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No forced induction for Touring Cars in 2004

TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 10, 2003) -- SCCA Pro Racing announced today that all SCCA Speed Touring Cars will remain naturally aspirated in 2004. The decision comes after much debate over whether or not turbo charging and supercharging was...

TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 10, 2003) -- SCCA Pro Racing announced today that all SCCA Speed Touring Cars will remain naturally aspirated in 2004.

The decision comes after much debate over whether or not turbo charging and supercharging was a current viable option for the series. At this point, a change will not be made until 2005 at the earliest.

"Next year we are changing the series over to the Toyo RA-1 tires, which will be a pretty big change," said Aaron Coalwell, Technical Director for SCCA Pro Racing. "Additionally, the majority of current Touring Car teams have asked us to look into reducing the cost of preparing a car. We have decided to focus our energies on those two issues. We feel that trying to introduce forced induction, while introducing a new tire and trying to reduce costs, would overextend our technical resources."

Currently, Speed World Challenge Touring Cars race on Toyo Proxes T1-S street tires. In 2004, Speed Touring Cars will run on Toyo RA-1 race compound DOT approved tires.

According to Coalwell, it is believed that the introduction of cars with OEM forced induction systems would be a good addition to the Touring Car class, if it is done at the right time.

"If we decide to introduce forced induction into Touring Car at a later date, we may try to run a car or two for no points as a demonstration," Coalwell said. "Additionally, we would like more time to work with the manufacturers to introduce strong support systems for the cars that would compete with forced induction."

For more information on the SCCA Speed World Challenge, visit www.world-challenge.com.

-scca pro racing-

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