2005 schedule update -- Montreal, Road America

TRANS-AM SERIES ADDS MONTREAL TO 2005 SCHEDULE; ANNOUNCES ROAD AMERICA DATE INDIANAPOLIS (March 4, 2004) -- The Trans-Am Series has added the Molson Indy Montreal weekend, Aug. 26-28, to its 2005 schedule. Additionally, the Series confirmed it...

TRANS-AM SERIES ADDS MONTREAL TO 2005 SCHEDULE; ANNOUNCES ROAD AMERICA DATE

INDIANAPOLIS (March 4, 2004) -- The Trans-Am Series has added the Molson Indy Montreal weekend, Aug. 26-28, to its 2005 schedule. Additionally, the Series confirmed it will race the weekend prior (Aug. 19-21) at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

The Montreal race, which brings the total number of confirmed venues for 2005 to nine, will mark the first time in the Series' 39-year history that it has raced at the fabled 2.709-mile Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The Series will fill its usual role as the Saturday co-feature to the featured Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford race on Sunday.

The Series has raced in French Canada going back to 1968 at Mont Tremblant. Most recently, the Series competed at Trois-Rivières, where Trans-Am races had taken place 20 times beginning in 1976. The Series also competed at Sanair in 1972 and 1973.

Martin Spalding, General Manager of the Montreal Molson Indy, believes that this arrival on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve will definitely please race fans: "The Trans-Am Series has had tremendous success over its 39-year history and it is with great pleasure that we include this outstanding series into the Montreal Molson Indy weekend program. This inaugural race on the Montreal circuit is, for sure, an addition to the track's historical record. There's no doubt such a competitive series alongside the Champ Car on-track action, will pleased the Montreal crowd and contribute to an exceptional event."

The Series will continue the longest running relationship between a circuit and a racing series during the ALMS weekend at Road America. The Trans-Am Series has competed at the 4.048-mile permanent road course 36 times beginning in 1970.

"The synergy between Road America and Trans-Am Series is remarkable," said George Bruggenthies, Road America president. "The Trans-Am Series and Road America have been together for more than 30 years, and the racing is always competitive. You can see it in the stands; they're always full during Trans-Am races. The sprint format makes for a race that's exciting from start to finish. The competitors and fans alike love Trans-Am racing at Road America."

"We are pleased to announce the Trans-Am Series' inaugural Montreal race," said Trans-Am Series Executive Director John Clagett. "French Canada has a long history with the Trans-Am Series, beginning just one year after our inaugural season. French Canada's fans, electric atmosphere and competition have always made for exciting and rewarding events. Plus, it will be a history-making weekend, with Trans-Am Series making its first appearance at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. The circuit and the city make for an excellent venue that boasts a long history of greatness, comprising Champ Car and Formula One Grand Prix events.

"We're also excited about continuing our relationship with Road America," added Clagett. "The Trans-Am Series and Road America have a long shared history. Road America is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, while Trans-Am commemorates its 40th consecutive season. Bringing together these two stalwarts of sports car racing will certainly make for a memorable occasion.

"We plan to announce the final addition to our schedule in the next few weeks, bringing us to 10 races for 2005," concluded Clagett.

The Trans-Am Series features closed-fendered, production-based, V-8-powered sports cars, competing on permanent road courses, and temporary street and airport circuits throughout North America. The Trans-Am Series is America's oldest continuously running road racing series and celebrates its 40th consecutive year of competition in 2005.

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