RACE: DC Region announces 2004 Summit Point event

DC Region Announces 6th Annual 12 Hours at the Point October 3, 2003: The Washington DC Region of the Sports Car Club of America announced today that the 6th Annual 12 Hours at the Point would be held on June 4-5, 2004. The longest and oldest ...

DC Region Announces 6th Annual 12 Hours at the Point

October 3, 2003: The Washington DC Region of the Sports Car Club of America announced today that the 6th Annual 12 Hours at the Point would be held on June 4-5, 2004. The longest and oldest perennial endurance race sanctioned by the SCCA is held on the challenging two-mile Summit Point Raceway located in Summit Point, WV. The 12 Hours at the Point, an endurance race for sports car and sedans, has become a must-do event among grassroots endurance racers.

For 2004, the Region moved the race from its traditional date -- the weekend closest to June 1 "The 2004 traditional date fell on Memorial Day Weekend and the Region felt that it would be inappropriate to hold the 12 Hours at the Point that weekend," said Gayle Lorenz, Competition Chair for the Region. According to Lorenz, "In 2003, the Memorial Holiday weekend fell so that the race was entirely in May. It's unlikely that this will happen again for several years."

"We're expecting the number of professionally licensed drivers to increase this year," said one Region official. "The race is getting more prestigious and teams are starting to bring in some ringers to help them win." The Region estimates that 5% of the drivers held dual club-pro licenses in 2003.

For the third year, the Region is organizing a contingency prize sponsorship program for the competitors. The Region expects that many of last year's sponsors -- which included Kumho Tires, Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development, BMW North America, Hella USA and Jiffy-Tite -- will be returning and the Region has letters of intent from several new sponsors. "The Region organizes this program because we want to give something back to the competitors and these companies realize that the superiority of their products is demonstrated by competing in the 12 Hours at the Point," said Jeff Janoska of the Region.

Entry forms will be sent during the next few weeks to the usual suspects, but will not be accepted until after January 1, 2004. "We expect to have a full field of fifty-five by the middle of February," said Lorenz.

The 6th Annual 12 Hours at the Point will take place rain or shine and, like all SCCA races at Summit Point, is open to spectators. Details on the event can be found on the 12 Hours at the Point website (www.12hoursatthepoint.org).

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