THE TRANS-AM HEADS HOME TO HEADLINE THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL GRAND PRIX OF COLORADO
FOUNTAIN, colo.=97The SCCA Trans-Am Championship returns "home" to Colorado (location of SCCA Pro Racing) for the Children's Hospital of Grand Prix, September 26-28, the series' inaugural run at the Pikes Peak International Raceway. The 73-lap, 97.82-mile Trans-Am race, Round 12 of the 13-race 1997 Championship, is slated to begin Saturday, September 27 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern (1:00 p.m. local time), and will be televised live on The Nashville Network (TNN). The race will be rebroadcast on The Speedvision Network, Saturday, October 4 at 2:30 p.m. (ET). Also competing during the Children's Hospital Grand Prix of Colorado weekend are the SCCA World Challenge and the SCCA Spec Racer Ford Pro Series. Saturday's 45-lap, 60.3-mile combined T1- and T2-Class World Challenge race will be televised with tape-delayed coverage on The Speedvision Network, beginning Sunday, October 5 at 3:00 p.m. (ET). The race will be rebroadcast during the Motorsports Hour Presented by Chevrolet on the Fox Sports Network Wednesday, October 8=97check listing for exact broadcast time. Sunday's 36-lap, 48.24-mile Spec Racer Ford Pro Series race will be televised with tape-delayed coverage on The Speedvision Network, beginning Sunday, October 12 at 6:00 p.m. (ET). The race will be rebroadcast on Speedvision Monday, October 13 at 12:00 a.m. (ET). With 11-straight wins, Tom Kendall, driver of the No. 11 All Sport Body Quencher Ford Mustang, continues to make motorsports history as his victory at Mosport Park (Round 11) set a new mark for the longest world-wide documentable road-racing-series win streak. With the Drivers' and Manufacturers' Championships already settled, the battle is now for second-place, where six drivers are vying for the runner-up spot. Kendall, with 371 points, tops the standings, followed by Dorsey Schroeder, 258; Jon Gooding, 254; Brian Simo, 236; Paul Gentilozzi, 215; 1997 Rookie Of the Year Mike Borkowski, 211; Greg Greg Pickett, 203; John Miller IV, 179; Bill Saunders, 141; and rookie runner-up Michael Lewis, 135 points. This weekend's contest will be the 352nd race in the Trans-Am's 32-year history, and the fifth time the series has raced in Colorado, dating to 1967. The first two races were conducted at the former Continental Divide Raceway, just outside of Castle Rock, in 1967 and 1968, with Jerry Titus scoring the win in '67 and Mark Donohue taking top honors in '68. The Trans-Am didn't return to Colorado until the 1990-'91 Grand Prix of Denver, when Kendall claimed the victory in '90 and Irv Hoerr was the '91 winner. Trans-Am qualifying and race results are available on the AP SportsWire, the SCCA Pro Racing internet site (http://www.scca.com) and CompuServe's Racing Information Services (GO RACEB) forum.
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