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St. Louis area Pro Mod racer Tim McAmis to tackle Gateway International Raceway. MADISON, Ill. (June 24, 2003) -- Entering the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, being held this weekend as part of the Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway...

St. Louis area Pro Mod racer Tim McAmis to tackle Gateway International Raceway.

MADISON, Ill. (June 24, 2003) -- Entering the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, being held this weekend as part of the Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway, St. Louis area racer, chassis builder and resident Tim McAmis holds the NHRA Pro Mod record for elapsed time (E.T.) at 6.084 seconds, which he set in May at the K&N Filters SuperNationals in Englishtown, N.J.

Pro Mod is an exhibition class on the NHRA national event circuit and races at 10 of the 23 NHRA national events. At St. Louis, the sixth event on the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, McAmis will attempt to qualify his '63 supercharged Corvette twice each day on Friday (June 27) and Saturday (June 28) at 4:45 and 7:45 p.m., with eliminations for all classes beginning Sunday afternoon (June 29) at 4:30 p.m. All times are Central Daylight Time (local time) and subject to change without notice.

McAmis, a native of Hawk Point, Mo., has added incentive to win this weekend. "So far we've been lucky enough to qualify for all the events this season, but there is always added pressure to qualify before the hometown crowd," said McAmis. "We'll have a lot of friends visiting our pit area and that always makes things a lot more hectic but we welcome each and everyone who comes by to see us. Our job will be to focus on the event and make a respectable showing before the home town fans. We'll give it our best shot. We want to win this particular race. There's extra pride and incentive to win at Gateway, not to mention the points that go along with the win."

McAmis began his racing career in Top Sportsman on the IHRA circuit. In 1990, after two seasons in Top Sportsman, he made the transition to Pro Modified, a new IHRA professional class. McAmis led the way that inaugural season winning the championship. After the 1990 season, McAmis reverted to a part-time schedule when he launched Tim McAmis Race Cars, Inc.

A desire in 1992 to open his own chassis shop brought many changes to the racing career of Tim McAmis. New ideas and changes could now be implemented in the fast track world of Pro Modified. Today Tim McAmis Race Cars, Inc. employs 20 full-time fabricators and supplies Pro Modified race cars to some of the best drivers in the business. Nearly 80-percent of the race cars built at McAmis' shop are Pro Mods.

In 1998, McAmis teamed up with longtime IHRA Quick 8 racer Roger Sanders. Running a brand new 1963 Corvette, the team went on to score one national event win and one runner-up to finish fifth in the IHRA point standings for the year. After competing only part time in 1999, the Lenoir, N.C., based Sanders Motorsports (Sanders Electric Motor Service Company) and McAmis return to the IHRA circuit with an all out effort to capture the Pro Mod championship in 2000. Falling short, the team returned to a less demanding part-time schedule before heading to the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge full-time this season.

Thus far in 2003, McAmis, currently fourth in the DRO/NMM Cup point standings, has won the season-opening Mac Tools Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. and claimed the top qualifying spot at the K&N Filters SuperNationals in Englishtown, N.J., the same event he set the E.T. record for the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge. A record that McAmis feels may stand for a while due to a rule change that will go into effect for the last four events of the season.

"The overdrive rule for the supercharger was changed again. An additional four percent was knocked off the overdrive. Instead of 29-percent the new rule now calls for 25-percent. It won't affect St. Louis, but it will definitely challenge all teams at the final four races of our 2003 season," explained McAmis.

The percent of overdrive is how much faster you can spin the supercharger than the crankshaft. So, 29-percent over means you're spinning the supercharger 29-percent faster than the crank. Anytime you take percentage away you reduce the speed of the supercharger, thus in essence reducing the boost. Boost equates to horsepower so you're reducing horsepower and performance . "This couldn't have come at a worst time of the year," added McAmis. "We've got the heat, humidity and hotter track conditions and those factors by themselves will limit performance. The end result may help us maintain the E.T. record for some time to come . "Not only did they reduce the overdrive of the supercharged cars but they increased the nitrous cars by another 30 cubic inches. They wanted more parity between the supercharged Pro Mod cars and the nitrous-assisted Pro Mods, but the end results may have been to take too much performance away from the supercharged cars. We'll just have to wait and see."

TELEVISION: The Pro Mod action from the last event at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. (Chicago) can be viewed on ESPN2 on Saturday, June 28 at 2 a.m. Also, if you can't view this weekend's race in person, for a close-up of the Pro Mod action from Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill. (St. Louis) tune in to ESPN2 on Thursday, July 10 at 3:30 p.m. (Repeat: Saturday, July 26 and Monday, July 28 at 5 a.m.). All times are Eastern Time and subject to change without notice.

-tmr-

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