LANSING, Mich. (Dec. 12, 2003) -- 2003 Motorock Trans-Am Tour for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup champion Scott Pruett has been named to the First Team of the 2003 Auto Racing All-America Team, as voted by members of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association. Scott Pruett, a seven-time All-America, won his fifth First-Team vote this season after earning his third Trans-Am title.
"I'm honored, especially when you consider where this award comes from," said Pruett, who won eight Trans-Am races this year in 11 starts, while also working as a television announcer for most of SPEED's Champ Car World Series broadcasts. "Being a broadcaster myself, I have a new understanding of how much work it is being part of the press. Most drivers don't know how much work these men and women put in.
"It's exciting," added Pruett, who returned to Trans-Am competition in 2003 after an eight-year break, during which he competed in NASCAR and the Champ Car World Series. "Coming off this Cinderella season, where we just dominated, I'm just overwhelmed."
Pruett joins ALMS champion Ron Fellows on the Road Racing First Team. Other First Team members are: Gil de Ferran, Scott Dixon and Paul Tracy (Open Wheel); Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth (Stock Car); Larry Dixon and Tony Pedregon (Drag Racing); J.J. Yeley and Steve Kinser (Short Track); Brian Vickers and Frank Kimmel (Touring Series); and A.J. Allmendinger and Mark Taylor (At Large).
The AARWBA Auto Racing All-America Team will be honored Jan. 10 at the 34th annual AARWBA banquet at the Sheraton Suites in Pomona, Calif. First Team members will receive the distinctive Horsepower Award, and the driver who received the most votes--not revealed until the banquet--receives the Jerry Titus Award emblematic of the team's Driver of the Year.
The Motorock Trans-Am Tour features closed-fendered, production-based, V-8-powered sports cars, competing on permanent road courses, and temporary street and airport circuits throughout North America. The Trans-Am Tour is America's oldest continuously running road racing series and will celebrate its 39th anniversary in 2004.
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