European WSC invited to last two races

EUROPEAN WORLD SPORTSCARS INVITED TO NORTH AMERICA 16 September, 1997 TAMPA, Fla. (September 16, 1997) -- Professional SportsCar Racing, Inc. (SportsCar) today announced that European World SportsCar teams have been invited to participate in...

EUROPEAN WORLD SPORTSCARS INVITED TO NORTH AMERICA

16 September, 1997

TAMPA, Fla. (September 16, 1997) -- Professional SportsCar Racing, Inc. (SportsCar) today announced that European World SportsCar teams have been invited to participate in the final two rounds of the sanctioning body's North American Exxon World SportsCar Championship at Sebring (October 18) and Laguna Seca (October 26), in anticipation of the European teams competing in SportsCar-sanctioned endurance races in 1998.

Both turbocharged and normally-aspirated European World SportsCars are invited to Sebring and Laguna. The turbocharged cars will run under the 1997 Le Mans specifications, with the following exceptions: cast iron instead of carbon brakes, 17-inch wheels in place of 18-inch wheels, and a five-speed gearbox versus a six-speed gearbox.

The European teams are eligible for the same prize money and bonus package as Exxon World SportsCar Championship competitors, plus they will be offered some travel money. The European teams will not be eligible for Exxon World SportsCar Championship points.

"Having the European teams benefits the series several ways," said Andrew Evans, chairman of SportsCar. "It allows us to finish the 1997 season with two great Exxon World SportsCar Championship races that could include the Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans-winning cars. It will also allow us to gather technical data as we develop an equivalency formula for next season's 12 and 24-hour races."

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