FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE NTB TRANS-AM SERIES RELEASES 11-RACE 1998 SCHEDULE; TWO ADDITIONAL VENUES MAY BE ANNOUNCED ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (February 9, 1998) -- The NTB Trans-Am Series, North America's longest-running road racing series, has...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE NTB TRANS-AM SERIES RELEASES 11-RACE 1998 SCHEDULE; TWO ADDITIONAL VENUES MAY BE ANNOUNCED
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (February 9, 1998) -- The NTB Trans-Am Series, North America's longest-running road racing series, has issued its initial 11-race 1998 schedule.
The current 11-race NTB Trans-Am Series schedule includes five street circuits, four traditional road courses and two road course/oval arena venues, and kicks off May 15-17 at the Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex. The Homestead date is the first of three venues where the NTB Trans-Am will headline a joint Trans-Am/USRRC Can-Am and GT weekend.
"It has always been our desire to produce the best schedule possible, and these first 11 venues achieve an excellent balance of venue partners and exposure," said Les Richter, NTB Trans-Am Council Chairman.
The NTB Trans-Am travels to New England for Round Two, competing at Lime Rock Park during the Memorial Day weekend Dodge Dealers Grand Prix, May 22-25. After one week off, back-to-back races are slated for Rounds Three and Four, with the ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix (CART FedEx Championship weekend) up first, June 5-7, followed by a stop at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, June 12-14, the second joint NTB Trans-Am Series/USRRC Can-Am and GT weekend.
The Sprint PCS Grand Prix of Minnesota street race in Minneapolis, June 27-28, is the fifth contest of the year and the third venue to feature both the NTB Trans-Am/USRRC Can-Am and GT Championship, and is followed by the Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland (CART FedEx Championship weekend). The Cleveland race, July 10-12 at the Burke Lakefront Airport circuit, is the last "breather" for the NTB Trans-Am competitors before they begin a tough mid-season stretch that kicks off July 24-26 with the inaugural West Michigan Grand Prix, the only new venue on the 1998 schedule.
After West Michigan the NTB Trans-Am makes its only 1998 Canadian stop with the Player's Ltee. Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, August 1-2, in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Can. Round Nine brings the NTB Trans-Am back to Watkins Glen International for the Bud at the Glen weekend, August 6-8 (NASCAR Winston Cup weekend), followed by the Texaco/Havoline 200 weekend at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis., August 14-16 (CART FedEx Championship weekend).
The NTB Trans-Am's current finale brings the series back "home" to Colorado for the Children's Grand Prix at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo., September 25-27.
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and the Texaco Houston Grand Prix may be added to the 1998 schedule following completion of sanction negotiations.
"With the backing of National Tire and Battery as title sponsor, the NTB Trans-Am Series has a great future ahead of it," added Richter. "The 1998 NTB Trans-Am Series schedule will offer an exciting, varied and challenging mix of venues that will delight our fans and our competitors."
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1998 NTB Trans-Am Series Schedule*
Date Event/Venue May 15-17 Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex, Homestead, Fla.1 May 22-25 Dodge Dealers Grand Prix, Lime Rock Park, Lime Rock, Conn.2 June 5-7 Motor City 100, ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix, Detroit, Mich.3 June 12-14 The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio1 June 27-28 Sprint PCS Grand Prix of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.1 July 10-12 Medic Drug Cleveland Grand Prix, Cleveland, Ohio3 July 24-26 West Michigan Grand Prix, Grand Rapids, Mich.2 Aug. 1-2 Le Player