LAGUNA SECA RACEWAY, Monterey, California (28 August) - An announcement made yesterday in SCCA Pro Racing Pro Fax Vol. 5, No. 6 has caused confusion. This announcement was that, "The planned October 23-25 World Challenge race weekend has...
LAGUNA SECA RACEWAY, Monterey, California (28 August) - An announcement made yesterday in SCCA Pro Racing Pro Fax Vol. 5, No. 6 has caused confusion. This announcement was that, "The planned October 23-25 World Challenge race weekend has been cancelled (sic).
"A World Challenge race, however, has never been on the schedule of the event here on October 23-25, the Visa Sports Car Championships presented by Honda, nor has any other SCCA Pro Racing race been scheduled for the event.
"We feel it is necessary to issue this release because we have been, already, asked if the FIA GT Championship race has been canceled," said Laguna Seca Raceway General Manager John Stornetta. "People are confused because the FIA GT Championship is a world championship and they think the SCCA Pro Racing announcement refers to it."
As previously announced, the Visa Sports Car Championship presented by Honda will feature the final race of the 1998 FIA GT Championship on Sunday, October 25. The feature race on Saturday, October 24, will be for both of Professional Sports Car Racings premiere series, the World Sports Car Championship and the GT Championship presented by Virgin Interactive. The FIA GT Championship is a world series in which teams from Mercedes, Porsche and other major GT sports car manufacturers compete at major events in Europe, Asia and the USA. The first FIA GT Championship at Laguna Seca was the 1997 series finale last October that was won by Bernd Schneider driving a Mercedes CLK-GTR, clinching the championship for him.
The World Challenge is a series for modified production sports cars and its races are usually staged as support races at SCCA Pro Racing events.