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TOSHIBA COPIERS & FAX CALIFORNIA GRAND PRIX - Fact Sheet WHAT: Toshiba Copiers & Fax California Grand Prix, 2-hour race for the Exxon World SportsCar Championship; 1-hour 45-minute Exxon Supreme GT Series Presented by Virgin Interactive for...


WHAT: Toshiba Copiers & Fax California Grand Prix, 2-hour race for the Exxon World SportsCar Championship; 1-hour 45-minute Exxon Supreme GT Series Presented by Virgin Interactive for GTS-1, GTS-2 and GTS-3 race; 3-hour SPEEDVISION Cup race for Stock SportsCars Grand Sports, Sports, Touring and Compact; 40-minute Black Magic Pro Series race WHERE: 2.52-mile road course Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, CA

WHEN: July 11-13, 1997

CONTACTS: Sears Point Raceway Rob Lopez (707) 938-8448 Professional SportsCar Racing, Inc. Ed Nicholls (813) 877-4672 Exxon World SportsCar Championship & Exxon Supreme GT Presented by Virgin Interactive Jack Gerken (714) 436-9900 SPEEDVISION Cup Dave Arnold (330) 673-4405 Black Magic Pro Series Beth Walters (704) 455-8666

TELEVISION: Exxon World SportsCar Championship Speedvision 7/13 4:00 pm EDT Speedvision 7/14 1:00 am EDT Speedvision 7/14 1:00 pm EDT FOX/Prime 7/30 The Motorsports Hour by Chevrolet

Exxon Supreme GT Series Presented by Virgin Interactive FOX Sports Network 7/13 LIVE 6:00 pm EDT Speedvision 7/19 10:00 pm EDT Speedvision 7/20 2:00 am EDT FOX/Prime 8/6 The Motorsports Hour by Chevrolet SPEEDVISION Cup for Stock SportsCars Speedvision 7/18 9:00 pm EDT Speedvision 7/19 1:00 am EDT Speedvision 7/19 2:00 pm EDT Speedvision 7/21 1:00 pm EDT Black Magic Pro Series Speedvision 7/20 3:00 pm EDT Speedvision 8/1 10:00 pm EDT Speedvision 8/2 2:00 am EDT Speedvision 8/23 2:30 pm EDT 1996 WINNERS: Exxon World SportsCar: Wayne Taylor, Scott Sharp/Oldsmobile R&S MK III Exxon Supreme GTS-1: Irv Hoerr, Darin Brassfield/Oldsmobile Aurora Exxon Supreme GTS-3: Pete Halsmer/BMW M3 Grand Sports: Stu Hayner, John Heinricy/Pontiac Firebird Formula Sports: Eric Van Cleef, Bob Henderson/Toyota Supra Touring: John Green, Terry Earwood/Honda Prelude Si Compact: Mark Mitchell, John Norris/Nissan 240SX Black Magic Pro Series: Mike Davies/Toyota World Sports Racer

SPORTSCAR ON Event press notes, driver quotes, timing and scoring sessions and race results will be INTERNET: available on the SportsCar website. From the bottom of the SportsCar home page go to the Toshiba Copiers & Fax California Grand Prix event logo to find the event information through the weekend, or from the Results and Standings button.

Toshiba Copiers & Fax California Grand Prix will feature a live audio broadcast over the website, Event coverage will feature: Sat., July 12: 3:00 pm PDT 3-hour SPEEDVISION Cup for Stock SportsCars Race Sun., July 13: 10:20 am PDT 40-minute Black Magic Pro Series Race Sun., July 13: 12:00 pm PDT 2-hour Exxon World SportsCar Championship Race Sun., July 13: 3:00 pm PDT 1-hour 45-minute Exxon Supreme GT Series Race

This coverage will be an "audio" broadcast and requires downloading the "Real Audio Player," A link to this download site is available from

