Tommy Bahama, Brian Simo and Huffaker/Qvale Mosport

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (May 19, 2000) - Brian Simo, winner of last year's BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series race at Mosport International Raceway, took the Huffaker/Qvale Tommy Bahama Qvale Mangusta into the winner's circle at the first...

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (May 19, 2000) - Brian Simo, winner of last year's BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series race at Mosport International Raceway, took the Huffaker/Qvale Tommy Bahama Qvale Mangusta into the winner's circle at the first two races of this year's Trans-Am Series, and plans to do the same this weekend as the longest continuously running road racing series comes back to Mosport on May 19-21.

"We went testing since Long Beach, and with the changes we made, we feel we're really progressing with the car," said Joe Huffaker, vice president and technical director of Huffaker/Qvale Motorsports. "We're hoping Brian can repeat his win from last year. That would take away any doubt as to who is leading the series points."

Despite winning two of the previous three races, Simo comes into Mosport unsure if he has the points lead. A controversial finish at Long Beach which had nothing to do with Simo has taken several weeks to sort out, and despite an Appeals Court ruling that revised the finishing order there and earned Simo the points lead, the finding of the Appeals Court are still provisional.

"I am so pleased that SCCA is making the effort to right themselves, and I applaud their attempts to get this issue settled quickly and fairly," commented Huffaker.

Huffaker/Qvale Motorsports is the product of a re-uniting of two racing families. Bruce Qvale is the president of Huffaker/Qvale Motorsports. The association between the Qvale and Huffaker families dates back to the 1950s. That association began when Bruce's father, Kjell Qvale, who had also been instrumental in establishing the West Coast Sports Car Club of America, joined forces with the father of Joe Huffaker. In 1960, the elder Huffaker and Qvale established the BMC Competition Department, which designed and developed competition engines and racecars like the Huffaker Genie. Tommy Bahama, the upscale island lifestyle apparel company, joined forces with Huffaker/Qvale Motorsports last year.

The 40-lap, 98.360-mile race from Mosport is due to be televised on the Speedvision Network at 2:00 pm EDT on Sunday, May 21, 2000.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Brian Simo , Joe Huffaker