Sears Point hosts National Championships

SONOMA, Calif. (November 3, 2000) - More than 100 drivers from around the country - and world - will converge on Sears Point Raceway November 10-11 for the 4th annual INEX Legends Cars Grand National Road Course Series Championships. This marks...

SONOMA, Calif. (November 3, 2000) - More than 100 drivers from around the country - and world - will converge on Sears Point Raceway November 10-11 for the 4th annual INEX Legends Cars Grand National Road Course Series Championships.

This marks the third consecutive year that Sears Point Raceway will host the event, which will take place on the twisting 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course. Gates open each day at 8 a.m., with practice and heat races scheduled for Friday, November 10. Championships will be decided on Saturday, November 11, beginning at noon in the following divisions: Semi-Pro, Masters and Professional. Each feature race will span 12 laps. Admission to the event is free.

There was a little bit of European flavor at last year's championships as Tick Steward of Colchester, England, won the title in the Pro Division, edging South Carolina's Dan McKeever at the finish line in the main event. Steward started on the pole after winning both of his heat races. Other defending champions include Mike Samis of Oklahoma in the Master's Division (drivers 40 years and older); and Michael Haynes of Texas in Semi-Pro.

Napa's Joey Zampa will lead the Bay Area contingent into the championships piloting a 1934 Ford Coupe. Zampa won 13 main events during the 2000 Northern and Central California Region season. He is the current state champion and was ranked as high as eighth nationally. Zampa hopes to contend for the Pro championship.

"We're really hoping to reach the podium in this deal," Zampa said. "That's our goal and I think we've got the car to do it."

Other Northern/Central California Region champions who will contend are San Jose's Gary Hockman in the Master's class and Napa's Bumper LaRue in the Semi-Pro division.

These five-eighths scale Legends Cars are modeled after the great modifieds driven by the sport's earliest stars during the formative years of NASCAR. Powered by a pulse-quickening 1250cc Yamaha motorcycle engine, these cars offer plenty of torque to accelerate off corners and a high power band that brings the car up to speed quickly. The cars, which come in a number of body styles, feature 125 horsepower.

There are several Legends Cars divisions throughout the country, including the Northern/Central California Region, which featured more than a 20-race schedule in 2000.

The 2000 season marked the fifth year of Legends racing in the Northern/Central California.

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