Laguna Seca to take race cars to San Jose

LAGUNA SECA RACEWAY - Monterey, Calif. (September 28, 2000) - For the second straight year, some of the top race car teams in the world will descend upon Cesar Chavez Park for the "Mini Le Mans of San Jose", Wednesday, October 11. Sports cars...

LAGUNA SECA RACEWAY - Monterey, Calif. (September 28, 2000) - For the second straight year, some of the top race car teams in the world will descend upon Cesar Chavez Park for the "Mini Le Mans of San Jose", Wednesday, October 11.

Sports cars from the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), including several that raced at the storied 24 Hours of Le Mans this year, Trans-Am Series and Speedvision World Challenge will show off for the city of San Jose and its residents during a demonstration at the park beginning at noon.

Eight racing machines will rev their engines and run low-speed laps around the park, located on South Market Street in downtown San Jose. Race cars tentatively scheduled to appear include the futuristic Panoz Motor Sports LMP Roadster and Team PTG BMW M3 from the ALMS; a Jaguar XKR from the Trans-Am Series; and the series-leading Dodge Viper GTS and Acura Integra R from the Speedvision World Challenge.

"Last year, thanks to help from city officials, we put together the first 'Mini Le Mans of San Jose' and it was incredible," said Laguna Seca Raceway General Manager John Stornetta. "We had more than a thousand race fans and south bay residents turn out to see something really unique - a collection of world class drivers and race cars putting on a show in the heart of downtown."

The event is being coordinated by Laguna Seca Raceway and the American Le Mans Series in cooperation with the City of San Jose's Office of Cultural Affairs, and is a promotion for the upcoming GlobalCenter Sports Car Championships presented by Honda, October 13-15. The race cars will be placed on display for public viewing beginning at 11:00 a.m. At 12:00 p.m., professional drivers will take the controls of the ALMS, Trans-Am and World Challenge cars and put them through their paces during a 10-minute, 25-mph exhibition around the park. After the demonstration, the drivers will meet with fans, sign autographs and pose for pictures. Drivers will then meet with the media during a press conference to be held in the center of the park.

The ALMS will headline the GlobalCenter Sports Car Championships presented by Honda, the final event of Laguna Seca Raceway's 2000 racing season. The ALMS features the top sports car teams in racing including this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans champion Audi Sport, 1999 Le Mans and Laguna Seca winner BMW Motorsport and Laguna Seca track record holder Panoz Motor Sports. The Trans-Am Series and Speedvision World Challenge will also take part in the event. Rounding out the weekend's racing will be the Star Mazda Series and Lamborghini SuperTrophy. For tickets and information, call 1-800-327-SECA or log on to www.laguna-seca.com

There are two other evening promotions scheduled around the Sports Car Championships. The Trans-Am Series will present a race car display and driver autograph session Wednesday, October 11 at Fisheman's Wharf in Monterey. Saturday, October 7, Laguna Seca Raceway photographer Chucke Walkden will host a fundraiser benefiting the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation featuring an evening of billiards and auto racing art with ALMS drivers Boris Said, Jennifer Tumminelli and others at Pockets Billiards in Mountain View. Both events will begin at 5:00 p.m. k

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