SPORTSCARFAX VOL. 2, NO. 17 COUNTDOWN TO THE MOSPORT FESTIVAL AUGUST 28-31, 1997 MOSPORT FESTIVAL TELEVISION COVERAGE -- The Nashville Network (TNN) will telecast the Exxon Supreme GT Series presented by Virgin Interactive race live on...
SPORTSCARFAX VOL. 2, NO. 17
COUNTDOWN TO THE MOSPORT FESTIVAL
AUGUST 28-31, 1997
MOSPORT FESTIVAL TELEVISION COVERAGE -- The Nashville Network (TNN) will telecast the Exxon Supreme GT Series presented by Virgin Interactive race live on Saturday, August 30, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm EDT. The SportsCar GT race will re-air on the FOX Sports/Prime/SportsChannel network’s Motorsports Hour the week of September 17. Sunday’s Exxon World SportsCar Championship race will air first on Speedvision September 5 and then on the FOX Sports/Prime/SportsChannel network's Motorsports Hour the week of September 10. The Mosport SPEEDVISION Cup race is scheduled to air on Speedvision September 6 at 2:00 pm, followed by the Black Magic Pro Series at 4:30 pm. A complete listing is on the following page.
RON FELLOWS TO DRIVE FERRARI -- Ron Fellows, one of Canada’s premier race car drivers, will co-drive the #43 Ferrari 333 SP with Rob Morgan in the Mosport Exxon World SportsCar Championship race. Fellows, who has competed extensively in Canadian motorsport series, is best known for his success in the Trans-Am Championship. In 95 Trans-Am starts, Fellows has won 19 times, been fastest qualifier on 13 occasions, has 60 top five finishes and owns the Trans-Am qualifying track record at Mosport. He drove for the Buz McCall Chevrolet factory team the past two seasons. This season, Fellows drove the Callaway C7R in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series ... "To say I am absolutely thrilled at the prospect of driving the Ferrari at Mosport is an understatement," said Fellows. "I don’t know much about the car but I do know that it should reach speeds of close to 300 kilometres per hour (approximately 187 mph) on the back straight and that’s very fast, no matter what type of car you are driving. The Ferrari will likely be 8-10 seconds per lap faster than Trans-Am cars. I have followed the Exxon World SportsCar Championship from afar and I am impressed with the quality of cars, teams and drivers that are involved in the series."
SUPPLEMENTAL REGULATIONS -- Supplemental Regulations for the Mosport Festival are in the mail and available on SportsCar Fax on Demand. To receive the Supp Regs via fax, call (201) 947-7455 from the handset of your fax machine and request document number 4661.
MOSPORT FESTIVAL LIVE MUSIC -- The Mosport Festival features the first collaboration between SportsCar and Warner/Avalon on live entertainment at SportsCar races. Scheduled to appear are Tom Cochrane, The Goo Goo Dolls, Sass Jordan, Marcia Ball and others.
MOSPORT TRACK IMPROVEMENTS -- The first phase of track improvements have been completed at Mosport with the grading and repaving of the "hump" that existed just before turn eight near the end of the Mario Andretti Straightaway. For the last two years, a temporary chicane has been installed to slow the cars and prevent them from getting airborne as they crested the hump.
SPECTATOR IMPROVEMENTS -- In addition to the track improvements, several improvements have been made in the spectator areas. Temporary grandstands and hospitality suites have been set up along the front straight, two jumbo screen TVs are being erected, many of the washrooms have been upgraded and playgrounds have been added in both the infield and the family camping area.
FERRARI CHALLENGE NEWS -- The 1997 Ferrari Challenge is at Lime Rock Park this weekend for the next-to-last North American round of this season. Tom Papadopoulos, winner this year at Sebring and Montreal, leads the driver standings with 815 points. Ten points back in second place is Carlos Hank, Jr. (winner at Sears Point and Texas race #1) with 805 points. 1996 Ferrari Challenge Champion Steve Earle (winner of Texas race #2) is in third place with 795 points. Following Lime Rock, the Ferrari Challenge concludes with races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, September 18-20 and the Ferrari Challenge International Finals at Pergusa, Italy, November 7-9.
TELEVISION SCHEDULE -- Television coverage of the Mosport Festival races is as follows: Exxon World SportsCar Championship Speedvision 9/5 9:00 pm EDT Speedvision 9/6 1:00 am EDT Speedvision 9/6 12:00 pm EDT FOX/Prime 9/10 Motorsports Hour by Chevrolet Exxon Supreme GT Series Presented by Virgin Interactive TNN 8/30 LIVE 1:00 pm EDT Speedvision 9/7 1:00 pm EDT Speedvision 9/7 10:00 pm EDT FOX/Prime 9/17 Motorsports Hour by Chevrolet SPEEDVISION Cup for Stock SportsCars Speedvision 9/6 2:00 pm EDT Black Magic Pro Series Speedvision 9/6 4:30 pm EDT Speedvision 9/14 2:30 pm EDT Speedvision 9/19 10:00 pm EDT Speedvision 9/19 2:00 am EDT
TEST DAY -- A SportsCar-sanctioned pre-race test day (open to all SportsCar competitors) is scheduled on Wednesday, August 27, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. The fee is $400 U.S. or $520 Canadian per car. Registration will be handled at the track in the paddock.
