TEN VENUES SET FOR 1999 BFGOODRICH TIRES TRANS-AM SERIES; ADDITIONAL DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—Ten venues for the 1999 BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series have been set, with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach kicking off the series’ 34th season, April 16-18. Up to four additional dates may be added soon. The schedule for North America’s longest-running road racing series as now slated includes five temporary street circuits, one oval/road course and four traditional road racing tracks. Following the Long Beach opener, the Trans-Am heads north of the border to Mosport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, for the traditional May 21-23 Victoria Day holiday weekend. Round Three will be contested during the Lime Rock Park Memorial Day weekend Dodge Dealers Grand Prix road racing extravaganza, May 27-31, with the series’ 21st visit to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course up next, June 4-6. For Round Five the Trans-Am travels to Elkhart Lake, Wis., for the Texaco/Havoline 200 weekend at Road America, July 9-10, the second of four weekends sharing the billing with the CART FedEx Championship Series. Le Grand Prix Player’s de Trois-Rivieres in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada, July 30-August 1, is next, followed by the Tenneco Detroit Grand Prix, August 6-7, and the second annual West Michigan Grand Prix in Grand Rapids, Mich., August 27-29. Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo., will host Round Nine, September 17-19, with the CART-headlined Texaco Houston Grand Prix scheduled for Round 10, September 24-25. “We want to put together a schedule that offers the best balance of major markets, top road racing weekends and variety of circuits,” said Scott Rittinger, Trans-Am Series General Manager. “We are working diligently to announce our remaining race dates, and these first 10 venues and weekends provide a solid foundation for the 1999 season. We’re also developing some significant programs to support our fans, sponsors, promoters, competitors and manufacturers—it’s going to be an exciting season for the Trans-Am.” The remaining venues/dates, including the season finale, will be released as soon details are available. “We’re excited about the 1999 BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series season and look forward to helping make the Trans-Am the preeminent road racing championship in North America,” said Herb Johnson, Director of Motorsports for BFGoodrich Tires. “With the mix of high-profile CART and Trans-Am headline street circuits and races at the country’s top road racing venues we’re confident that the Trans-Am will continue to prosper and grow in its 34th season.”
1999 BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series Schedule*
Race Date Event/Venue
April 18 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif.
May 23 Mosport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
May 31 Dodge Dealers Grand Prix, Lime Rock Park, Lime Rock, Conn.
June 6 The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio
July 10 The Texaco/Havoline 200 Weekend, Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.
August 1** Le Grand Prix Player’s de Trois-Rivieres, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada
August 7 Tenneco Detroit Grand Prix, Detroit, Mich.
August 29 West Michigan Grand Prix, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sept. 19 Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain, Colo.
Sept. 25 The Texaco Houston Grand Prix, Houston, Texas
* - Three to four additional venues are TBA. ** - Date subject to change.