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Washington DC: Inaugural event pre-race notes

INAUGURAL RACE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. For the first time ever, race cars will take to the pavement around RFK Stadium in our Nation's capital. The SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge offers the most bang for the buck on the weekend, with the...

INAUGURAL RACE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
For the first time ever, race cars will take to the pavement around RFK Stadium in our Nation's capital. The SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge offers the most bang for the buck on the weekend, with the World's top automobiles from over 10 manufacturers modified for racing use in two distinct classes-SPEED GT for the high-horsepower exotics, and SPEED Touring Car (the largest road racing series in North America, averaging over 40 cars per event) featuring the best sport compacts and small sedans. Both series will race individually in 50-minute events from standing-start to finish.

GALATI, KLEINUBING IN CONTROL
Defending series Champions Michael Galati (SPEED GT) and Pierre Kleinubing (SPEED Touring Car) each hold commanding point leads over Peter Cunningham coming into Washington. However, look for a little extra motivation from Cunningham this weekend, as he makes his record 100th start Saturday afternoon in the SPEED GT race.

SAPP RETURNS FOR HOMETOWN RACE
Two-time defending Touring Car Championship Runner-Up Neal Sapp (Ellicott City, Md.) returns to competition after missing the last two races due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle collision with a deer. Other hometown drivers include Michael Levitas (Reisterstown, Md.), Bob Miller (Ellicott City, Md.), Greg Merril (Bethesda, Md.), Gennady Soykher (Abingdon, Md.), Guy Pavageau (Columbia, Md.), Jon Winter (Clarksville, Md.) and Tom Stewart (Purcellville, Md.)

FRED MEYER'S SPECIAL GUESTS
RealTime Racing driver Fred Meyer may have some familiar faces from the political world in the paddock this weekend as his guests. Meyer was the Chairman of the Republican National Convention Victory 2000 Celebration, appointed by President George W. Bush.

RULES CHANGES MAY AFFECT RACING
Since the most recent Round at Road America, July 5-7, SCCA Pro Racing has made several rules adjustments to both SPEED GT and SPEED Touring Cars that may have an affect on the racing this weekend. After two-straight wins, the Audi S4 Competition has gained an additional 50 lb., as has the 2000-2002 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Losing 50 lb. in GT are both the Acura NSX SC and the BMW M3 E46. The Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 is now permitted any final drive ratio, and goes to larger wheels in both the front and rear. In SPEED Touring Car, for the second-straight race, the BMW 328 loses 50 lb.

Television: All SPEED World Challenge races are broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on SPEED Channel. Initial broadcasts for Touring Car and GT races are back-to-back, beginning Sunday, August 4 at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern). Both races will be re-aired several times in the next two weeks. For complete schedule, visit www.world-challenge.com

-scca pro racing-

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Series PWC
Drivers Pierre Kleinubing , Michael Galati , Bob Miller , Peter Cunningham , Greg Merril , Fred Meyer , Tom Stewart , Michael Levitas , Gennady Soykher
Teams RealTime Racing