SCCA WORLD CHALLENGE TO CONTEST EIGHT-RACE 1998 SCHEDULE; ADDITIONAL VENUES POSSIBLE ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (February 9, 1998)â€”The SCCA World Challenge, North America's premier production-based road racing series, will contest an ...
SCCA WORLD CHALLENGE TO CONTEST EIGHT-RACE 1998 SCHEDULE; ADDITIONAL VENUES POSSIBLE
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (February 9, 1998)—The SCCA World Challenge, North America's premier production-based road racing series, will contest an eight-race championship in 1998, kicking off the season at Heartland Park, Topeka, Kan., and finishing the year at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo.
"Our goal in 1998 was a schedule balancing a mix of street circuits, arena-viewing road course/oval venues and traditional, natural-terrain road courses," said Dan Greenwood, SCCA Pro Racing Chief Administrative Officer. "The World Challenge is the ultimate test for street-derived race cars—so we wanted our schedule to provide venues that offer the widest variety of challenges to equalize the different performance characteristics of the cars competing."
The season opener, May 15-17, will be in conjunction with the NASCAR Winston West series, and is followed by a Memorial Day weekend road racing extravaganza at Lime Rock Park, May 22-25, a weekend headlined by the NTB Trans-Am Series.
Round Three will be at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, June 12-14, and for Round Four the World Challenge contests its first street race of the season, competing at the Sprint PCS Grand Prix of Minnesota in Minneapolis, June 27-28.
From Minneapolis, the World Challenge heads to Grand Rapids, Mich., for the inaugural West Michigan Grand Prix, July 24-26, the only new venue on the 1998 schedule. For Round Six, the series travels north for its only Canadian race, the Player's Ltee. Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, August 1-2, in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Can.
The First Union Six Hour of The Glen weekend at Watkins Glen International, in Watkins Glen, N.Y., August 22-23, will be Round Seven, and the season will conclude September 25-27, at the Pikes Peak International Raceway oval/road course.
"We're still in negotiations for additional World Challenge race dates for 1998, and we'll be expanding our schedule if agreements with these venues are finalized," added Greenwood.
1998 SCCA WORLD CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIP Schedule*
Date Event/Venue May 15-17 Heartland Park, Topeka, Kan.1 May 22-25 Dodge Dealers Grand Prix, Lime Rock Park, Lime Rock, Conn.2 June 12-14 The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio2 June 27-28 Sprint PCS Grand Prix of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.2 July 24-26 West Michigan Grand Prix, Grand Rapids, Mich.2 Aug. 1-2 Le Player's Ltee. Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Can.2 Aug. 22-23 Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y.3 Sept. 25-27Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain, Colo.2
* - Additional race dates/venues may be added. 1 - NASCAR Winston West Headline Weekend. 2 - NTB Trans-Am Series Headline Weekend. 3 - USRRC Can-Am and GT Headline Weekend.
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