17 May, 1997 BACK-TO-BACK SPORTSCAR RACES CONNECTICUT LOTTERY PRESENTS THE DODGE DEALERS GRAND PRIX MAY 23-26, 1997 DRIVERS AUTOGRAPH SESSION -- is scheduled for Saturday, May 24, from 11:00 am - 12:00 Noon on the midway in front of...
17 May, 1997
BACK-TO-BACK SPORTSCAR RACES
CONNECTICUT LOTTERY PRESENTS THE DODGE DEALERS GRAND PRIX MAY 23-26, 1997 DRIVERS AUTOGRAPH SESSION -- is scheduled for Saturday, May 24, from 11:00 am - 12:00 Noon on the midway in front of the SportsCar Merchandise Trailer. LIME ROCK ON THE INTERNET -- Check out Lime Rock 's new website at www.Limerock.com for event and track information. PADDOCK HOURS -- Mon., May 19, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Tues., May 20, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Wed., May 21, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Thur., May 22, 7:30 am thru Mon., May 26, 8:00 pm
DODGE DEALERS GRAND PRIX TELEVISION COVERAGE Exxon World SportsCar Championship -- Speedvision LIVE, May 26, 2:00 pm Fri., May 31, 3:00 am FOX Sports/Prime SportsChannel Wed., June 4, Check Local Listings Exxon Supreme GT Series Presented by Virgin Interactive Speedvision Sun., June 1, 3:00 pm & 10:00 pm Mon., June 2, 1:00 pm FOX Sports/Prime SportsChannel Wed., June 11, Check Local Listings
LIVE REALAUDIO COVERAGE -- All SportsCar races at Lime Rock and Watkins Glen will be covered LIVE on the SportsCar website www.professionalsportscar.com. To listen in you must download the RealAudio player in advance, by visiting RealAudio's website at http://www.realaudio.com/products/player.
LIME ROCK Mon., May 26, Exxon World SportsCar, 2:05 - 3:50 pm Exxon Supreme GT Series, 4:10 - 5:55 pm WATKINS GLEN Sat., May 31, SPEEDVISION Cup, 2:00 - 5:00 pm Sun., June 1, Black Magic Pro Series, 9:35 - 10:15 am Exxon WSC/GT, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
FIRST UNION SIX HOURS OF THE GLEN MAY 30-JUNE 1, 1997 PRE-RACE PROMOTIONS WESTERN AUTO -- Drivers and cars are requested for a promotion at Western Auto in Dewitt, NY (near Syracuse) on Tuesday, May 27 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. The promotion includes a live radio remote from WAQX and is conveniently located on the way from Lime Rock to Watkins Glen. Watkins Glen will provide parking at the track on Tuesday night for any teams participating in the promotion. However, no overnight camping will be allowed. TOYO RIDE & DRIVE -- Toyo Tire is organizing a dealer ride & drive event on Tuesday, May 27 at Mercer Community College in Rochester, NY. Contact Roy Dencklau, at Toyo Tire (714) 236-2080. HOOTER'S PARTY -- A pre-race party at Hooter's in Rochester is scheduled for Thurs., May 29, from 3:00 - 7:00 pm. The promotion features a live radio remote from WCMF. Race cars are needed for display. Please contact Jennifer Burns at (310) 479-8881. Watkins Glen will provide transportation for drivers wishing to attend. RACE PARTY IN CORNING -- Drivers and race cars are requested for a party in downtown Corning, NY, on Fri., May 30th, from 7:00 - 10:30 pm. The party features entertainment, food, beverages, and SportsCar drivers signing autographs and race cars on display. Contact: Corning Intown Promotions at (607) 937-9972.
PADDOCK APPEARANCE-- As part of the ongoing effort to improve the presentation of the SportsCar paddock at the race track, each team will be provided four colorful SportsCar flags and flag poles to display on their transporter while in the paddock. Exxon World SportsCar and Exxon Supreme GT competitors will be provided the flags and poles at Lime Rock, while the SPEEDVISION Cup and Black Magic Pro Series teams will receive their flags and poles at Watkins Glen. SportsCar is providing four 10-foot flag poles with a 3/4 inch outside diameter, and four 4B9 X 6B9 flags. Teams need to provide a flag pole holder to attach the 3/4-inch poles to their transporters.
FERRARI CHALLENGE -- The Ferrari Challenge travels to Sears Point this weekend (May 16-18) for the Wine Country Classic, one of the major vintage and historic races organized in California by Steve Earle, founder and organizer of the Monterey Historic Auto Races at Laguna Seca. The "other" Steve Earle (1996 F355 champion) and Tom Papadopoulos are tied for the lead in the point standings.
