SCCA Pro Racing Press Release December 8th 1995

New SCCA Pro racing Announcements for Trans-Am and World Challenge - Children's Grand Prix of Minnesota Added to '96 Schedule - TV Broadcasts in December - Scott Sharp returns to Trans-Am - Trans-Am All-Americans to be Honored - Trans-Am Appearance Plans announced

Children's Grand Prix of Minnesota Added to '96 Schedule

ENGLEWOOD,Colo.-- The Children's Grand Prix of Minnesota, scheduled for July 5-7, has been added to the 1996 SCCA Pro Racing calendar and will feature the Trans-Am Championship and World Challenge, announced SCCA Pro Racing Ltd. President Dan Greenwood.

According to Childern's Grand Prix of Minnesota Vice President and Executive Director William L. Westbrook, the net proceeds of the Grand Prix will go directly to the Cancer Kids Fund, which helps families whose children suffer from cancer pay for expenses not covered by insurance. The fund is administered by the Children's Health Care Foundation.

The 1.6 mile 10-turn circuit is situated in downtown Minneapolis, and comes within a block of the Metrodome, home of the Minnesota Vikings and Twins. Second Street South, home of the historic flour milling district, will be the front straight of the circuit, where Trans-Am machines are expected to top 150 mph on the six-tenths of a mile straightaway. "We've designed a circuit that is well suited to the racers, has an ample amount of spectator viewing, and causes minimal disruption to the downtown business community and residences," said promoter Bill Westbrook. "It is also right downtown, so the national television audience will see first-hand the beauty and vibrancy of Minneapolis."

TV BROADCASTS IN DECEMBER The Sears Point broadcast of the World Challenge will air on the Prime Sports Network's "Chevrolet Motorsports Hour" program on Thursday, Dec. 21st. The Trans-Am Year-in-Review show, also slated for the Chevy Motorsports Hour, airs December 28th on Prime. Check your local listings for actual air dates and times.

SCOTT SHARP RETURNS TO TRANS-AM Two-time Trans-Am Champion Scott Sharp is returning to the Trans-Am on a full-time basis for the 1996 season. Sharp joins father-in-law Greg Pickett as a member of Pickett Racing Team. The 27-year-old Sharp is the all-time leader in Trans-Am poles with 26, and his 15 victories ranks fifth best in Trans-Am history.

TRANS-AM ALL-AMERICANS TO BE HONORED Trans-Am Championship drivers, led by Driver's Champion Tom Kendall, took three of the top four positions in the 26th annual All-American Auto Racing team, as selected by the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA). Kendall was the runaway leader in the road racing category, and is first-team selection for the fourth time in his career.

Trans-Am runner-up Ron Fellows was named to the second-team, missing the first-team spot in the road-racing category by a single vote. Joining Fellows for second-team honors was Dorsey Schroeder, driver of the Raybestos Ford Mustang. Congratulations to all three!

Other first-team honorees include Jacques Villeneuve and Al Unser Jr. in open wheel; Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt in stock car; Irv Hoerr in road racing; John Force and Scott Kalitta in drag racing; Tony Stewart and Dave Blaney in short track; and Greg Moore and Ivan Stewart as at-large candidates. The 12 drivers will be honored January 6th at the annual AARWBA banquet, which will be held at the Long Beach Hilton.