features a short, 1.1-mile, 11-turn road course which utilizes 80 percent of a 5/8-mile oval. The track is rested in a hillside along the banks of the Ste. Laurent River. "There were initially some stumbling blocks in track approval, but the promoter committed to and carried out the necessary improvements," said Mitch Wright, Speedvision World Challenge General Manager. "The remaining pavement has been laid in the last two days, and all the necessary barriers were completed last week." The Speedvision World Challenge Championships will serve as the lead show for the only time in 2000 at St. Croix -- the first event at the site since the 1978 Formula Atlantic race won by Keke Rosberg.

FORMER TRANS-AM STAR RAUB BACK IN DRIVERS SEAT FOR ST. CROIX: Bob Raub, who was a Trans-Am front runner in the early-80s, will return to professional racing for the first time since the 1990 Denver Grand Prix, driving the No. 47 Chevrolet Corvette C5 at St. Croix normally piloted by J. Bob Taylor. Raub, of Littleton, Colo., is the principle of 3R Automotive -- an Englewood, Colo.-based race car manufacturer which built the stars and stripes No. 47 C5 as well as its No. 73 McClure Construction/ Aggregate Industries Corvette C5 driven by rookie Phil McClure. A conflict with Taylor's schedule opened up the seat for Raub at St. Croix. "With Bob [Taylor] unable to make St. Croix, 3R felt that it was a good time to use the event as a test weekend," said Raub, who sat on the pole in his second-ever Trans-Am race (Portland, 1980). "The more input and knowledge we can get out of these cars, the better. Plus it's a good opportunity for me to get back into professional racing." Raub teamed-up with Gordy Oftedahl in the Trans-Am series as well as IMSA GTO competition. The duo worked together to score numerous top finishes, including a win at the 1982 Road America Pabst 500. Raub has been competing in vintage events in recent years.

TEAM TECH RACING INKS E-SPORTS.COM FOR REMAINDER OF SEASON; SUPPORTS "RACING FOR RAINBOW" PROGRAM: Team Tech Racing and e-sports.com have reached a sponsorship agreement for the remainder of the season on the No. 22 Valvoline/e-sports.com Porsche 911 GT3 Cup driven by leading Rookie of the Year candidate Scott Bove. Additionally, the sponsorship will continue through the 2001 Rolex 24 At Daytona, in which the team plans to compete. "We are proud to have the support of e-sports.com for the balance of the year and for our endurance racing plans at the end of the year," said Bove. "They came to us in late spring with a support proposal for one race [Mosport]. The team gave them Lime Rock as a thank you and in return, we end up with a primary sponsor for the year. We are very pleased." Additionally, Team Tech Racing has become involved in the "Racing For The Rainbow" program, which will raise financial assistance and awareness for disadvantaged children and youth development through the raffle of a 2000 Porsche 911 Coupe donated by Stoddard Imported Cars or $50,000 cash. In conjunction with Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital/University Hospitals of Cleveland, NFL Alumni Cleveland Chapter, Caring for Kids, The Make a Wish Foundation and the Northern Mariana Sports Challenge 2000, Team Tech will sell a total of 2000 tickets for the raffle at $100/each. "I now have the opportunity to make a difference for these children to help them reach their 'rainbow,'" added Bove. "With the support of our sponsors and the motorsports family we will make a difference." For ticket information, contact Gary Christopher at (440) 933-7258.

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Series PWC , Trans-Am
Drivers Keke Rosberg , Phil McClure , Bob Taylor