PSR

IMSG drops unification efforts

IMSG DROPS EFFORTS TO UNITE SPORTS CAR RACING 25 June, 1997 TAMPA, Fla. (June 25, 1997) -- International Motor Sports Group (IMSG) officials today confirmed they had dropped their efforts to form a business alliance with the pro-racing...

IMSG DROPS EFFORTS TO UNITE SPORTS CAR RACING

25 June, 1997

TAMPA, Fla. (June 25, 1997) -- International Motor Sports Group (IMSG) officials today confirmed they had dropped their efforts to form a business alliance with the pro-racing division of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). Discussions, initiated by IMSG, had been ongoing during the last several months in a bid to combine the activities of IMSG's Professional SportsCar Racing, Inc. subsidiary and the SCCA's Trans-Am Championship.

"Our attempts to work with the SCCA have been the worst kept secret in motor sports," said IMSG president Jack Long. "We felt that some combination of our two entities would have been beneficial to competitors and road racing fans; however, we have concluded that we will not find common ground with the SCCA."

IMSG has been aggressively exploring ways to enhance professional sports car racing in North America including partnering with the FIA to present races this October at Sebring International Raceway and Laguna Seca featuring both the Professional SportsCar Racing and FIA GT Championship. "We could no longer allow our talks with the SCCA to interfere with our continued efforts to enhance Professional SportsCar Racing's position as the premier road race sanctioning body in America," said Andrew Evans, IMSG Chairman.

IMSG stressed that the termination of talks with the SCCA will not affect the 1997 races scheduled for Mosport Park and Pikes Peak International Raceway. Each venue will feature both the SportsCar and Trans-Am series.

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