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SCCA Pro Racing August 12, 1999 WEST MICHIGAN GRAND PRIX UP NEXT: The second running of the West Michigan Grand Prix, featuring the Johnson Controls 100 Trans-Am Series race, August 27-29, in Grand Rapids, Mich., is on tap next for the ...

SCCA Pro Racing August 12, 1999

WEST MICHIGAN GRAND PRIX UP NEXT: The second running of the West Michigan Grand Prix, featuring the Johnson Controls 100 Trans-Am Series race, August 27-29, in Grand Rapids, Mich., is on tap next for the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series, the Speedvision World Challenge and the Pro Spec Racer series. Last year's event was one of the most successful inaugural races ever, with an enthusiastic crowd topping 150,000 over the three-day event.

JOHNSON CONTROLS TRIPLE CHALLENGE BONUS ON THE LINE AT GRAND RAPIDS: In addition to West Michigan Grand Prix bragging rights, the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series drivers will also be vying for the Johnson Controls Triple Challenge bonus, a $5,000 prize awarded to the driver who scores the most Drivers' Championship points at the three Johnson Controls 100 races (Long Beach, Detroit and Grand Rapids). A $50,000 prize would have gone to a driver who won all three races, but Brian Simo's victory at Detroit ended Long Beach winner Paul Gentilozzi's hopes of scoring the top prize.

Johnson Controls Triple Challenge Top-10 Point Standings (after two of three races): pos., driver, car, points 1, Paul Gentilozzi, Ford Mustang Cobra, 60 2, Michael Lewis, Ford Mustang Cobra, 48 3, Randy Ruhlman, Ford Mustang Cobra, 43 4, Johnny Miller IV, Chevrolet Camaro, 40 5, Brian Simo, Ford Mustang Cobra, 39 6, Steve Pelke, Chevrolet Camaro, 34 7, Max Lagod, Chevrolet Camaro, 33 8, Tomy Drissi, Ford Mustang Cobra, 32 9, G.J. Mennen, Ford Mustang Cobra, 31 10, Chris Neville, Ford Mustang Cobra, 28 10, Leighton Reese, Pontiac Grand Prix, 28

HOT TRANS-AM POINTS BATTLE: After eight races, Chris Neville retains the Drivers Championship point standings lead he captured following Trois-Rivieres. Neville is the fourth driver to hold the top spot this season (after Paul Gentilozzi, Brian Simo and Michael Lewis), tying the all-time series record for point leaders in a single season. Six previous seasons have also had four point leaders (1978 Category II, '82, '84, '86, '92 and '96). The last two seasons have had "flag-to-flag" point leaders (Tom Kendall in 1997 and Gentilozzi in 1998).

BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series Drivers' Championship Point Standings (Top-10): pos., driver, car, points 1, Chris Neville, Ford Mustang Cobra, 185 2, Paul Gentilozzi, Ford Mustang Cobra, 179 3, Michael Lewis, Ford Mustang Cobra, 179 4, Brian Simo, Ford Mustang Cobra, 174 5, Johnny W. Miller IV, Chevrolet Camaro, 168 6, Randy Ruhlman, Ford Mustang Cobra, 146 7, Leighton Reese, Pontiac Grand Prix, 118 8, Steve Pelke, Chevrolet Camaro, 116 9, Tomy Drissi, Ford Mustang Cobra, 108 10, Simon Gregg, Chevrolet Camaro, 106

BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series Rookie of the Year Point Standings (Top-5): pos., driver, car, points 1, Steve Pelke, Chevrolet Camaro, 101 2, G.J. Mennen, Ford Mustang Cobra, 95 3, Tomy Drissi, Ford Mustang Cobra, 90 4, Tom Coleman, Chevrolet Camaro, 70 5, Kerry Alexander, Chevrolet Camaro, 36

FORD LOOKS TO CLINCH TRANS-AM MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP AT GRAND RAPIDS: With a 72 to 31 lead in the Manufacturers' Championship point standings, Ford could clinch its eighth title with a fourth-place or better finish at Grand Rapids.

BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series Manufacturers' Point Standings: pos., manufacturer, points 1, Ford, 72 2, Chevrolet, 31 3, Pontiac, 5

SPEEDVISION WORLD CHALLENGE DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLES IN TIGHT CONTENTION: The Speedvision World Challenge Drivers' Championship battles in both the GT and Touring Championships again look like they won't be decided until the finale, with Bobby Archer leading the GT standings, 153 to 135 over Peter Kitchak, and Michael Galati topping the Touring standings, 158 to 145 over Pierre Kleinubing.

