April 6, 2001 TIME RUNNING OUT TO WIN PORSCHE: Racing for the Rainbow, an Official Charity of the Speedvision World Challenge, will be drawing the winning ticket for the 2000 Porsche 911 Carrera April 10 at Stoddard Imports in Cleveland. Tickets...
April 6, 2001
TIME RUNNING OUT TO WIN PORSCHE: Racing for the Rainbow, an Official Charity of the Speedvision World Challenge, will be drawing the winning ticket for the 2000 Porsche 911 Carrera April 10 at Stoddard Imports in Cleveland. Tickets are still available for the drawing for $100 each. Proceeds from the event go to benefit the Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland. Only 2000 tickets will be sold. For tickets, visit www.racingfortherainbow.com or call (440) 933-7258.
BUZZETTI TO DONATE WINNINGS TO HABITAT: Nanometer Technologies/MB Racing has announced that they will donate all winnings from its No. 07 Speedvision World Challenge Touring Car to Habitat for Humanity, San Luis Obispo, Calif. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, volunteer based organization that helps to restore and build housing for select families. The selection is based on the applicants willingness to provide sweat equity and the ability to pay a non-profit, no interest loan. Habitat for Humanity works on tax-free donations and volunteer support. The new homeowner's mortgage is recycled into a revolving fund that is used to build more houses. For more information, contact: Jacqueline D. Marie at (805) 782-0687 or visit www.slonet.org/~hfhsloco (San Luis Obispo) or www.habitat.org (International).
NEW CARS ON THE WAY? With the nine-week break between Speedvision World Challenge Rounds Two and Three (Mosport, May 18-20), several teams are working on finishing new cars, with hopes to debut them at Mosport. Defending Speedvision GT Drivers' Champion Jeff McMillin looks to have his new E46-based BMW M3 completed and tested in time for Mosport. McMillin will utilize the same PTG-built 3.2-liter six cylinder motor that took him to the title in 2000 and two fifth-place finishes to start off the 2001 season. The car, however, will be an all-new chassis with new-generation M3 suspension and bodywork. McMillin won't be the only pilot in a new BMW soon, as both Turner Motorsports and duPont Motorsports are each working diligently on new E46-bodied BMW 323 Touring Cars. Turner surprised many with his switch to the 2.5-liter aluminum-block BMW powerplant this year in lieu of the more popular 2.8-liter package which has carried his team to three wins in the last two years. "I was running the E46 323i motor in my car at Texas and Sebring for development," said Turner, who finished second at Sebring in the No. 92 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs entry. "We'd love to have both cars ready for Mosport and Lime Rock, but we're not going to bring a car out that isn't 100 percent and faster than the current E36 cars." Turner confirmed the cars would be four door models, carrying the 323i badge. He would not confirm if the 2.5-liter motor would again be run in his old car at Mosport and Lime Rock. DuPont is also working on an E46-bodied car, which may be entered as a GT car with a Vortech supercharged M3 motor at select events, beginning with Lime Rock Park. "We will probably enter Neal [Sapp] in a couple of events to work on setting up the suspension," said team owner Alfred duPont. Taz Harvey has confirmed that his new red No. 8 Honda Civic Si with sponsorship from Echo Function, Red Line Oil, H&R Springs, Dublin and Tracy Honda and CzechBeer.com will be ready for the Mosport event. "I feel that the lighter-weight cars will be more competitive on these tires," said Harvey. "The Civic Si will be a unique car out there for the fans. I think Roger Foo and I will put on a pretty good show with them."
MOSPORT IS NO. 100: The SCCA Pro Racing Speedvision World Challenge is celebrating its 100th event anniversary at Mosport, May 18-20. In honor of the Centennial, the series is throwing a birthday party Friday evening for current and past teams as well as media. In the 99 events held going into Mosport since becoming the World Challenge in 1990, 245 separate class races have been held, crowning 86 different winners-the most recent new winner being Steve Pfeffer (Texas Touring Car, 2001). Taz Harvey is the all-time starts leader, with 82, followed by Peter Cunningham's 80. Cunningham's Sebring Speedvision GT win March 16 gave him 20 career triumphs-one more than current Trans-Am driver Lou Gigliotti.