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Road America: Herr to pilot GT Corvette

Herr To Drive Tiger Racing Corvette at Road America ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 19, 2004) -- SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT rookie Chip Herr, of Lititz, Pa., will pilot the No. 99 Tiger Racing Corvette ZO6 in Round Eight of the SPEED GT...

Herr To Drive Tiger Racing Corvette at Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 19, 2004) -- SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT rookie Chip Herr, of Lititz, Pa., will pilot the No. 99 Tiger Racing Corvette ZO6 in Round Eight of the SPEED GT Championship Aug. 20-22 at Road America, as part of the Road America 500.

The rookie will again get the opportunity to show his stuff in the SPEED GT ranks when he takes to the track in black and orange tiger striped Corvette in the absence of owner/driver Tom Oates, of Chester Springs, Pa., who could not race this weekend due to a schedule conflict.

"After watching Chip compete in the Miata Cup and in SPEED World Challenge Touring Car, I was confident he could hold his own in SPEED GT," Oates said of his decision to have Herr drive his car. "Plus, he had experience driving his fathers Corvette in Club Racing. I have high hopes for Chip finishing well at Road America. He has a great supporting cast with his Dad [Chuck Herr] on the headset and my crew guys Chris [Trapp] and Tim [Coll] doing the setup. Chip is like 90 lbs. lighter and 24 years younger than me, he better be fast.

"If Chip doesn't qualify in the top 10, he should change his hair style. You can't have spikey colored hair and not be a fast race car driver," Oates added jokingly.

"It is an honor for me to drive in place of Tom." Herr said. "This is a great opportunity for me to get some more exposure in SPEED GT, while driving a really fast car."

Herr, who is also a SPEED Touring Car series regular and contender for SPEED Touring Car Rookie of the Year honors, had a solid run in the Tiger Racing Corvette at Mosport International Raceway two weeks ago, when he finished 12th. Prior to the race, the only significant time Herr had spent in the car was during the 20-minute qualifying session earlier that morning.

"I enjoyed driving the car at Mosport and I am looking forward to running with the Tiger Racing team at Road America," Herr added.

SPEED GT qualifying is set for 10:05 a.m. (CDT) Saturday, Aug. 21. The SPEED GT Round Eight race will make its standing start at 4:10 p.m. (CDT) later that afternoon. Saturday's race will air at 12:00 p.m. (CDT), Sunday Aug. 29 on SPEED Channel.

For Live Timing Presented by Cadillac, visit www.world-challenge.com.

For more information about Tiger Racing visit www.99chevy.com.

-scca pro racing-

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Drivers Chip Herr , Tom Oates
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