Series Update 97-02-24

KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship Media Advisory - February 24, 1997 VP FUELS RETURNS AS OFFICIAL SUPPLIER VP Racing Fuels, Inc., will once again be the official fuel supplier of the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic...

KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship Media Advisory - February 24, 1997

VP FUELS RETURNS AS OFFICIAL SUPPLIER

VP Racing Fuels, Inc., will once again be the official fuel supplier of the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship this season. The series "spec" fuel will be the VP Racing Unleaded known as CSP. VP Racing Fuels, which became the Atlantic official fuel supplier in 1995, provided an unparalleled level of service to the Atlantic championship and is again prepared to dispense all product at the competitors' convenience; by the drum, or pumped by the gallon, into approved (legal) containers. "We're please that we've renewed our relationship with Pro-Motion Agency and the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship," said VP Fuels spokesperson Jim Kelly. "The relationship between VP Fuels and the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship has proven be very successful and we're looking forward to another outstanding season. As we did in 1996, VP Fuels will have a representative attending each and every race."

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MCI TOYOTA ATLANTIC TEAM MAKES DEBUT

Precision Preparation Inc., owned by Cal Wells III, will debut its new MCI Toyota Atlantic Team at the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami presented by Toyota. Driving the MCI-sponsored Atlantic cars, which will feature the same paint scheme as the MCI Toyota PPG Cup car, will be Jeret Schroeder, of Vineland, N.J., and Leo Parente, of Redondo Beach, Calif. Nick Harvey heads up the program as team manager.

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IMSA STANDOUT BILL AUBERLEN ADDED TO HOMESTEAD SEASON OPENER

Sports car racing ace Bill Auberlen, of Redondo Beach, Calif., has entered the season opening race for the 1997 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship at Homestead Motorsports Complex on March 1. He will race with the B.D.J.S. Ralt America team under the guidance of Brian Robertson. Auberlen ran in last year's Atlantic season opener at Homestead where he qualified second and finished fifth. Auberlen's only prior Atlantic experience was in 1994 when he competed in two races including the season's first race at Miami where he finished second and ran the fastest race lap. His successful course in IMSA competition produced three wins and four pole positions in nine IMSA GTU races in 1994. He finished second in points in the 1995 IMSA GTS-2 championship when he won seven poles and five races (Sebring, Lime Rock, Texas World Speedway, Phoenix, New Orleans). Auberlen competed in IMSA's GTS-2 class with the BMW factory team last season and won the Constructor's Championship. He also captured the pole position at Watkins Glen. He recently topped the leader board in IMS's GTS-3 class at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, and finished ninth place overall in a factory BMW M3.

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Atlantic Media Contact: James Hyneman 103735.3402@compuserve.com F - (909) 679-3596

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Jeret Schroeder , Bill Auberlen