SPEEDVISION WORLD CHALLENGE GT DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS (Top-10): pos., driver, car, points 1, Bobby Archer, Dodge Viper, 153 2, Peter Kitchak, Porsche 911 RSR, 135 3, George Biskup, Porsche 911 RSR, 130 4, Bill Cooper, Chevrolet Corvette C-4, 128 5, David Schardt, Toyota Supra T, 119 6, Pete Halsmer, Acura NSX, 107 7, Paul Brown, Saleen Mustang, 87 8, Gary Smith, Mustang Cobra, 77 9, John Kohler, Ford Mustang R, 71 10, Reese Cox, Chevrolet Corvette C5, 70

SPEEDVISION WORLD CHALLENGE GT MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS: pos., manufacturer, points 1, Porsche, 39 2, Dodge, 37 3, Chevrolet, 27 4, BMW, 18 5, Acura, 13 6, Toyota, 9 7, Saleen, 5 8, Ford, 2

SPEEDVISION WORLD CHALLENGE TOURING DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS (Top-10): pos., driver, car, points 1, Michael Galati, Acura Integra R, 158 2, Pierre Kleinubing, Acura Integra R, 145 3, Hugh Plumb, Acura Integra R, 137 4, Alfred DuPont, BMW 328is, 96 5, Brian Wade, BMW 328is, 88 6, Jason Potter, Honda Accord, 80 7, Kevin Schrantz, Acura Integra R, 73 8, Charlie Downes, BMW 328is, 72 9, Kristian Skavnes, Acura Integra R, 71 10, Will Turner, BMW 328is, 67

SPEEDVISION WORLD CHALLENGE TOURING MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS: pos., manufacturer, points 1, Acura, 45 2, BMW, 15 3, Mazda, Honda, 3

WILLES LEADS PRO SPEC RACER STANDINGS: On the strength of back-to-back wins at the Road Atlanta Southern Dash weekend, July 23-25, Jack Willes, of Cornelius, N.C., tops the Pro Spec Racer Drivers' Championship standings, 79 to 74 over Jim Goughary Jr. Willes scored his first two series wins at Road Atlanta, and is ready to continue his winning ways at the West Michigan Grand Prix. "It's a pretty good feeling to top the standings," said Willes. "I've always felt I could run with the top guys, it was just a matter of getting the car, the crew and the engine power together. I'm looking forward to racing in Grand Rapids -- the street circuits fit my driving style of always racing all-out, but driving on the road courses or street circuits is really all the same, you've got to keep your tires on the black stuff to be competitive anyway."

Pro Spec Racer Point Standings (Top-10): pos., driver, points 1, Jack Willes, 79 2, Jim Goughary Jr., 74 3, Warren Stilwell, 62 4, Neil Tilbor, 59 5, Keith Scharf, 40 6, John Strickler, 30 7, Johnny Meriggi, 28 7, Carl Harris, 28 9, Chris Funk, 27 10, Steve Rehkemper, 23

TRANS-AM SERIES 2000 RULES DRAFT DISTRIBUTED: The 2000 Trans-Am Series rules are available in advance draft form and are being sent to all current Trans-Am teams that weren't present to receive them at the Detroit weekend. Comments regarding the rules should be addressed to Kevin Bayless, Trans-Am Series Competition Director. Contact Kevin at (317) 858-3910, or via e-mail at sccatatek@aol.com.

PRO RACING ON THE INTERNET: Did you know that schedules, entry lists, previews, results and point standings for the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series, the Speedvision World Challenge and the Pro Spec Racer series are available on the Internet? Schedules and entry lists are updated as they become available, and results are updated immediately after each on-track session. For Trans-Am information, go to: http://www.trans-amseries.com (event information can be found by following the event links from the "Schedule" button). For the World Challenge, go to http://www.sccapro.com/wc/index.html, and for the Pro Spec Racer series, go to http://www.sccapro.com/srfps/index.html. All three series can also be accessed from links on the Pro Racing home page at http://www.sccapro.com. Be sure to check out the Pro Racing Bulletin Board (follow the link from http://www.sccapro.com), with chat areas for specific Pro Racing series, a driver/job exchange and a private competitors' area.

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Series SCCA , Trans-Am
Drivers Brian Simo , Pete Halsmer , Tomy Drissi , Paul Gentilozzi , Leighton Reese , Kristian Skavnes , Kerry Alexander , Johnny Miller , Randy Ruhlman , Steve Pelke , Kevin Schrantz , Pierre Kleinubing , Michael Galati , Tom Kendall , Max Lagod , Michael Lewis , Simon Gregg , Will Turner , Jack Willes , G.J. Mennen , Johnny Meriggi , Bobby Archer , Jim Goughary , Hugh Plumb , John Kohler , Gary Smith , Carl Harr , Peter Kitchak , Jason Potter , John Strickler , Paul Brown , George Biskup