USTCC: 2003 season plans and schedule announcement

Richmond, CA -- The United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) series has announced its 2003 season schedule. This season will see the USTCC visiting many of its favorite tracks, as well as incorporate some new tracks and events into its ...

Richmond, CA -- The United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) series has announced its 2003 season schedule. This season will see the USTCC visiting many of its favorite tracks, as well as incorporate some new tracks and events into its schedule. The 2003 season will also see the arrival of new car makes and models into the series.

The series' third season will start in Las Vegas on March 22nd-23rd at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which marks the second time that Vegas has served as the USTCC opening round. Next up the teams will travel to Portland International Raceway in Portland Oregon May 3rd - 4th. In July the team travels to California Speedway July 12th-13th to race with Hyperfest. "Hyperfest and USTCC go together like fish and water." Says Ali Arsham, USTCC Coordinator. Hyperfest is an import car festival with events such as burn out contest, bikini contest, car show, road racing, radio controlled car racing and many other functions in one place at one time. These are big spectator events that cater to the sport compact enthusiast. Hyperfest is fueled by some big names such as Pep Boys and Circle K who will have flyers at every store in the region. Then, it is on to a new venue, racing for the first time at the new race track in Reno, Nevada on August 9-10. Later in August the USTCC travels across the country to a new USTCC venue, Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 23rd-24th . Then it's on to Phoenix, Arizona for a race at another brand new facility, this the Arizona Motorsports Park located just outside Phoenix. In October, the series moves to Infineon Raceway (Sears Point) in Sonoma, California October 24th-25th. The California Speedway race, the Charlotte race and the Sears Point races will all be Hyper-fest events. The 2003 season will finish up with what is sure to be an exciting race at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California on November 29th-30th.

The 2003 season will see the addition of some fantastic cars to the series. Assorted new Hondas and Acuras, including a Spoon RSX Type R and a Hasport H22 powered Integra, as well as a Mitsubishi Evo 8, Ford Focus and a Hyundai Tiburon V6, will be among the scheduled additions. Also keep your eyes out for the return of some of our favorite makes and models, such as the Honda Civics, BMWs, Subaru WRX, Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V, Mazda Proteges and yours truly, Jeff Lepper, in my Dodge Neon.

This season will also see the return of our 2002 A'Pex Integration Rookie of the Year Thomas Pitre and our 2000 Rookie of the Year Jonathon Meris. Pitre comes back with the same car, the Gogogear.com Acura Integra, that is virtually entirely rebuilt. Meris comes back with a brand new Honda Civic.

Perhaps the biggest news of the season is the switch to Toyo RA-1 race tires as the spec tires for the series. This was done in an effort to save the teams money by reducing their budgets. "Unlike other series, we are commited to doing whatever we can to keep costs down in our series and Toyo has helped us do that." Commented Arsham.

The series is growing fast and we have seen national exposure in numerous publications, including Grassroots Motorsports, Super Street, Total Speed, Import Racer, and Sport Compact Car, which features summary articles of all of the races. The 2003 season's sponsors include Toyo tires, KAAZ, CRC Industries, Goneracing.com, Ground Control Suspensions, Pyrotect, Advanced Clutch Technology, K&N Filters, Honda, Mazda, DENSO spark plugs, Konig wheels, AEM, FLUIDYNE, Eibach, Permatex, AEM Engineering, HAP Recycling, SSF Auto Parts, A'Pex Integration, Specialty Products, Swisstech Tools and many more! Some like DENSO have upped their participation level for 2003 and many new sponsors are coming on board for 2003 such as Cobalt Friction and Speedtoys.com.

It should be a great season with lots of new faces, new cars, and the return of most of the last season's teams. For more information, please visit www.ustcc.com .

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Drivers Ali Arsham , Jeff Lepper