Shell Grand Prix of Denver to once again host Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup in 2003.
DENVER (Dec. 12, 2002) - The Shell Grand Prix of Denver announced today that it would once again host a round of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup during its three-day race weekend, August 29-31, 2003.
The Trans-Am race will compliment a weekend schedule that includes the 14th Round of CART's Bridgestone Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford and Round 10 of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship.
"The Trans-Am race proved to be very popular with our fans in 2002," said John Frew, general manager of the Shell Grand Prix of Denver. "Very few people left the stands following the inaugural Champ Car Race, and they were rewarded with an exciting Trans-Am series race. We are proud to be able to host the Trans-Am series during our 2003 race line-up."
Entering its 38th year, the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup is America's longest-running road racing series. Featuring sports cars such as the Jaguar XKR, Chevrolet Corvette, Panoz Esperante, Dodge Viper and Ford Mustang, Trans-Am features a slam-bang style that always makes for exciting racing. Its schedule includes 11 North American dates with one tentative event yet to be finalized. Each event will be telecast on FOX's SPEED Channel, with air dates and times to be determined.
Boris Said is the series' defending champion, having won eight races in 2002 including the thrilling inaugural race in Denver.
"We were impressed with the inaugural event and are delighted to be returning," said John Clagett, executive director of the Trans-Am Series. "Denver is such a great sports town, and building on the success of the first event, the Shell Grand Prix of Denver has a very bright future, and we're pleased to be a part of it. Race fans in Denver really seemed to identify with high-powered V-8 thundering sports cars taking to the city streets."
At the Shell Grand Prix of Denver, the Trans-Am race is tentatively scheduled to follow the featured CART race on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 23. There likely will be Trans-Am practice on Friday followed by qualifying on Saturday afternoon.
The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup will be racing at three Dover Motorsports, Inc. facilities in 2003. In addition to Denver, the Trans-Am muscle cars will open their season at the inaugural Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Feb. 21-23, then head for Round Two on the West Coast at the world-famous Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 11-13.
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The Second Annual Shell Grand Prix of Denver is set to take place August 29- 31, 2003 on a 1.65-mile, nine-turn temporary race circuit on the streets around Pepsi Center adjacent to Denver's Lower Downtown. Tickets will be on public sale beginning Feb. 3, 2003. For more information, visit the official race Web site at www.gpdenver.com or call toll-free, (888) 82- SPEED.
The Shell Grand Prix of Denver is owned and operated by Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, Inc., a subsidiary of Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD). Dover Motorsports, Inc., is a leading promoter of motorsports events in the United States. Its subsidiaries operate seven tracks (four permanent facilities and three temporary circuits) in six states and promote events under the auspices of the sport's four premier sanctioning bodies - NASCAR, CART, IRL and NHRA. The company owns and operates Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware; the new Nashville Superspeedway in Nashville, Tennessee; Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Missouri; and Memphis Motorsports Park in Memphis, Tennessee. It also organizes and promotes the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in California, the Shell Grand Prix of Denver in Colorado and the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida.