Pro Spec Racer series ends

Checkered flag falls on Pro Spec Racer series TOPEKA, Kan. (May 21, 2003) -- SCCA Pro Racing announced today that it has cancelled the remainder of the 2003 Pro Spec Racer series. The series initially appeared in 1985 with a Renault power...

Checkered flag falls on Pro Spec Racer series

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 21, 2003) -- SCCA Pro Racing announced today that it has cancelled the remainder of the 2003 Pro Spec Racer series.

The series initially appeared in 1985 with a Renault power plant and was re-introduced with Ford power in 1994. Once part of a successful SCCA Pro Racing feature weekend package, that also included the Trans-Am, World Challenge and Formula Ford 2000, the series high profile event opportunities have largely fallen by the wayside to series with more fan appeal or sponsorship dollars, often required to help offset event promoter costs.

"Unfortunately, the Pro Spec Racer series has run its course as a viable professional racing series," said Mitch Wright, SCCA Pro Racing Vice President and General Manager. "We've tried to alter the series' business model several times to reflect the lack of support from promoters and sponsors, but that has resulted in reduced support from participants, and we have no other choice but to cease the series' operations.

"Spec Racers continue to be SCCA Club Racing's biggest class, and with over 800 cars in existence, will likely remain so for years to come. However, without the support of event promoters, sponsorship dollars and participants, we cannot logically continue the Pro series."

SCCA Pro Racing has informed all participants entered in the event scheduled for May 24-25 at Buttonwillow Raceway Park.

Shawn Morrison won the final Pro Spec Racer event in the series history this past Saturday, May 17, at Mosport International Raceway.

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