NATCC ANNOUNCES ROAD ATLANTA EVENT February 9, 1996 Braselton, Georgia - In a joint release issued today, Roger Elliot, President, North American Touring Car Championship and Kurt Spitzner, Special Events Director, Road Atlanta Ltd....
NATCC ANNOUNCES ROAD ATLANTA EVENT
February 9, 1996
Braselton, Georgia - In a joint release issued today, Roger Elliot, President, North American Touring Car Championship and Kurt Spitzner, Special Events Director, Road Atlanta Ltd. announced the conclusion of arrangements for a special non-points North American Touring Car Championship race weekend to be held May 11, 12 1996 at the famed sports car course.
A closed course test day for NATCC cars will be held on Friday, May 10, with time set aside that day for a media reception and media rides in selected cars.
"Kurt Spitzner and the entire staff at Road Atlanta have worked diligently to bring this idea to reality and we are grateful for all they have done to accommodate us. We feel sure that this is the first step in a long term association which we would like to see culminate in the North American Touring Car Championship running a full championship weekend here," said Elliot.
Spitzner added, "Jim Kanely (president of Road Atlanta) and I have always believed that Super Touring racing would become very successful in North America. We've worked hard to get in on the ground floor of this exciting class of racing."
Two full rounds will be held during the weekend - both on Sunday afternoon with time for practice and one qualifying session on Saturday. "We want to run through the entire weekend as if it was a full Championship event. We want to give the teams an opportunity for a 'dry run' if you will, before our official Championship opening weekend at Lime Rock Park," said Elliot. "Road Atlanta is a first class facility run by a great group of people. We think it's terrific to bring North American Super Touring racing to the site of so much exciting racing history."
Super Touring races begin with a standing start - a procedure new to many North American teams. Race weekends also include a drivers parade, and organized autograph sessions in the paddock. "Sure, this is all new to many of our teams, but given the chance to go through it once at Road Atlanta, I've no doubt they'll all catch on very quickly," commented Elliot. "Having said that, I'm positive that what we'll see on the track that weekend will be a terrific show.
One additional, and final, date is expected to be added to the NATCC calendar within two weeks.
For more information, call Tom Hnatiw at the Championship office or, Kurt Spitzner, Road Atlanta Ltd. 770-967-6143