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GT-1 Driver Development Program Racer Ross Murray Fourth in Second Trans-Am Outing. SONOMA, Calif. (June 27, 2004) -- Ross Murray finished fourth in his second Motorock Trans-Am Series start Sunday at Infineon Raceway. What was remarkable wasn't...

GT-1 Driver Development Program Racer Ross Murray Fourth in Second Trans-Am Outing.

SONOMA, Calif. (June 27, 2004) -- Ross Murray finished fourth in his second Motorock Trans-Am Series start Sunday at Infineon Raceway. What was remarkable wasn't that he finished so well, so quickly. Instead, the remarkable thing was that Murray's racing budget is probably less than a quarter of the three cars ahead of him.

Murray made his first Trans-Am start at Long Beach earlier this year, but was caught up in an early crash. Murray is part of the growing GT-1 Driver Development program in the Trans-Am Series. The program is designed to help further the career of the lesser-funded, mostly club-based GT-1 competitors. Murray proved Sunday that lack of experience and funding needn't be a roadblock to success in the Trans-Am Series.

"I love these type of cars," said Murray, driver of the No. 01 Greenberg Cheese Dodge Viper. "This is excellent.

"I had to come back after Long Beach," added Murray, who with the top-five finish takes the lead in the GT-1 Championship. "I had to make amends. Qualifying sixth was great. To back it up with fourth is just great.

Murray, as part of the program, was brought up to the podium and took part in post-race festivities. He was also brought the media center after the race and participated in the press conference.

"I feel deserving of having the accolades of this GT-1 champagne," said Murray, who is competing this year in the same Viper Tommy Archer drove in 2001. "My fellow GT-1 competitors should see this as an opportunity. It's great to have this kind of recognition from the Series."

Murray hopes to compete in at least one more Trans-Am race this season, possibly at Mazda Raceway Laguna-Seca.

The Motorock 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 39th year of competition in 2004.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Tommy Archer , Ross Murray