RACE: Pro Miata Challenge debuts at Mid America

Pro Miata Challenge to debut at Mid America this weekend; possible preview of entry-level Pro Tour for 2003. CENTENNIAL, Colo. (July 11, 2002)- SCCA Pro Racing(r) will launch a new class this weekend at the Mid America Motorplex--the Pro Miata...

Pro Miata Challenge to debut at Mid America this weekend; possible preview of entry-level Pro Tour for 2003.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (July 11, 2002)- SCCA Pro Racing(r) will launch a new class this weekend at the Mid America Motorplex--the Pro Miata Challenge, with the potential of a full series in 2003.

Based on the popular SCCA Club Racing(r) Spec Miata class, the Pro Miata Challenge features the popular first generation (1990-1997) Mazda Miata car with safety equipment and minor modifications to suspension and exhaust. Over 400 Miatas have been built over the last several cars, proving the cars popularity and value.

"The Miata is a throwback to the automobiles that coined the term 'sports car,'" said Mitch Wright, SCCA Pro Racing Vice President and General Manager. "They create a great venue for drivers from the novice to professional level, and put on a fantastic show for race fans.

"This weekend came together quickly--in the last three weeks--but we'll have a good field for this inaugural event in Iowa. There is a distinct possibility that we may have a full series for 2003 as part of an east and west tour involving several entry-level professional racing series.

This weekend's event, held at the new 2.23-mile Mid America Motorplex in Pacific Junction, Iowa, will run in conjunction with the Mid-Am Stock Cars and a doubleheader for the SCCA Pro Racing Pro Spec Racer Series.

Entered for the inaugural event, which has support from both Kumho Tires and Toyo Tires, are some of the top Miata racers in the Midwest, including Pro Spec Miata series leader Jim Daniels, of Germantown, Tenn., in the No. 08 RCP Motorsports.com entry. Daniels will not have an easy run, with several local specialists entered as well as several drivers from the Rocky Mountain area.

Local driver and Mid-Am Spec Miata point leader Dick Faxon, of Springfield, Mo., was the first to enter, and is joined by fellow Midwesterners Bill Kucera (Johnston, Iowa), Tom Kraft (Des Moines, Iowa), Raymound Yergler (Ankey, Iowa) and William Pemberton (Blair, Neb).

A strong contingent of cars is making the trip from Colorado, including Rocky Mountain Division SCCA Club Racing point leader Bob Boileau (No. 18 1-800-FIGHT-MS entry) and three cars from TR Rotorsports, including team owner and top Mazda Club Racing driver Tony Rivera, Pro Spec Racer standout Steve Ott and Eric Prill, who moves aside from his job as SCCA Director of Communications for a weekend to race.

"The Pro Miata Challenge offers an opportunity for drivers who normally run on amateur weekends regionally to compete in a true spectator event for a cash purse," added Wright.

For more information on the inaugural Pro Miata Challenge weekend, including entry lists and all event-related material, please visit www.sccapro.com/miata. For more information on Mid America Motorplex, visit www.midamericamotorplex.com.

-scca pro racing-

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Series SCCA
Drivers Tony Rivera , Jim Daniels , Steve Ott