CANADIAN CUSTOMS -- Per the Supplemental Regulations, USA-based teams should follow these procedures: 1.) Prepare an inventory list of everything you are bringing across the border, including your rig and race car(s). 2.) When you reach the border, tell Customs officials you are racing at Mosport and provide them the Bond #35-738707. 3.) Complete an E29B form that they will provide. 4.) When you are leaving Canada after the event, you must remember to stop at Canadian Customs and cancel the Bond.
STARTING DRIVERS/DRIVER CHANGES -- Per the Mosport Supp Regs, all entrants for all classes in all races must submit the name of the driver who will start the race in his/her car within one hour of the completion of final qualifying for their respective car by recording it on the tech card for that car at the tech impound area ... Also per the Mosport Supp Regs, each entrant or his/her designated representative should inform a person designated by SportsCar of an impending pit stop which will include a driver change within a minimum of two laps prior to the stop. The team manager or crew chief must sign the pit stop report advising work completed and names of drivers into and out of the car. The pit stop report form must be submitted to the designated pit marshall ... Both of these policies are designed to provide more accurate and better television coverage of SportsCar events. Questions concerning these policies should be addressed in pre-race team managers/crew chiefs and driver briefings at Mosport. Your cooperation is extremely important and greatly appreciated.
SPORTSCAR STAFF PROMOTIONS -- Several staff promotions have been made in recent weeks: Jennifer Burns has been promoted to Vice President of Marketing. Burns was previously Director of Marketing. Bob Holland was promoted to SportsCar Event Manager from his previous position as Director of Account Services. Cindy Robinson takes over as Director of Account Services, having previously been the Director of Manufacturer Services.
FIA GT NEWS -- The 1997 FIA GT Championship travels to the new A-1 Ring in Zeltweg, Austria this weekend for round six of 11. The three-car AMG Mercedes team set the fastest three times in today's practice sessions ... Team BMW Motorsport drivers J.J. Lehto and Steve Soper -- winners of the last race at Spa -- lead the GT-1 drivers championship. Viper Team Oreca driver Justin Bell leads the GT-2 drivers championship.
RIDES AVAILABLE -- Exxon World SportsCar Championship Davin Racing/BMW Argo-P Edd Davin (757) 721-7300 TRV Motorsports/Chevy Kudzu Tom Volk (419) 535-5665 Fantasy Junction/Chevy Cannibal Bruce Trenery (510) 653-7555 Brown Motorsports/Olds Spice Bobby Brown (419) 756-9191 SER/Chevrolet Spice Rod Everett (714) 776-9400 Exxon Supreme GT Series Kent Racing/Chevy Monte Carlo Kent Painter (970) 493-8474 Kryderacing/Nissan 240SX Sandy Kryder (888) 854-4889 LG Motorsports/Ford Mustang Scott Carpenter (972) 272-7864 Pro-Technik/Porsche 911 Sam Shalala (281) 879-8861 Porsche 911 David Friedman (800) 221-7666 Turning Point /Porsche 911 Ken Young (805) 529-4464 Overbagh Chevy Camaro W.H. Overbagh (804) 751-2235 Jack Lewis Ent./Porsche 911 Jack Lewis (770) 849-0302 Rice Racing/Pontiac Grand Prix Vic Rice (415) 927-1700 SPEEDVISION Cup Mustang Cobra R & Olds Achieva Paul Hacker (518) 758-9412 SpeedSource/Mazda RX-7 Turbo S. Tremblay (954) 481-8331 Pontiac Firebird Formula Burnell Cochran (800) 651-4171 Ford Mustang Cobra R Ed Zabinski (561) 747-4118 Pontiac Firebird Formula Joe Aquilante (610) 933-0608 T.A.P. Racing/Audi A4 1.8T Ivor Wigham (352) 628-2834 Snipes Ford Mustang Cobra R Chuck Snipes (919) 735-8411 Toyota Supra & Honda Prelude Si Shawn Passen (800) 441-8913 GTI Racing/Nissan 240SX John Norris (310) 575-4249 Performance Mtrsprts Honda Jason Potter (513) 524-2153 Pontiac Firebird Formula Kyle Nevius (941) 263-8686 Black Magic Pro Series Stephens Bros. Racing Shane Stephens (918) 583-1135