West Michigan Grand Prix to Debut in 1998--SCCA Trans-Am Championship to Headline

29 July 1997

July 26, 1997
                

WEST MICHIGAN GRAND PRIX TO DEBUT IN 1998; SCCA Trans-Am Championship
to Headline Event

        GRAND RAPIDS, Mich._SCCA Pro Racing, Ltd. will sanction the
West Michigan Grand Prix, and the inaugural event, scheduled for the
weekend of July 24-26, 1998, will feature the SCCA Trans-Am
Championship and a full array of SCCA Pro Racing support series.

        Dan Greenwood, SCCA Pro Racing, Ltd., President and CEO and
Dan Beahan, West Michigan Grand Prix Event Director made the
announcement Thursday, July 24 at a "trackside" press conference.

        Three Trans-Am race cars_Tom Kendall's All Sport Body Quencher
Ford Mustang Cobra, the Don Sak Racing Oldsmobile Cutlass and the
Bamal Fastner Chevrolet Camaro of Ray Genick raced down Fulton Street
as part of the opening ceremonies that featured Grand Rapids Mayor
John H. Logie waving a ceremonial green flag when the race cars
reached the "finish line."

        "I lobbied for the SCCA Trans-Am for the better part of a year
and a half," said Beahan. "There were a number of factors that went
into our decision. It's the best road racing in the country today and
it features American-bred cars and drivers, which is so appropriate
for this market.  The Trans-Ams' great heritage factored into our
decision, too."

        The Brayton Memorial Street Circuit_named for the late Scott
Brayton, past driver for the Amway Indy Car team_is situated in the
heart of downtown Grand Rapids. World-renowned race track designer
Alan Wilson was involved in the design process of the 1.5-mile,
13-turn circuit.

        "Its an exceptional venue and a great course," said
Wilson. "With the river, bridges and city buildings, it will be a
venue that will offer the drivers a great challenge, excellent
spectator viewing and look great on television as well."

        "Were delighted and honored to be involved in the West
Michigan Grand Prix," said Greenwood. "This is a win-win situation for
everybody involved_Grand Rapids is a perfect market for a Grand
Prix. There's already a great depth of community support in place, and
the West Michigan Grand Prix Association is made up of outstanding
local leadership_precisely the elements necessary to sustain this type
of event."

        "SCCA Pro Racing has been selected as the sanctioning body of
choice for three of the last four new street races_Reno, Minneapolis
and now Grand Rapids," said Greenwood. "Promoters know that we offer
the best racing and event management package available."

        "Proceeds from the West Michigan Grand Prix will be used for
downtown revitalization," added Dan DeVos, Chairman of the West
Michigan Grand Prix Association. The DeVos-led WMGPA is a non-profit
corporation composed of civic leaders.

        The West Michigan Grand Prix is located at 15 Ionia SW, Suite
500, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503. The phone number is (616)-336-PRIX
(7749).


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