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CHARITY CHALLENGE; STODDARD IMPORT CARS AND CHAMPION MOTORS TO RACE EACH OTHER FOR CHARITY: Porsche/Audi dealerships Stoddard Imported Cars and Champion Motors will wage a secondary battle within Sunday's Speedvision World Challenge GT race at Las...

CHARITY CHALLENGE; STODDARD IMPORT CARS AND CHAMPION MOTORS TO RACE EACH OTHER FOR CHARITY: Porsche/Audi dealerships Stoddard Imported Cars and Champion Motors will wage a secondary battle within Sunday's Speedvision World Challenge GT race at Las Vegas, with the winner being the Racing for the Rainbow charity. Cleveland-based Stoddard, a sponsor of the No. 22 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Scott Bove, and Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Champion, sponsor on the No. 8 and No. 9 Audi S4 Competitions of Derek Bell and Michael Galati, have agreed to make a ticket purchase for the Racing for the Rainbow raffle based on which team finishes in front. The "winning" team will purchase $1,000 worth (10 tickets) for the raffle, while the "losing" team will purchase $3,000 worth, or 30 tickets. "We're both Porsche/Audi dealerships, so this is sort of a family feud -- Porsche versus Audi," said Mike Peters, Director of Race Operations for Champion Racing. "It's a creative idea put together by the charity, and it's certainly for a good cause. We're looking forward to going head-to-head with the Stoddard Porsche." The Racing for the Rainbow charity will raffle off a brand-new Porsche 996 at the 2001 season-opener at Texas Motor Speedway. Proceeds from the event benefit the Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, The NFL Alumni Cleveland Chapter and the Mariana Sports Challenge -- all dedicated to improving the quality of life for children. For more information on the Racing for the Rainbow raffle, an official Speedvision World Challenge Charity, please visit www.racingfortherainbow.com.

OTT BROTHERS TO MAKE PROFESSIONAL DEBUT ON SAME WEEKEND WITH DIFFERENT SERIES: Brothers Jason and Steve Ott, of Brighton, Colo., will each make their professional racing debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- Jason in the No. 5 Blue Ox/Herbert Motors/M.J. Dixon Pontiac Firebird Speedvision GT car, and Steve in the No. 48 Blue Ox/LaRue Motorsports Pro Spec Racer. Jason, 22, who began racing in 1998, is the 1998 Rocky Mountain Division Spec-7 Champion and the 2000 Rocky Mountain Formula Ford Divisional Champion. The University of Colorado Marketing major has also instructed in numerous SCCA and Ferrari Club school events. Steve, 19, began racing in 1999, winning the Jim Christian Racing Rookie Sponsorship program in SCCA Club Racing Spec Racer Ford. After finishing seventh in the 1999 Valvoline Runoffs®, Ott took both the Rocky Mountain Divisional and Regional Championships in Spec Racer Ford in preparation to his foray into the Pro Spec Racer series.

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Series SCCA , PWC
Drivers Michael Galati , Derek Bell , Steve Ott