Sears Point INEX National championships preview

INEX Legends Cars National Road Course Championships Fact Sheet WHAT: Sears Point Raceway will host more than 100 drivers from around the country for the 5th annual INEX Legends Cars Grand National Road Course Series Nationals, Nov....

INEX Legends Cars National Road Course Championships Fact Sheet

WHAT: Sears Point Raceway will host more than 100 drivers from around the country for the 5th annual INEX Legends Cars Grand National Road Course Series Nationals, Nov. 9-10.

WHERE: Sears Point Raceway, Highways 37 & 121, Sonoma.

WHEN: Gates open at 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Practices 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and heat races noon-3 pm on Friday, Nov. 9. National championship races Saturday, Nov. 10, 11 am.

MAIN CATEGORIES: Legends: Pro, Masters and Semi-Pro.

COURSE: 8-turn, 1.83-mile road course.

WHAT TO EXPECT: More than 100 drivers from all over the country - and world - will visit Sears Point for the series season finale to determine three division champions. Drivers will compete in three categories: Pro (drivers with some racing experience), Semi-Pro (drivers with no racing experience) and Masters (drivers 40 years of age and older). These five-eighths scale cars, modeled after the great modifieds driven by the sport's earliest stars during the formative years of NACSAR, feature 1250cc Yamaha motorcycle engines, which will reach speeds up to 130 mph on the Sears Point road course. The weekend will also feature racing action in the Thunder Roadster class. These 96-inch wheelbase cars maneuver easily through corners and offer an open cockpit for great spectator and driver visibility.

SEARS POINT 2000 CHAMPIONS: Pro Division - Jimmy Adams (Suffolk, VA), Semi-Pro Division -Dustin Bly (Yukon, OK), Masters Division - Mike Dillard (Midwest City, OK).

LOCAL DRIVERS: Several drivers from Northern California will be featured in this weekend's racing action when they visit their home track for the season finale. Among those who call Sears Point home are Ken Schaefer of Modesto, Skip Brown of Suisun, Richard Ferreria and Bob Johnson of Hollister, Stuart Forbes-Robinson of Discovery Bay, and Steve Wilson of Livermore. Napa's Joey Zampa returns to the road-course championships and hopes for better luck this year at Sears Point Raceway. Zampa, 22, was the 2001 California Legends Car Champion, but suffered engine problems in last year's main event and finished well off the pace.

-SPR-

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