Jaguar expands series involvement

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jaguar North America has expanded its sponsorship with the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup for the 2003 season. For the third-straight year, Jaguar will continue as a contingency sponsor, as well as presenting...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jaguar North America has expanded its sponsorship with the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup for the 2003 season. For the third-straight year, Jaguar will continue as a contingency sponsor, as well as presenting the "Pole Award" program. In addition, Jaguar will recognize the driver contributing the most points for Jaguar in the coveted Manufacturers' Championship with the new "R Performance Award." Jaguar will also provide an all-wheel-drive 3.0 X-Type as the "Official Safety Car" for the Trans-Am Series.

Through its Contingency Award, Jaguar drivers will earn a $5,000 bonus for a victory, a $3,000 award for a second-place finish and $2,000 for a third-place finish.

The Jaguar Pole Award is a performance-based initiative that rewards drivers who win the pole at each of the Trans-Am Series' 11 events this season. Polesitters will receive a key--regardless of what type of car they race--which, at the culmination of the season, they will use to attempt to open the door to a 2004 Jaguar XK8, during a formal ceremony. The driver whose key opens the vehicle will win a one-year lease on the car.

A new element to this year's program, the Jaguar R Award, will reward the Jaguar driver who contributes the most points for Jaguar in the Manufacturers' Championship. That driver will earn a one-year lease on an XK8. Should the same driver win both awards, Jaguar will present the winner with a two-year lease on an XKR, Jaguar's marquee grand touring car.

"Jaguar has a rich racing heritage, and sports car racing in North America features prominently in that history--including past race wins and championships in the Trans-Am Series," said George Ayres, vice-president of marketing, Jaguar North America. "Our support of the 2003 series, including the Jaguar Contingency Award, the Jaguar Pole Award and the Jaguar R-Performance Award, are intended to thank the drivers and teams who are continuing the tradition of Jaguar competition success."

The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup features closed-fendered, production-based, V-8-powered sports cars. The Trans-Am Series is America's oldest continuously running sports car racing series and celebrates its 38th anniversary in 2003.

-scca pro racing/trans am-

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