RACE: June Sprints at Road America preview

SCCA Chicago Region June Sprints takes center stage this weekend. SCCA Club Racing's biggest regular-season event set for Road America. CENTENNIAL, Colo. (June 18, 2002) -- Some of SCCA Club Racing's brightest stars will take to the historic...

SCCA Chicago Region June Sprints takes center stage this weekend.

SCCA Club Racing's biggest regular-season event set for Road America.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (June 18, 2002) -- Some of SCCA Club Racing's brightest stars will take to the historic Road America circuit this weekend for the annual Kohler/Chicago Region June Sprints--the biggest SCCA National Race during the Club Racing "regular" season.

Boasting over 450 cars each year, this year's June Sprints will again kick off the first leg of the Chicago Region SCCA "Triple Crown" Award, recognizing any driver who wins the June Sprints, his/her respective Divisional Point's Championship and the 2002 SCCA Valvoline Runoffs National Championship, held September 16-22 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

This year's June Sprints entry reads like a Runoffs preview, with a third of all 2001 Runoffs podium (top-three) finishers in attendance. Drivers from 32 states and Canada will attempt to steal the Sprints crown from 15 defending race winners in 24 classes.

Some of the most exciting action of the weekend should come out of the Formula 500 race, which features the top three finishers from the 2001 Valvoline Runoffs in addition to the 2001 June Sprints Champion. Defending race winner Kenny Price will run head to head against 2001 National Champion Elivan Goulart (Stratford, Conn.), runner-up Jeff Jorgenson (San Jose, Calif.) and third-place Calvin Stewart (Novi, Mich.)

Additionally, the Formula Continental (National Champion Mike Andersen and Dave Weitzenhof), E Production (National Champion Pratt Cole and Defending Sprints Champion Tony Rivera) and Sports 2000 (Mark Hardymon and Hans Peter) classes will pit two of the three Runoffs podium finishers against one another on the 4.048-mile, 14-turn circuit.

Last year, the Chicago Region awarded its prestigious "Triple Crown" trophy to two individuals--Brian Kelm (Plymouth, Mich.) and Brad Stout (St. Louis, Mo.). Both Kelm and Stout return in 2002 to defend their unique feats in the Touring Two and Formula Vee classes.

The 24-class SCCA Club Racing National series is annually comprised of 70 events nationwide to determine Divisional Champions, and qualify drivers for the year-end Valvoline Runoffs National Championship. The June Sprints is the fifth National event on the Central Division calendar, and is the only event nationwide to consistently draw over 400 cars. Only the Valvoline Runoffs, which features between 600 and 700 entries each year, features more top Club Racers each year.

Practice and qualifying for the Chicago Region SCCA June Sprints begins Friday, June 21, with half of the eight race groups racing Saturday and half on Sunday. Follow all of the action on the June Sprints and learn more about the Sports Car Club of America at www.scca.org

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Series SCCA
Drivers Calvin Stewart , Kenny Price , Elivan Goulart , Jeff Jorgenson , Brad Stout , Brian Kelm , Pratt Cole , Tony Rivera , Hans Peter , Mark Hardymon