Long Beach: Special event in Long Beach on Pine Avenue

Trans-Am Series "Thunders" down Pine Avenue. LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Pine Avenue will hear more than its share of V-8 thunder Thursday, April 11, as the drivers and cars from the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup will take part in ...

Trans-Am Series "Thunders" down Pine Avenue.

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Pine Avenue will hear more than its share of V-8 thunder Thursday, April 11, as the drivers and cars from the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup will take part in "Thursday Thunder on Pine." The event, which runs from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. on Pine Ave. between Broadway and Third Ave. is free and open to the public. It's being staged by the Downtown Long Beach Associates as part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend.

Among the cars scheduled to be displayed is the No. 7 Jaguar R Performance XKR, which Scott Pruett drove to victory in the 2003 Trans-Am Series season opener at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Also being shown is the No. 3 Jaguar R Performance XKR of three-time Drivers' Champion and defending Long Beach winner Paul Gentilozzi, which is sporting a new bright-red color scheme. The No. 2 Trenton Forging/GMAC Commercial Finance Chevrolet Corvette of Stu Hayner and the No. 12 Trans-Am Tools by ProQuest Jaguar XKR of Michael Lewis round out the cars on display.

Drivers are scheduled to sign autographs between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Drivers expected to attend include Gentilozzi, as well as former Long Beach winners Pruett and Hollywood resident Tomy Drissi. Other drivers include Johnny Miller, Lewis, Hayner from nearby Yorba Linda, Calif., and others.

Other attractions during the event include appearances by the stars of acclaimed reality television show "American Idol," a show car from the Champ Car World Series, and live music.

The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup features closed-fendered, production-based, V-8-powered sports cars. The Trans-Am Series is America's oldest continuously running sports car racing series and celebrates its 38th anniversary in 2003.

The next Trans-Am Series race is scheduled for April 13, during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend. The race will air on a same-day, tape-delayed basis on SPEED Channel at 9 p.m. ET.

-scca pro racing/trans am-

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Tomy Drissi , Paul Gentilozzi , Johnny Miller , Michael Lewis , Stu Hayner