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FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Aug. 29, 2000) -- The Women's Global GT Series, the only professional racing series for women in North America, is only in its second year of existence in 2000. Nearly everything about the series still has the look and feel of...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Aug. 29, 2000) -- The Women's Global GT Series, the only professional racing series for women in North America, is only in its second year of existence in 2000. Nearly everything about the series still has the look and feel of "new" to it.

But there will be even more newness for the drivers of the series as they help inaugurate the just-completed infield road course at Texas Motor Speedway in the Grand Prix of Texas this weekend. The series will run a 45-minute race at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sep. 3.

The WGGTS, founded by Don Panoz as a companion to the American Le Mans Series, features women drivers in equally prepared Panoz Esperante race cars that are provided by the Panoz Racing School at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga.

Texas Motor Speedway will be the fourth venue for the series this season. After starting the season at Sebring, Fla., the series has also raced at California's Sears Point Raceway and at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. The road course at Texas Motor Speedway incorporates part of the 1.5-mile, high-banked superspeedway.

"The greatest factor will be that no one has raced at Texas before, and no one has tested," said WGGTS driver Terri Hundertmark of Indianapolis. "We're all starting from scratch. All any of us will know the first time we slip behind the wheel is what the track looks like on paper.

"I think getting on and off the banking smoothly will be a big challenge," said Hundertmark, who enters the Texas Motor Speedway race eighth in the series point standings. "You can lose a lot of speed there if you don't get it right. Trying to set the car up so it handles well on the banking of the oval and on the twisting infield road course is tough."

The Grand Prix of Texas includes racing events for five series, headlined by a two-hour, 45-minute race for the American Le Mans Series under the lights at 7 p.m. on Saturday night, Sep. 2. Following Sunday morning's race for the Women's Series will be events for the BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series, the Speedvision World Challenge and the Star Mazda Series.

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