Jennifer Tumminelli Gains Silicon Graphics as Sponsor

Mountain View, CA., January 25, 1999 -- Silicon Graphics today announced it is sponsoring Jennifer Tumminelli, a Pro Star Formula Mazda Driver and former PPG Pace Car Driver, in the Women's Global GT Championship Qualifier. Conceived as a...

Mountain View, CA., January 25, 1999 -- Silicon Graphics today announced it is sponsoring Jennifer Tumminelli, a Pro Star Formula Mazda Driver and former PPG Pace Car Driver, in the Women's Global GT Championship Qualifier.

Conceived as a support series to the American LeMans Series the Inaugural Women's' Global GT Championship series will bring together leading women race car drivers from around the globe to compete in a one hour endurance race format. The 16 drivers will compete in identically prepared Panoz GT-RA race cars with 305+ HP Ford 4.6 liter dohc Mustang Cobra V-8 weighing 2500 pounds riding on Michelin Street tires.

Qualifications will be held January 27-29th at Road America in Braselton, GA., where Tumminelli, along with 67 other women racers, will participate in the try-outs. The qualification will include a five-lap timed segment, image awareness and driver evaluations based on media interviews, physical and mental readiness evaluations by Human Performance International of Charlotte, N.C. The 16 drivers who make the field will receive their notification on February 4th, which is coincidental to "National Girls and Women in Sports Day".

"I'm excited about having Silicon Graphics on board." Tumminelli stated. Adding futher, "Silicon Graphics is a recognized leader in supporting women-owned business' and women's advancement in the workplace. Having Silicon Graphics on board to be a part of this history-making event shows their real commitment to the professional development of girls and women in sports."

Silicon Graphics also sponsors the Newman/Haas Racing team in the FedEx CART Championship. Newman/Haas uses SGI systems for three-dimensional visualization to understand the interaction of multiple variables such as G-forces, engine temperatures, fuel and pressure levels, suspension/braking and speed - that affect the Indy cars and drivers (Michael Andretti and Christian Fittipaldi) performance.

Silicon Graphics, Inc. is a leading supplier of visual computing and high-performance systems. The company offers the broadest range of products in the industry -- from low-end desktop workstations to servers and high-end supercomputers. Key industries include communications, energy, entertainment, government, manufacturing and sciences. Silicon Graphics and its subsidiaries have offices throughout the world and headquarters in Mountain View, California.

The Women's Global GT Championship Series Schedule: April 18 Road Atlanta,GA June 27 Mosport Park, Ont, CANADA July 25 Sears Point Raceway, CA August 1 Portland, OR September 18 Road Atlanta, GA October 10 Laguna Seca, CA N ovember 7 Downtown Streets of San Diego, CA

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Series IMSA Others , Pro Mazda
Drivers Michael Andretti , Christian Fittipaldi