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Mosport added to 2005 schedule

Mosport Addition Reshapes SPEED World Challenge Schedule TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 17, 2004) -- SCCA Pro Racing announced today a revision to the 2005 SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT and Touring Car Championship schedule, with Mosport International ...

Mosport Addition Reshapes SPEED World Challenge Schedule

TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 17, 2004) -- SCCA Pro Racing announced today a revision to the 2005 SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT and Touring Car Championship schedule, with Mosport International Raceway becoming the 10th race on the schedule.

Mosport was not initially listed on the 2005 docket due primarily to travel logistics. However, the event was moved one-week later to accommodate the same leading lineup as 2004, with SCCA SPEED GT and SPEED Touring Car joining the American Le Mans Series on the weekend.

"We received a tremendous amount of feedback after our initial schedule was released, with Mosport not a part of the program," SCCA Pro Racing Vice President and General Manager Mitch Wright said. "We received a lot of comments from Canadian fans, which have been so loyal to World Challenge in its 15-year history, stating how disappointed they were that the series was not returning in 2005. We have to thank both Mosport International Raceway and the ALMS for accommodating the date change so that we can return in 2005."

"We are very happy about the SPEED World Challenge returning to Mosport in 2005, which will again make the American Le Mans Series weekend our biggest of the year on our new Labor Day weekend date," Mosport International Raceway President and General Manager Myles Brandt said. "Our fans wanted both series back and made this known to us. We are pleased that the American Le Mans Series is able to accommodate this change and we look forward to another action-filled and entertaining weekend for Mosport fans."

"The American Le Mans Series decided to make this change to further strengthen our annual event at Mosport International Raceway," American Le Mans Series President and CEO Scott Atherton said. "With a small modification to the series schedule, the American Le Mans Series will provide Mosport fans another incredible weekend of the world's best sports car racing. We have enjoyed record crowds the last two years at Mosport years and this adjustment is a testament of the American Le Mans Series continued commitment of truly being 'for the fans.'"

The series' 15th visit to Mosport International Raceway will close the busiest part of the season, which has the SCCA SPEED GT and Touring Car Championships visiting the CENTRIX Financial Grand Prix of Denver Aug. 12-14, followed one week later by the Road America 500 Aug. 19-21.

"Three-in-a-row would have put a big strain on many of our teams, as they do not have multiple cars to rotate into their season like some other series that race 30 times per year," Wright added.

Regarded as the most relevant and top production car road racing series in the world, the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Championships are broken into two distinct sub-series that run separately from one another--SCCA SPEED GT and SCCA SPEED Touring Car. Each Championship is run in a 50-minute "sprint" race format, featuring recognizable cars, world-class drivers and standing starts. For more information about the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Championships, please visit www.world-challenge.com.

-scca pro racing-

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