2004 U.S. Touring Car Championship preview The upcoming 2004 U.S. Touring Car Championship (USTCC) season looks to be filled with new competitors, many new venues, some very exciting developments within the series, and more of the close, ...
2004 U.S. Touring Car Championship preview
The upcoming 2004 U.S. Touring Car Championship (USTCC) season looks to be filled with new competitors, many new venues, some very exciting developments within the series, and more of the close, action-packed racing that USTCC competitors and fans alike have come to expect.
One of the most exciting developments in USTCC is the addition of east coast races for 2004. An innovative championship structure allows teams to count seven races of their choice out of the total fourteen events towards the national championship. This allows smaller-budget teams the opportunity to run only the races nearest to them and still compete for the national title while also allowing other teams the chance to pick and choose events across the country at which they feel they will be most competitive. As always, USTCC will compete at some of the most coveted tracks in North America including Mid Ohio, Sears Point, Road America, Summit Point, Mont Tramblant, Road Atlanta, California Speedway, Portland International, and more.
The 2004 USTCC season will again benefit from major sponsorship interest from highly respected companies such as Toyo Tires, Konig Wheels, KAAZ, Advanced Clutch, Fluidyne, Castrol Syntec, AEM, Denso, Apex Integration, 300 degrees, Mini USA, Ground Control, Ford, Honda, Permatex, Honda Auto Parts, Speedtoys.com and many others. The total cash and contingency prize value for the 2003 season exceeded $90,000.
The U.S. Touring Car Series was formed in 2000 and has grown today to become one of the leading professional road race series in North America. USTCC features popular sport sedan and sport compact marques such as BMW, Audi, Honda, VW, Toyota, Ford, Dodge, and Mini among others. The rules allow for highly-prepared chassis, suspension, and aerodynamics while restricting engine internal modifications and transmissions to stock configuration to contain cost for competitors.