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Hard Work Pays off as Kletjian Wins GT-1 Award at Toronto TORONTO, Ontario (July 10, 2004) -- Motorock Trans-Am Series GT-1 Driver Development Program participant Garrett Kletjian was determined to run the Trans-Am in T.O., part of the Molson...

Hard Work Pays off as Kletjian Wins GT-1 Award at Toronto

TORONTO, Ontario (July 10, 2004) -- Motorock Trans-Am Series GT-1 Driver Development Program participant Garrett Kletjian was determined to run the Trans-Am in T.O., part of the Molson Indy Toronto on Saturday. So determined in fact was the Hingham, Mass. driver that he took a broken down race car, fixed it at the track, and thrashed all weekend fighting gearbox problems. It all paid off Saturday, though, as Kletjian, with his ninth-place finish, was celebrating on the podium as this weekend's GT-1 winner.

As a reward for being this race's highest-finishing GT-1 racer, Kletjian took part in victory lane ceremonies, as well as participating in the post-race press conference.

"I want to thank Trans-Am for this GT-1 program. Obviously we want to see more GT-1 competitors out here and I think this is the right way to do it," said Kletjian, driver of the No. 20 www.upscalelingerie.com Qvale Mangusta. "It worked out well for us today.

"We just bought a new car," added Kletjian. "This was just the second time we even rolled this car off the trailer. So we're pleased with our results.

"We're hoping to use this program as a stepping stone," concluded Kletjian, who also plans to compete at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières July 30-Aug. 1. "We want to pick up our program so we can hopefully run full time in Trans-Am next year."

The GT-1 Development Program, announced earlier this year, will award the GT-1 Drivers' Championship, presented for the first time in 2003, and will further recognize the importance of GT-1 involvement in Trans-Am competition. In order to create more visibility, the Program will recognize the highest-finishing GT-1 competitor at each event during winner's circle festivities. The top-finishing GT-1 driver will also be invited to take part in post-race media interviews, and, when possible, will participate in television interviews.

Also, those competitors winning GT-1 races at the SCCA Valvoline Runoffs at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and the June Sprints at Road America, will be presented a GT-1 Trans-Am Series Support Package, which includes, among other things, free entries to Trans-Am Series races.

GT-1 competitors will continue to be eligible for regular Trans-Am championship points, contingency monies and race awards. Special GT-1 contingency awards are also being planned.

The Motorock Trans-Am Series 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 Series is America's oldest continuously running road racing series and celebrates its 39th year of competition in 2004.

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