Sears Point 5th INEX Road Course Championships preview

Legends Cars Return to Sears Point Nov. 9-10 for 5th Annual National Championships Event includes local competitors from Napa, Modesto, Livermore and Suisun SONOMA, Calif. - Sears Point Raceway will come alive with more than 100 cars when...

Legends Cars Return to Sears Point Nov. 9-10 for 5th Annual National Championships
Event includes local competitors from Napa, Modesto, Livermore and Suisun

SONOMA, Calif. - Sears Point Raceway will come alive with more than 100 cars when drivers from all over the country converge on the road course for the 5th annual INEX Legends Cars Grand National Road Course Series Championships, Nov. 9-10.

This event returns to Sears Point Raceway for the fourth year, and will take place on Sears Point's temporary 8-turn, 1.8-mile road course. Gates open each day at 7 a.m., with practice and heat races scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9. Championships will be decided on Saturday, Nov. 10, beginning at noon in three divisions: Professional (drivers with some racing experience), Semi-Pro (drivers with no previous racing experience), and Masters (drivers 40 years of age and older). Admission is free.

The Legends series was introduced in 1992 to provide an affordable, uniquely designed racecar that requires little maintenance and cost. These five-eighths scale cars feature 1250cc Yamaha motorcycle engines, which reach speeds up to 130 mph on the Sears Point road course.

Modesto's Ken Schaefer will be among those competing for the crown in the Semi-Pro division. With 2 ½ years of experience in the Legends series, Schaefer says, "People can't believe how tight these cars race together and how fast they go compared to how small they are. This is an absolute blast." Schaefer enters the event ranked 33rd in Semi-Pro points.

Napa's Joey Zampa returns to the road-course championships and hopes for better luck this year at Sears Point Raceway. Zampa, 22, was the 2001 California Legends Car Champion, but suffered engine problems in last year's main event and finished well off the pace. Zampa also competes in Late Model stock cars and was Rookie of the Year this season at Stockton 99 Speedway and was fifth overall in points.

Other Northern California drivers looking to compete at Sears Point are Skip Brown of Suisun, Richard Ferreria and Bob Johnson of Hollister, Stuart Forbes-Robinson of Discovery Bay, and Steve Wilson of Livermore. In addition to drivers from the U.S., the event will also feature drivers from England and Scotland.

-SPR-

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