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SCCA Pro Racing North American championships launch Pacific Tour at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. TOPEKA, Kan. (April 4, 2003) -- This weekend's Fourth Annual Spring Racing Invitation to Benefit the Phoenix Children's Hospital at...

SCCA Pro Racing North American championships launch Pacific Tour at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend.

TOPEKA, Kan. (April 4, 2003) -- This weekend's Fourth Annual Spring Racing Invitation to Benefit the Phoenix Children's Hospital at Phoenix International Raceway is not only a great way for race fans to assist a local hospital, but also an opportunity to be a part of the debut of the new SCCA Pro Racing North American Championships.

Featuring doubleheader races for the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship, Pro Spec Racer, the Sport Racing Pro Series and the Mazdaspeed Miata Cup Presented by Hankook Tires, this event marks the first time that these series have raced together on the same weekend.

Having already made its East Coast debut last month at Sebring International Raceway, the West Coast Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship will roll off on the series' first split championship since the early 1990s, when it was sanctioned by both SCCA Pro Racing and USAC.

The Phoenix weekend marks the premier for the Mazdaspeed Miata Cup Presented by Hankook Tires. After running a select number of SCCA-sanctioned spec Miata events last season, SCCA Pro Racing has created a full championship in 2003, with support from Mazdaspeed and Hankook Tires.

For the venerable Pro Spec Racer series, this marks the fourth trip to Phoenix for the season-opener. In last season's Phoenix doubleheader, Johnny R. Meriggi, of Dallas, Texas, and Lee Fleming, of Lake Forest, Calif., each claimed a victory. Both drivers are back this weekend looking for another shot at victory and the chance to take the lead in the Pro Spec Racer Pacific Tour points chase.

A recent addition to the SCCA North American Championships, the Sports Racing Pro Series pits teams from the American City Racing League (ACRL), the new SCCA Sports Car from SCCA Enterprises, the new Mazda Sports Racer and cars eligible in the SCCA Club Racing D Sports Racing and C Sports Racing classes against each for one overall win.

The SCCA North American Championships were designed with a Pacific and Atlantic Tour format in an attempt to allow competitors to participate in an entry-level professional racing series. The split format eliminates cross-country trips, reducing the costs for participants.

For more information on the SCCA North American Championships, including coverage from this weekend's event, please visit www.sccapro.com.

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