RACE: Cindi Lux Portland Sportscar Invitational preview

Cindi Lux - one to watch this weekend. Cindi Lux is the only female driver to race at this weekend's Sportscar Invitational at Portland International Raceway. PORTLAND, Ore - June 12, 2002 - Sportscar champion Cindi Lux of Aloha, Ore., is the...

Cindi Lux - one to watch this weekend.

Cindi Lux is the only female driver to race at this weekend's Sportscar Invitational at Portland International Raceway.

PORTLAND, Ore - June 12, 2002 - Sportscar champion Cindi Lux of Aloha, Ore., is the only female scheduled to drive in this weekend's Sportscar Invitational, a support race that will take place Friday and Saturday during the world-class G.I. Joe's 200 CART race at Portland International Raceway. Lux qualified for the Sportscar Invitational at last weekend's Rose Cup Races at PIR, where she took the pole in qualifying and finished in second place.

Lux will be behind the wheel of the black and orange McCormack Manufacturing 2002 Z 06 Corvette #12. The car is owned by Scotty B. White of Team Naykid Racing, who will go head to head with Lux in his black and green Kumho Tires/Redline Oil Z 06 World Challenge Corvette. White finished first in his class at the Rose Cup Races. Both cars will race in the GTS class, despite being built to different levels of preparation.

Lux considers racing against her car's owner/sponsor both an honor and a challenge. "Scotty and I have an excellent rapport and we love to have fun while racing, but when the green flag drops, all joking is set aside. He's a tough competitor, and I definitely have my work cut out for me this weekend."

White is proud to have such an accomplished driver behind the wheel of one of his cars. "I truly respect Cindi as a driver, as do many people in this sport. She is one of the few female drivers who isn't a 'chick driver.' But I still plan to kick her butt!"

The weekend schedule begins with practice Friday at 8:25 a.m.; qualifying takes place Friday at 5:30 p.m.; practice continues on Saturday at 8 a.m.; and the race takes place at 5 p.m. Saturday.

In the 12 years that she has been racing cars, Lux has driven in the American Le Mans Series with a top five finish in the Petit Le Mans Race in 2000; won the inaugural Women's Global GT Series Championship and seven other road racing championships; won the 1999 SCCA Oregon Region Pro-Driver of the Year; set track records at more than a half-dozen racetracks; and has twice won the legendary Nelson Ledges 24-hour Endurance Race in Ohio.

-www.cindilux.com

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Series ALMS , SCCA
Drivers Cindi Lux