COURSE RECORDS: EXXON WORLD SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP Qlfyg.: Butch Leitzinger/Ford R&S MK III 1:25.630/105.944 mph (7/96) Race lap: Didier Theys/Ferrari 333 SP 1:27.399/103.799 mph (7/96) 2 Hour: TBD EXXON SUPREME GTS-1 Qlfyg.: Darin Brassfield/Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 1:33.182/97.357 mph (7/95) Race lap: Darin Brassfield/Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 1:35.156/95.338 mph (7/95) 1 Hour 45 Min.: Johnny O'Connell 86.071 mph (7/95) EXXON SUPREME GTS-3 Qlfyg.: Pete Halsmer/BMW M3 1:39.047/91.592 mph (7/96) Race lap: Kevin Buckler/Porsche 911 1:41.240/89.608 mph (7/96) 1 Hour 45 Min.: TBD SPEEDVISION CUP GRAND SPORTS Qlfyg.: Kelly Collins/BMW M3 1:50.298/82.249 mph (7/96) Race lap: Kelly Collins/BMW M3 1:51.810/81.137 mph (7/96) 3 Hour: Mitch Wright, Andy Pilgrim 74.791 mph (8/88) SPEEDVISION CUP SPORTS Qlfyg.: Kris Wilson/Honda Prelude VTEC 1:54.965/78.910 mph (7/96) Race lap: Peter Cunningham/Honda Prelude VTEC 1:55.926/78.256 mph (7/95) 3 Hour: Peter Cunningham, Forrest Granlund 69.729 mph (7/95) SPEEDVISION CUP TOURING Qlfyg.: John Green/Honda Prelude Si 1:56.470/77.891 mph (7/96) Race lap: John Green/Honda Prelude Si 1:56.533/77.849 mph (7/96) 3 Hour: John Green, Terry Earwood 68.684 mph (7/95) SPEEDVISION CUP COMPACT Qlfyg.: David Daughtery/Nissan 240SX 1:58.850/76.331 mph (7/96) Race lap: Ron Emmick/Oldsmobile Achieva S 1:58.948/76.268 mph (7/95) 3 Hour: Ron Emmick, Chuck Hemmingson 68.672 mph (7/95) BLACK MAGIC PRO SERIES Qlfyg.: Mike Davies/Toyota 1:44.557/86.766 mph (7/96) Race lap: Mike Davies/Toyota 1:45.291/86.161 mph (7/96) 40 Min.: TBD



*Professional SportsCar Racing has held 17 races at Sears Point Raceway, having first raced there in 1976 and staging an event at the Napa Valley circuit every season thereafter through 1990. No SportsCar races were held at Sears Point from 1991 - 1994, but the series resumed racing at the track in 1995.

*Last season's Exxon World SportsCar Championship race featured the closest SportsCar finish ever at Sears Point. Oldsmobile R&S MK III driver Wayne Taylor, who went on to win the series title, crossed the finish line a mere .198 of a second ahead of Ferrari driver Max Papis.

*Elliott Forbes-Robinson, driver of the #20 Dyson Ford R&S MK III, leads the Exxon World SportsCar Championship point standings. EFR, with wins at Daytona and Watkins Glen, has a 24 point lead over Dyson Ford teammates Butch Leitzinger and James Weaver (121-97). The first non-Ford driver in the point standings is Rob Morgan, driver of the #43 Ferrari 333SP, who is in fourth place with 93 points.

*Ford and Ferrari are locked in a battle for the Exxon World SportsCar Championship Manufacturers title, with Ford leading Ferrari 130 - 124. Ford has three wins this season: Daytona, Atlanta and Watkins Glen; while Ferrari has won at Sebring and Lime Rock.


*Porsche 911 Turbo drivers Andy Pilgrim and Jochen Rohr lead the Exxon Supreme GTS-1 point standings by 27 points over Chevrolet Camaro drivers Roger Schramm and Stu Hayner. Each team has won once: Pilgrim/Rohr at Daytona and Schramm/Hayner at Lime Rock.

*In Exxon Supreme GTS-2 competition, teammates Larry Schumacher and John O'Steen lead the standings with 120 points. Third place is Franz Konrad with 103 points. All three drivers pilot the venerable Porsche 911 GT2.

*The Exxon Supreme GTS-3 division has seen a heated battle between BMW and Porsche teams. Porsche teams were victorious at Daytona and Atlanta, while BMW teams have won Sebring, Lime Rock and Watkins Glen. Porsche teammates David Murry and Jim Matthews lead the standings with 112 points, followed by BMW drivers Javier Quiros with 105 and Bill Auberlen with 104.

*Dennis Aase, driver of the #55 Porsche 911 in Exxon Supreme GTS-3, leads all active SportsCar drivers with three GT victories at Sears Point ('77, '81 & '84).


*A large field of sixty cars are entered for Saturday's SPEEDVISION Cup for Stock SportsCars race, including defending race winners Stu Hayner and John Heinricy in the #32 Pontiac Firebird Formula.Hayner and Heinricy's 1996 win was hard fought, as the three-hour race featured 12 lead changes among 10 different cars, with the final margin of victory only 1.7 seconds.

*Roseville's John Green is the only undefeated driver in Sears Point's four Stock SportsCar series starts; the 1985 race was his first pro win. He has won 26 races and two Touring Class Driver Championships. John and Mark Hein will share the #38 T-I Racing Honda Prelude Si.

