Contact: John Clagett (303)-694-7223 For Immediate Release ROAD RACING COMES FULL CIRCLE AS THE UNITED STATES ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIP, CAN-AM CHAMPIONSHIP RETURN TO NORTH AMERICAN ROAD RACING ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (October 2,...
Contact: John Clagett (303)-694-7223 For Immediate Release
ROAD RACING COMES FULL CIRCLE AS THE UNITED STATES ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIP, CAN-AM CHAMPIONSHIP RETURN TO NORTH AMERICAN ROAD RACING
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (October 2, 1997)-Two of the most revered names in North American road racing return today with the creation of the United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) a coalition authority that will oversee new and existing road racing championships-including the return of the Can-Am Championship. The USRRC is the oldest name in North American professional road racing, dating to February of 1963 at Daytona-the first professional series held under the sanction of the SCCA and the SCCA's second executive director, John Bishop. The original United States Road Racing Championship-a series for unlimited Group 7 cars that ran from 1963 to 1968-featured the most exotic road racing machinery of its time, including the Porsche RS61, the Ford Cobra, the Scarab, the Chaparral, the Elva-Porsche/Ford/BMW, the Porsche 904, the Genie MK 10, the Lola-Chevrolet/T-70-Ford and the McLaren-Chevrolet among others. USRRC drivers were also the premier sports car racers of their era, including Bob Holbert, Jim Hall, Roger Penske, George Follmer, Jerry Titus, Mark Donohue, Sam Posey, Skip Barber, Peter Revson and Lothar Motschenbacher. "The re-introduction of the United States Road Racing Championship has been a long time coming, and its return, along with the rebirth of the Can-Am, marks a watershed moment in the history of North American sports car racing," said Bishop. "With the NTB Trans-Am and Can-Am as its cornerstones, the USRRC will revive the popularity of sports car racing in North America." Out of the USRRC evolved the Can-Am Championship, which ran from 1966 to 1986, debuting in September, 1966 at Mont Tremblant-St. Jovite, Can. During its 19 seasons of operation (the series was suspended for the 1975-'76 seasons) the Can-Am (along with the Trans-Am, which made its debut the same year) was the preeminent form of road racing in North America, drawing drivers and manufacturers from around the world, including Donohue (Lola), Bruce McLaren (McLaren), Phil Hill (Chaparral), Jim Hall (Chaparral), Dan Gurney (Lola), Denis Hulme (McLaren), Parnelli Jones (Lola), Posey (Lola), Jackie Stewart (Lola), David Hobbs (Lola), Peter Gregg (Porsche 917), Hurley Haywood (Porsche 917), Jody Scheckter (Porsche 917), Al Holbert (Lola), Jacky Ickx (Lola), Bobby Rahal (Prophet), Geoff Brabham (Lola), Danny Sullivan (Intrepid/Lola), Al Unser (Frisbee), Al Unser Jr. (Galles), Jacques Villeneuve (Osella BMW and Frisbee) and Manuel Fangio (Ralt). "While the popularity of other forms of motorsports has boomed throughout the last decade, road racing has remained stagnant due to fragmentation of its market," said Nicholas W. Craw, SCCA, Inc. president and CEO.. "With the revitalization of the NTB Trans-Am, the rebirth of the USRRC and the Can-Am, road racing will once again grow to the prominence it once held."