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SCCA Speed World Challenge roars back into action this weekend TOPEKA, Kan. (May 13, 2003) -- After taking a two-month break, the SCCA Speed World Challenge Championships return to action this weekend at Mosport International Raceway, in ...

SCCA Speed World Challenge roars back into action this weekend

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 13, 2003) -- After taking a two-month break, the SCCA Speed World Challenge Championships return to action this weekend at Mosport International Raceway, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, kicking off the spring and summer stretch of the schedule that has the teams traveling the very next weekend to Lime Rock Park, in Lakeville, Conn., for Memorial Day weekend.

The SCCA Speed World Challenge Championships are North America's top production-based road racing series. Split into two, separate classes and 50-minute races (GT and Touring Car), the series is geared toward creating an exciting product for racing fans, both at the track and watching television, that is also easy to relate with and understand.

In SCCA Speed GT, the season is shaping up to be a battle of the titans, with Champion Racing's Audi RS6 duo of Randy Pobst and defending Speed GT and five-time World Challenge Champion Michael Galati ready to battle the BMW Team PTG superteam of 2002 Trans-Am Series Champion Boris Said, ALMS veteran Bill Auberlen, racing legend Hans Stuck and the team's most recent addition, impressive young driver Justin Marks.

While on paper the Championship looks to be a battle of factory supported teams, it was Phil McClure, driving a Corvette Z06 from the strong independent 3R Racing team, that took the season-opening win at Sebring International Raceway in March with his teammate Mike Fitzgerald, one of only a handful of Americans ever to win the Porsche Cup, right behind him in second position.

Also, look for 2002 race winners David Farmer, winner at Mosport last year, and John Young, who captured a race win at VIRginia International Raceway as well as the 2003 Rookie of the Year title, to be strong in 2003.

The story in SCCA Speed Touring Car this year looks to be much the same as in 2002. Three-time and defending SCCA Speed Touring Car Champion Peter Cunningham is once again the target that everyone is shooting for. The big change this season is that Cunningham has formed a partnership with Nissan to campaign a new Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V with TeamRTR.

Cunningham will once again face stiff competition from three-time SCCA Speed Touring Car Champion Pierre Kleinubing, who drives an Acura RSX for Cunningham's other team, RealTime Racing. A sure bet to be at the top of the championship, Kleinubing's worst championship finish in the last six years is runner-up on the three occasions he wasn't taking home the big cup.

Even with Cunningham and Kleinubing ready to battle for the title, the SCCA Speed Touring Car Championship battle is as wide opening as this series has ever seen. Likely title contenders include Sebring race winner Bill Auberlen, driving for perennial front-runners Turner Motorsport; 2002 race winners Ken Dobson, Chuck Hemmingson, Paul Bonaccorsi and Will Turner and the potent Tri-Point Motorsports duo of Shauna Marinus and Jeff Altenburg.

With fields often topping 45 cars last season, the outcome of a SCCA Speed Touring Car event is never guaranteed and you never exactly what might happen during the weekend. As an example, eight different drivers captured victory last season in only 11 races and 70 different drivers scored points during the season.

The SCCA Speed World Challenge travels to Mosport for the 12th time as part of the traditional Victoria Day Holiday Weekend. For all the weekend information, including live timing, please visit www.world-challenge.com

-scca pro racing-

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Series PWC
Drivers Boris Said , Bill Auberlen , Randy Pobst , John Young , Pierre Kleinubing , Michael Galati , Ken Dobson , David Farmer , Phil McClure , Peter Cunningham , Will Turner , Chuck Hemmingson , Jeff Altenburg
Teams RealTime Racing