*John Heinricy, who shares with Stu Hayner the #32 Phoenix-American Motorsports Pontiac Firebird Formula from Joe Aquilante's stable, leads all drivers with 3,827 overall race miles led since 1985. Heinricy is assistant chief engineer for the 1997 Chevrolet Corvette. He and Hayner are defending Sears Point race Grand Sports champions.

*Andy Pilgrim, the 1995 Grand Sports class champion, partners Beverly Hills 90210 actor Jason Priestley in the Triple Caution Racing Ford SVT Mustang Cobra R. Pilgrim will try to extend his all-time Professional SportsCar record of 96 consecutive race finishes in six series. The major portion of that record is 44 consecutive finishes in Stock SportsCar races.

The streak began July 19, 1992 at Laguna Seca with a third place in the Supercar race. It includes 17 race wins in 47 podium finishes and only five finishes out of the points. Twenty-two co-drivers have been involved.

Pilgrim also shares the Exxon Supreme GTS-1 points lead with Jochen Rohr, owner of the Rohr Motorsport Porsche 911 Turbo. His 1986 win in the Sears Point Stock SportsCar race was the first of 33 wins in his professional career.

*How far have Stock SportsCars cars and tires advanced since the series first appeared at Sears Point in 1985? David Daughtery won the Compact class pole at 76.331 mph last year in a Nissan 240SX. To compare, in 1985, Jon Milledge, of Campbell, won the Grand Sports pole at 74.268 mph in a Porsche 944.

*Will Nonnamaker, driver of the #41 Planet Earth Mazda, has invited members of the Mountain Lion Foundation to be the team's Sears Point guests. The Foundation will receive 10% of the race winnings by Will and co-driver Paul Dubinsky, using the money to help buy land on or near Mountain Lion habitats, thus extending their range. The Planet Earth team is sponsored by Dubinsky's DMP Corp., an environmental technology company which has designed contaminated water-cleaning equipment in use around the world; and by JWI, the world's largest pressure liquid/solid separation equipment manufacturer.

*If David Daughtery gets the Compact class pole Friday, it will be his seventh consecutive pole, tying him with Joe Varde for second place on the list of consecutive poles. Peter Farrell leads with ten, set in 1993-94.

*The 2.5 millionth competition mile in the SPEEDVISION Cup series was passed during the most recent race, held at Watkins Glen, N.Y. The 1 millionth competition mile was recorded by Ray Korman at the Tampa Fairgrounds race on Nov. 26, 1988. The 2 millionth mile was turned in at Laguna Seca by Ted Anderson on July 25, 1993.

*The Grand Sports class championship battle is the tightest of all Professional SportsCar Racing series -- the top eight drivers are separated by only 12 points after four races.

*Mark Hein, owner of the T-I Racing Honda Prelude Si's in the Touring class, has re-assumed preparation responsibilities for the two-car team; Blake Pridgen's B-P Racing handled preparation for the first four races. The T-I Racing Hondas have won 21 races since 1993, the 1993-95 Touring class championships for John Green, 1996's driving title with Terry Earwood, the 1996 SPEEDVISION Cup Technician of the Year award for crew chief Fred Huettig, and helped American Honda win the 1993-94-95 Touring class Manufacturer Championships. Greg Loebel and Gary Blackman currently lead the Touring class points for the team, Hein and John Green fell from the lead in the last race at Watkins Glen when Green rolled the car while leading with ten minutes to go.


*Twenty one Toyota-powered World Sports Racers are entered for Sunday's 40-minute Black Magic Pro Series race. Last years winner and series champion, Mike Davies has entered his #83 World Sports Racer. Davies holds the series qualifying record of 86.766 mph and the fastest race lap record of 86.161 mph from the inaugural race in 1996.

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Series PSR
Drivers Franz Konrad , Butch Leitzinger , James Weaver , Didier Theys , Scott Sharp , Max Papis , Johnny O'Connell , Andy Pilgrim , Wayne Taylor , David Murry , Bill Auberlen , John Heinricy , Pete Halsmer , Elliott Forbes-Robinson , Kelly Collins , Kevin Buckler , Will Nonnamaker , Mark Mitchell , Peter Cunningham , Chuck Hemmingson , Jim Matthews , Rob Morgan , Jason Priestley , Darin Brassfield , David Daughtery , Mike Davies , Joe Aquilante , Terry Earwood , Bob Henderson , Joe Varde , Stu Hayner , Mark Hein , Kris Wilson , Roger Schramm , Gary Black , Dennis Aase , Javier Quiros