SCCS: 2003 schedule and series plans announced

Stock Car Championship Series 2003 and beyond. Rocky Mount, VA - After a four-month off season, the Stock Car Championship Series (SCCS) is poised for an exciting second season in 2003. With a schedule including two races with the Grand...

Stock Car Championship Series 2003 and beyond.

Rocky Mount, VA - After a four-month off season, the Stock Car Championship Series (SCCS) is poised for an exciting second season in 2003. With a schedule including two races with the Grand American Rolex Series, SCCS is seeking exposure and finding it.

"It is key that SCCS events include spectators," says Dan Fite, VP Operations for SCCS. "This series was designed to bring new fans to road racing and to do that, we must have spectator events."

The challenge of putting together a spectator-friendly schedule resulted in race venues that were dramatically different from those of the inaugural season.

"We made the decision in 2002 not to release the schedule until all of our 2003 dates were finalized. While we were disappointed that we couldn't reach agreement with some of the venues that were popular with drivers last year, we are extremely excited that this year's season will provide terrific competition that will highlight driver skills and team preparation," Fite said. "I really feel we have raised the bar from last year's season."

SCCS Commissioner Lynnie Doughton pointed out that, although running club-type events such as those in the 2002 season makes for easier scheduling, "that type of event has no benefit to our sponsors, our team's sponsors or ultimately to the series."

SCCS will certainly increase its exposure with this year's schedule. Events at two new facilities, Barber Motorsports Park-in Birmingham, AL and BeaveRun Motorsports Park-in Wampum, PA, along with the Grand American events at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Barber Motorsports Park will place SCCS in front of thousands of sports car fans and bring stock car fans to the road courses.

Where does SCCS go from here? "We are committed to make SCCS the premier professional road racing series in the country" said Doughton. "We knew all along that stock cars had a place in road racing. We have secured quality dates and have lots of new cars being built. Now we focus on the challenges ahead and continue to make steady progress." If SCCS has been this successful in a tough market, the potential for future success is certainly exciting.

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