AMERICAN STOCKCAR CHAMPIONSHIP SET TO DEBUT NEXT MONTH IN SPORTSCAR GRAND PRIX AT LAS VEGAS 14 August, 1997 International Motor Sports Group (IMSG) today announced the new American StockCar Championship will debut with an invitational race at...
AMERICAN STOCKCAR CHAMPIONSHIP SET TO DEBUT NEXT MONTH IN SPORTSCAR GRAND PRIX AT LAS VEGAS
14 August, 1997
International Motor Sports Group (IMSG) today announced the new American StockCar Championship will debut with an invitational race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 20, 1997. Competitors will race for more than $300,000 in appearance and prize money posted for the event. IMSG's American StockCar Championship is a new road racing series for tube-frame, production-based race cars representing the major American automobile manufacturers. Tube-frame race cars currently eligible in GTS-1 and Trans-Am will be allowed to compete in the Las Vegas event.
The Las Vegas invitational race, sanctioned by Professional SportsCar Racing, Inc. (SportsCar), will be a one-hour, 45-minute contest and will include one pit stop. The race will run in conjunction with the existing SportsCar Grand Prix at Las Vegas weekend (September 18 - 20), which will also feature the Exxon World SportsCar Championship and Exxon Supreme GT Series presented by Virgin Interactive. "Stock car racing has a rich tradition reaching the broadest cross-section of motorsports fans,"said Andrew Evans, Chairman of IMSG. "Our strategic partners, Time Warner, FOX Television and many others, are very excited about the potential of this new road racing championship." "As we announced 30 days ago, we are looking to build a championship which has as many as 36 cars per race representing the key brands of major North American automobile manufacturers," continued Evans. "With the backing of our strategic partners and the terrific opportunity to promote this stock car road racing series around North America, we will be able to improve our fan base." "Economically, we have changed the paradigm (model)," continued Evans. "In nearly all of our events, we will be financial partners with the track promoter. Therefore, it is incumbent on us to create the very best show with the very best drivers and manufacturers in racing." IMSG has formed a StockCar Commission for road racing to assist with the creation and management of the sporting and technical regulations. Commission members who attended the initial meeting in July included Dave Watson/Series Brand Manager, Joe Negri/GM Motorsports, Dean Case and Brad Buenting/Ford SVO, Paul Gentilozzi/Rocketsports Racing, Michael Alex/Pratt & Miller, Jim Frasier/Technosport Automotive, Dave King and Frank Parker/Pickett Racing, as well as several representatives from SportsCar. A working draft of the 1998 American StockCar Championship Sporting and Technical Regulations will be available by September 1, 1997, with the final version targeted for September 15, 1997.