TransAm, SCCA News 99-02-25

SCCA Pro Racing March 25, 1999 HAYNER TO MAKE FULL-SEASON ASSAULT: Stu Hayner will contest the full BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series 1999 schedule, competing in the No. 58 Westward Ho Casino/Trenton Forging Chevrolet Camaro for While ...

SCCA Pro Racing March 25, 1999

HAYNER TO MAKE FULL-SEASON ASSAULT: Stu Hayner will contest the full BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series 1999 schedule, competing in the No. 58 Westward Ho Casino/Trenton Forging Chevrolet Camaro for While Lightning Racing. "I am really excited about this season," said Hayner. "Running the Trans-Am has been a long-time dream of mine. White Lightning is an outstanding team and it is a pleasure to be associated with them. Their entire crew, the race shop, engine program, and their car prep is right on and I know we can do well—1999 is definitely going to be a great year." Hayner, of Yorba Linda, Calif., made his Trans-Am debut in 1989 at Long Beach, finishing fifth. Last year Hayner made six starts, scoring his first series victory at Road America along with a second-place finish at Long Beach and third at Watkins Glen. Hayner has posted seven top-five finishes in 14 career Trans-Am starts. White Lightning Racing also expects to run a second car for the season, with announcements of the driver and sponsorship coming soon.

LONG BEACH TV UPDATE: The Johnson Controls 100 at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be featured twice on TNN-The Nashville Network. TNN's first showing of the 1999 BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am season-opener will be a same-day delay broadcast on April 19 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern (April 18 at 9:00 p.m. Pacific), followed by a 3:00 p.m. Eastern re-broadcast April 25. The Speedvision Network will also air an encore presentation of the Long Beach Johnson Controls 100 April 23 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

BRIODY PLANS FULL-SEASON RIDE; COLEMAN TO DEBUT AT LONG BEACH: Veteran Trans-Am racer Jim Briody returns for the full 1999 schedule, driving the No. 42 Utility Industries/Prudential Securities Camaro fielded by Briody Racing, a team led by crew chief Pat Briody, Jim's wife. Rookie Tom Coleman, of Asheville, N.C., will contest his first BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am race at the Long Beach opener at the wheel of the No. 8 TWC Motorsports/Glacier Tek Camaro. Coleman will race all 13 events in 1999 for the TWC Motorsports team.

REESE, TOO: Popular Trans-Am veteran racer Leighton Reese has once again signed Banner Engineering and Phillips 66/TropArtic as sponsors for a full-season ride in his No. 66 Banner Engineering/Phillips 66 Pontiac Grand Prix. Reese, from Minnetonka, Minn., will be competing with a variety of improvements in 1999, including a five-speed transmission and a hot new paint scheme that can be seen by visiting Banner Engineering's web site at http://www.baneng.com.

SHOWING OFF AT SEMA: Two Speedvision GT Championship teams will be showing their cars this weekend at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Import Auto Salon ‘99 at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., March 26-28. The Hikari Works Racing Team will be featured at the SCCA Pro Racing/Speedvision World Challenge Championships display area with David Schardt's No. 94 The Wheel Source/Hikari Works Toyota Supra Turbo. Peter Cunningham's retired No. 42 RealTime Racing/ CompTech Acura NSX will also be shown along with several other historical hot rods in the Feature Vehicle Display. Cunningham drove the NSX to his second World Challenge Drivers' Championship in 1997. The SEMA Import Auto Salon show is a showcase of automotive aftermarket professionals looking to take advantage of the surging import performance market to build their businesses. Import Auto Salon '99 is open to both trade and public on Saturday and Sunday, but no retail sales are allowed. Exhibitors are there to educate consumers and show-off their latest and greatest. For more information on the SEMA Import Auto Salon ‘99 show, or any other SEMA program or show, call 909-396-0281, or visit the SEMA website at www.sema.org.

U.S. F2000 SEASON-OPENER THIS WEEKEND AT PIR: The U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision begins its 10th season this weekend at the Phoenix International Raceway one-mile oval, part of the MCI WorldCom 200 Indy Racing League Weekend. The weekend will feature a 50-lap, 50.0-mile sprint race set to take the green flag Sunday, March 28 at 12:00 p.m. (MST). The event will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on the Speedvision Network with the initial broadcast set for Monday, April 19 at 9:00 p.m. (EST).

Source: SCCA/SCCA Pro Racing/USRRC

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Series SCCA , Trans-Am
Drivers Leighton Reese , Stu Hayner , Jim Briody
Teams RealTime Racing