Addition of Road Atlanta Brings '05 Speed World Challenge Schedule To 11 Races TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 10, 2004) -- For the first time in series' history, both the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT and Touring Car Championships will run 11...
Addition of Road Atlanta Brings '05 Speed World Challenge Schedule To 11 Races
TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 10, 2004) -- For the first time in series' history, both the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT and Touring Car Championships will run 11 races in 2005, with the addition of the April 15-17 Grand Prix of Atlanta at Road Atlanta.
"We're very pleased to return to Road Atlanta in 2005, adding a great venue and market to what was already our best schedule in the 15-year SPEED World Challenge history," SCCA Pro Racing Vice President and General Manager Mitch Wright said. "Moving to the April American Le Mans Series date is also beneficial to our teams and sponsors, as it is a traditional 'weekend' event format."
Road Atlanta was originally listed on the 2005 calendar as to-be-announced, with the possibility of returning to either the Petit Le Mans date in October or joining the new April date. The 2005 weekend will be the 13th trip for the series to the winding Braselton, Ga. circuit in 12 years.
"The World Challenge series has a rich history at Road Atlanta, and we are very pleased that the SCCA has been able to add our event to their schedule," Road Atlanta Geoff Lee said. "Our fans always enjoy the World Challenge races, and having them as part of the Grand Prix of Atlanta weekend will be a bonus for all."
Traditionally a 10-race Championship, the series expands to 11 different events in 2005 for the first time since its 1990 inception. In 2002, the SPEED Touring Car Championship held 11 races, but at 10 venues as it visited Mosport International Raceway twice.
"The 11-race schedule is a direct reflection of the series' growth throughout North America," Wright added. "We are now holding 90 percent of our U.S. events in top-32 markets, and, most importantly, there is a high demand by promoters to include us into others."
Wright does not foresee any further changes to the 2005 calendar.
Regarded as the most relevant and top production car road racing series in the world, the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Championships are broken into two distinct sub-series that run separately from one another--SCCA SPEED GT and SCCA SPEED Touring Car. Each Championship is run in a 50-minute "sprint" race format, featuring recognizable cars, world-class drivers and standing starts. For more information about the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Championships, please visit www.world-challenge.com.
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