Trans-Am Champion George Follmer Will Honor Race Veteran Roy Woods at the Baxter Auto Parts Portland Historic Races
PORTLAND, Ore. - July 1, 2004 - Famed Trans-Am racecar driver George Follmer will be at the Baxter Auto Parts Portland Historic Races July 9-11 at Portland International Raceway to present the inaugural Roy Woods Memorial Trophy.
The trophy is being given in honor of Woods, a racecar competitor, team owner and Trans-Am legend. Woods passed away on Jan. 29 of complications from leukemia.
Follmer, who won the 1972 Trans-Am Drivers' Championship driving for Woods' American Racing Associates Team in an AMC Javelin, considered Woods a close friend, and believes this is one small way of honoring his memory.
"Besides being a very proficient team owner, Roy was a pretty good racecar driver, and a great supporter of racing in general," stated Follmer. "We plan to bestow the award on a Historic Trans-Am driver who represents professionalism in vintage racing, and is worthy of the acknowledgement."
Historic Trans-Am cars are the featured group at this year's Baxter Auto Parts Portland Historic Races. A field of nearly 25 cars from the original no-holds-barred, highly competitive Trans-Am racing series will put on a great show for the fans. The Historic Trans-Am Group has done its best to re-create the original series as it appeared from 1966 to 1972. Only cars that actually raced in the initial series during those years are allowed to participate. Not only must cars appear as they did in the year of manufacture, they must meet the specifications and rules of the day.
The Woods-owned AMC Javelin in which Follmer won the 1972 Championship will be participating in the event, driven by Ken Epsman of Santa Clara, Calif.
Joining Follmer at the event will be his Trans-Am rival Parnelli Jones. Jones, who has won nearly every major auto race event in the nation, will be on-site to sign autographs for fans and share anecdotes with Follmer.
The Baxter Auto Parts Portland Historic Races features racing by some of the most celebrated vintage cars in history. More than 250 prestigious cars and motorcycles are divided into groups according to their age and horsepower to compete. The event is an opportunity for the general public to get up close and personal with these expensive machines, which are accessible to everyone at the track. There's also a Food and Wine Pavilion, a Kid Zone and Food Pavilion, an infield display of more than 800 collector cars, a paddock display of more than 100 hot rods, an artist gallery, and a large vendor midway.
The event is a fundraiser for the Children's Cancer Association, a not-for-profit organization based in Portland that works to positively impact the care and quality of life for seriously ill children and teens with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses throughout Oregon and the United States (www.ChildrensCancerAssociation.org).
Portland International Raceway is located at 1940 N Victory Blvd., exit 306B off Interstate-5. Gates are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $40 and are available at the gate; advanced discount tickets are available at all Baxter Auto Parts locations.
For more information, call 503-274-0019 or visit www.portlandhistorics.com.