Series to headline Trois-Rivieres weekend

Motorock Trans-Am tour to headline 35th Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. LANSING, Mich. (Jan. 30, 2004) -- The Motorock Trans-Am Tour will return to the streets of Trois-Rivières, Quebec the weekend of July 31 to headline the 35th anniversary Le...

Motorock Trans-Am tour to headline 35th Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.

LANSING, Mich. (Jan. 30, 2004) -- The Motorock Trans-Am Tour will return to the streets of Trois-Rivières, Quebec the weekend of July 31 to headline the 35th anniversary Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. The race will mark the 21st time Trans-Am sports cars have competed at the 1.52-mile temporary circuit, making it the longest running temporary event in Trans-Am history.

The first Trois-Rivières Trans-Am race was held in 1976. The Tour returned in 1979 and continued to hold a race each season through 1985. Trans-Am visited Trois-Rivières again in 1990 and staged an event there every year from 1990 through 1999. The series returned last year after a two-year absence.

"Trois-Rivières has been a part of Trans-Am's history for nearly 30 years, and it has long been a favorite among fans and competitors, alike," said Motorock Trans-Am Tour Executive Director John Clagett. "The ambiance and energy of the city of Trois-Rivières is just incredible. French Canadians are among the most avid motorsports fans in the world, and they have welcomed us with open arms every year."

Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières was revived this year by former journalist Jacques Deshaies, after the promoter of last year's event decided not to continue running the race.

"The return of the Trans-Am Tour is very good news for the city of Trois-Rivières," said Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières President Jacques Deshaies. "When the former owner of the Grand Prix left, we spoke with the mayor of Trois-Rivières, who said there had to be a race this year. So I put together this organization, and we're looking forward to an exciting 2004 event.

"Trans-Am puts on a great show," added Deshaies "The people of Quebec love Trans-Am racing. Plus, we're looking forward to welcoming some Canadian drivers to compete here."

The Motorock Trans-Am Tour 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 Tour is America's oldest continuously running road racing series and celebrates its 39th anniversary in 2004.

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