Washington DC event canceled

National Grand Prix of Washington D.C. canceled LANSING, Mich. -- The National Grand Prix of Washington D.C., scheduled for the weekend of June 28-29, has been canceled. The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup was set to participate in...

National Grand Prix of Washington D.C. canceled

LANSING, Mich. -- The National Grand Prix of Washington D.C., scheduled for the weekend of June 28-29, has been canceled. The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup was set to participate in the event, along with the headlining American Le Mans Series.

The Trans-Am Series took part in the inaugural event in 2002, held at RFK Stadium, with Butch Leitzinger earning a hard-fought victory in his Chevrolet Corvette. He went on to win Rookie of the Year honors and finished second in the Drivers' Championship behind Boris Said.

In wire service reports, Bobby Goldwater, the chairman of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission, said the event's promoter, National Grand Prix Holdings, failed to meet its obligations to the ALMS and the Commission.

"We are certainly disappointed with the news of the cancellation," said John Clagett, executive director of the Trans-Am Series. "The temporary circuit at RFK made for a wonderful venue in a tremendous market. Our competitors, our sponsors, suppliers, manufacturers and our fans were very much looking forward to this year's race. We're certainly hopeful the event returns in 2004.

"We're assessing our options with respect to adding another race date, as is the American Le Mans Series," Clagett added. "We'll do everything in our power to ensure our best interests are met."

The race weekend was "a victim of operational problems on behalf of the event organizer," said ALMS President Scott Atherton. "Having worked closely with the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission for the past several months, I can honestly say that there is an unwavering commitment by all involved to retain this event and we will do everything in our collective power to see that this race returns to our schedule in the near future."

Atherton went on to say that legal considerations surrounding the Washington, D.C. event prevented him from providing further details.

-scca pro racing/trans am-

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Boris Said