Portland race date changes

Miami - The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup and the Panoz/Sanchez Group today announced that the series' race in Portland will be held on Saturday, August 4 to take advantage of a live two-hour television opportunity on the...

Miami - The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup and the Panoz/Sanchez Group today announced that the series' race in Portland will be held on Saturday, August 4 to take advantage of a live two-hour television opportunity on the Speedvision Network.

The Trans-Am Series race will be contested over 125 miles and will be one of three "pit stop" races run this season. The other "pit stop" races will be on May 20 at Mosport and September 9 at Laguna Seca.

As result of the change, the Trans-Am Race will be televised live by Speedvision at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern). The broadcast will be one of the four live appearances that the Trans-Am Series will make during the 2001 season.

"This schedule change is being made to accomodate live television," said executive director John Clagett. "The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup is certainly looking forward to returning to Portland. It's been five years since our last Portland visit, but race fans of the Pacific Northwest, who have enjoyed the Trans-Am Series in the past can look forward with great anticipation to our new look and this year's competitive championship. Live television only enhances the weekend."

The 2001 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tire Cup will begin its 36th illustrious season on March 16 at Sebring, Fla., as part of the Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring. Highlighting the Trans-Am Series this season is its first appearance on live major network television on July 21 from Sears Point.

<pre> 2001 Trans-Am Series Schedule: Television Broadcast March 16 Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring March 16; 8:00-9:30; Speedvision April 8 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach April 15; 12:00 - 1:30; Speedvision May 20 Mosport Park May 20; 1:00 - 2:30; Speedvision (Live) June 16 Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit June 17; 5:00 - 6:00; CBS June 30 Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland July 1; 3:30 - 4:30; CBS July 21 Sears Point July 21; 3:00 - 4:30; CBS (Live) Aug. 4 Portland August 4; 4:00 - 5:30; Speedvision (Live) Aug. 18 Motorola 220 Weekend at Road America August 25; 2:00 - 3:30; Speedvision Sept. 9 Laguna Seca Sept. 9; 5:00 - 6:30; Speedvision (Live) Oct. 6 Texaco Grand Prix of Houston TBA; Speedvision

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