Jefferson 500 Establishes The Charlie Gibson Cup in Honor of Longtime Racing Competitor and Supporter

MONTROSE, Calif. - Feb. 3, 2005 - Brian Redman's Jefferson 500 vintage racing event at Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia is pleased to announce the creation of the Charlie Gibson Cup, named in honor of a man who contributed his life and talent to the sport of auto racing. The Charlie Gibson Cup will be for the Formula 70 Monoposto run group at the event, which will take place May 20 through May 22. Prior to his untimely death, Gibson was a two-time winner of the coveted Monoposto Racing Formula 70 Gilles Villeneuve Memorial Trophy in his March 79B Formula Atlantic.

Gibson, who passed away February 4, 2004, was a co-founder of SascoSports, a successful vintage and historic race preparation and tire supply business located at Virginia International Raceway. Gibson spent most of his adult life involved in car racing, and more particularly in vintage racing.

His racing career began at SCCA driver's school at Lime Rock Park, Connecticut in an Austin-Healey Sprite in 1959; he then graduated to a Lotus 23, with which he won the G Modified SCCA National Championship in 1967. A four-year stint in Pro Formula Atlantic was next and, with the addition of a McLaren Can-Am car to his collection in 1977, Gibson turned his attention to the sport of vintage racing.

Gibson also served on the board of directors and as a competition instructor of the Vintage Sports Car Club of America. For more than a decade he operated the Lime Rock Park Vintage Festival, one of the most successful vintage racing events in the country. He was a selfless promoter of the Monoposto racing single-seater group and served in leadership positions with that national organization.

The Jefferson 500 emphasizes long distance races in the tradition of some of the greatest sports car races of the past such as the Nurburgring 1000kms, Spa Francorchamps 1000kms, the Targa Florio, 12 Hours of Sebring, Watkins Glen Six Hours, and the 24 Hours of Daytona and Le Mans.

The prestigious event is produced and sanctioned by the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA). Established in 1977, HMSA is an organization specializing in race events that feature historic cars through 1972. HMSA emphasizes the preservation and proper use of historic racecars. The association is also the sanctioning body for the world-renowned Monterey Historic Automobile Races.

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