PIKES PEAK ADDS TRANS-AM TO SPORTSCAR WEEKEND – The September 26 -28 SportsCar weekend at Pikes Peak International Raceway has added the SCCA Trans-Am, World Challenge and Spec Racer Ford Pro Series to the event. For the SCCA, the combined weekend replaces their race previously scheduled September 5-7 at PPIR.
SPORTSCAR OFFICE OPEN IN PARIS -- To better service the FIA and European-based manufacturers and teams, SportsCar has opened an office in Paris, France. The office, headed by Karyn Sagon, is located at 10, Place Vendome, 75001 Paris, France. Phone: (33)15345-5478. Fax: (33)15345-5479.
DISCOVERY CHANNEL -- The Discovery Channel is airing a special called Fast Cars: The Power and the Passion later this month. The hour-long show includes features on the Ferrari F50, Porsche 911 Turbo AWD and the Callaway Corvette. The Callaway portion of the program covers not only the road car, but also features the Corvette LM and C7 race cars. Program time: May 19, 9 pm and Midnight; May 24, 7 pm; May 31, 9 pm; June 1, 1 am. All times Eastern. Call (800) 813-7409 for Pacific air times.
LAMBORGHINI CHAMPIONSHIP -- The Lamborghini Championship by Star Racing is accelerating towards their goal of establishing an American series patterned after the extremely successful Super Sport Trophy that runs in Europe. Ron Atapattu, President of Star Racing, recently traveled to Italy to check on the production of the special Diablo Roadster R that will be run in the American series. The Roadster R is carefully modified for racing and features the 540 horsepower, V12 Lamborghini engine. Each vehicle will be equally-prepared and maintained to identical standards of performance ... "It’s a total entertainment and driving package so that owners and drivers don’t need to worry about their vehicle up keep, explains Atapattu. The Lamborghini Championship will provide for all vehicle transportation, technical support and a hospitality village at each event for participants, sponsors and guests ... For more information, contact Star Racing: Phone/(954) 574-0165; Internet/www.star-racing.com; Eemail@example.com. FIA GT UPDATE -- Round 2 of the FIA GT Championship was held last weekend at Silverstone (England). The race, which was stopped early due to severe weather conditions, was won by the #9 Team BMW Motorsport McLaren F1 GTR of Peter Kox and Roberto Ravaglia. Tommy Archer and Justin Bell combined to win the GT2 class in the #52 Team ORECA Dodge Viper GTS-R ... In round 1 at Hockenheim (Germany) on April 13, the #8 Team BMW Motorsport McLaren F1 GTR of J.J. Lehto and Steve Soper took the win, with Olivier Beretta and Philippe Gache taking the GT2 victory in the #51 Team Oreca Dodge Viper GTS-R ... The final two rounds of the 1997 FIA GT Championship will run in conjunction with the final two rounds of the 1997 SportsCar season at Sebring (October 18) and Laguna Seca (October 26)
TERRY MACDONALD-CADIEUX UPDATE -- Terry MacDonald-Cadieux continues to recover from injuries incurred in an incident during the SPEEDVISION Cup race at Road Atlanta. Terry suffered two fractures of the C-2 vertebrae and is wearing a halo to stabilize the injury. Following is a letter she asked to be published in SportsCarFax:
Dear Friends, Competitors & Fans, We have something special here and few may ever realize it. But I had a chance to experience it through my accident at Road Atlanta. I would have never imagined how special our family of racers, the staff and fans at SportsCar could be. You people have blessed me so much. I have received so may telephone calls, flowers, cards, baskets, and even a teddy bear. All of which made me laugh, smile and feel so special, so loved. I know mere words could never express my feelings of gratitude, but I am so thankful to all of you. The prayers that went up truly helped. I feel God’s power and His healing strength with me daily. Even the doctors say my neck is healing quickly and I may get the halo removed after six weeks. I stopped taking pain pills four days after my accident. Following prayer at my church the second Sunday after the accident, I was able to sleep the entire night in a bed. (Prior to that, I spent the night sitting/sleeping in a chair.) I just want to thank all of you for your concern, care and love. We have a very special family here and I am proud to be apart of it.
Thank you, Terry MacDonald-Cadieux.
RIDES AVAILABLE -- Exxon World SportsCar Championship Davin Racing/BMW Argo-P - Edd Davin (757) 721-7300 Fantasy Junction/Chevy Cannibal - Bruce Trenery (510) 653-7555 TRV Motorsports/Chevy Kudzu - Tom Volk (419) 535-5665 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 SPEEDVISION Cup Hacker Express - Paul Hacker (518) 758-9412 T.A.P. Racing - Ivor Wigham (352) 628-2834 Black Magic Pro Series Stephens Bros. Racing - Shane Stephens (918) 583-1135