RACE: DC Region 2003 Summit Point schedule

Washington DC, SCCA announces 2003 Summit Point season. January 7, 2003, Washington DC: The Washington DC Region of the Sports Car Club of America announced today that, during 2003, it would hold seven race and two instructional weekends at...

Washington DC, SCCA announces 2003 Summit Point season.

January 7, 2003, Washington DC: The Washington DC Region of the Sports Car Club of America announced today that, during 2003, it would hold seven race and two instructional weekends at Summit Point Raceway, Summit Point WV. The 2003 season marks the thirty-fifth consecutive year that DC Region's club racing activities have been based in the lower Shenandoah Valley. Two charity weekends are part of the schedule -- June 14/15 and Labor Day weekend.

The racing season kicks off on April 5-6 with the 3rd Annual Capitol National. This is the area's only qualifying race for the Valvoline Runoffs. Some of the top amateur racers in the United States will be at Summit Point and hoping to score the valuable points needy to qualify for the Olympics of automobile racing. The weekend is popular with the competitors and is one of the largest national races held on the Eastern Seaboard.

The twenty-eighth season of the Mid-Atlantic Road Racing Series (MARRS) begins on April 26-27. The MARRS Championship has been described as the best road racing east of the Mississippi. A typical MARRS event draws over 250 cars to Summit Point. In 2003, the MARRS Championship will be at Summit Point a total of five weekends -- April 26/27, June 14/15, July 26/27, Labor Day Weekend and Oct 11/12.

The Region will also host the largest amateur endurance race in the United States on May 30-31. Over fifty teams from across the country are expected to compete in the Fifth Annual 12 Hours at the Point, an endurance race for sports cars and sedans. The grueling 12-hour endurance race pits the teams against, not only the other competitors, but also the clock. For many teams, the challenge is not to win their class, but to survive the full 12 hours.

The 3rd Annual Racing for Reading MARRS will be held June 14/15. The event benefits the South Jefferson County Public Library and has several thousand dollars for the library. "We're very proud to help the library raise funds," said Chuck Allard, RE for the Region. Allard added that "The Region is part of the community nine weekends each year and giving something back to the area is an important contribution."

All DC Region events will take place rain or shine and are open to spectators. For more information, call Summit Point Raceway at (304) 725-8444.

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