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Phil McClure cleared to race

3R Racing'S Phil Mcclure medically cleared to race. TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 9, 2003) -- SCCA Pro Racing announced today that SCCA Speed World Challenge GT driver Phil McClure, of Floris, Iowa, has been medically cleared to race following a concussion...

3R Racing'S Phil Mcclure medically cleared to race.

TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 9, 2003) -- SCCA Pro Racing announced today that SCCA Speed World Challenge GT driver Phil McClure, of Floris, Iowa, has been medically cleared to race following a concussion he sustained as the result of a multi-car accident at Road America Aug. 3.

"I have cleared Phil and his doctor has also cleared him to drive," said SCCA Pro Racing's Dr. Ron Krome, of Detroit. "Phil's latest MRI was clear. There are no more injuries."

McClure, driver for the Colorado-based 3R Racing Team, underwent an MRI at a Denver clinic Friday, Oct. 3 to further evaluate his condition. McClure's personal physician Dr. Ian Levinson, of Centennial, Colo., reviewed the MRI and determined that McClure's injury had healed to the extent that he contacted SCCA's Dr. Krome, and subsequently, both physicians agreed to clear McClure to race.

"What they were looking for was to make sure that the concussion that I had was completely healed," McClure said. "I found out yesterday evening when my doctor called. He said everything looked as normal as it could be and that we were 'good to go' for this next race."

In addition to the good news he received about being medically cleared, McClure is also excited about the opportunity to race his brand new Coors Original/Aggregate Industries/3R Racing Chevrolet Corvette Z06 during Petit Le Mans event at Road Atlanta Oct. 15-17.

"We're kind of excited about this new car," McClure said about his new ride. "We think overall it is going to be a step up from where we were with the older 'Vette. It is a brand new machine and, at least on paper, this car measures out to be just perfect."

The crew at 3R Racing built the brand new Corvette Z06 from scratch in 21 days, in hopes that McClure could race it in the Fry's Electronics Sports Car Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, just four weeks after McClure's accident. However, those plans were put on hold as McClure was not medically cleared by Drs. Levinson and Krome, at that time.

Prior to McClure's injury, he was second in the SCCA Speed GT Drivers' Championship behind point leader Bill Auberlen, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., thanks to two wins and five top-5 finishes in seven races at that point. McClure won the first two Speed GT races of the season at Sebring International Raceway and Mosport International Raceway. He is currently third in the Speed GT Drivers' Championship with 163 points. He trails point leader Auberlen (208 points), by 45 points and second-place Randy Pobst (188 points), of Gainesville, Ga., by 25 points.

Now that McClure has been medically cleared to race, things appear to be looking up for him and the 3R Racing Team. Not only will McClure be piloting his new Corvette Z06 around the 2.54-mile course at Road Atlanta next week, but he will also be donning his new sponsor's Coors Original logo on the side of that machine.

SCCA Speed World Challenge takes to the track Oct. 15-17 for Le Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta Motorsports Complex. Speed GT qualifying is set for 1:55 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, Oct. 16, with the Speed GT race getting underway at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17.

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

-scca pro racing-

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Drivers Bill Auberlen , Randy Pobst , Phil McClure