PSR Heads to Road Atlanta

20 June 1998


Braselton, GA- The Professional Sports Car Racing (PSR) series picks
up the season at the newly re-configured Road Atlanta. The North
Georgia facility will be hosting three races this weekend for the WSC
(World Sports Car) as well as GT1, GT2 and GT3. On Saturday the Stock
Sports Cars will grid at 2:00pm for a two hour and forty-five minute
race. The week-end of racing will be completed with the 30 minute
Sports Toyota Championship. The WSC, GT1, GT2 and GT3 classes will
begin there 3 hour and forty-five minute battle at 1:07pm on Sunday.

Coming off a previous week-end of racing at Mid-Ohio under the USRRC
sanctioning most of the teams will be making the 10 hour trip from
Lexington, Ohio to Georgia.  Last week-end's race was very
competitive. A dramatic battle developed between the WSC's of Dyson
Racing and the Panoz GT1 as well as the Champion Porsche
GT1. Eventually the WSC's of Dyson Racing prevailed with a 1-2
sweep. The Panoz' and Champion Porsche each held the lead during the
race but could not keep up the blistering pace of the Dyson cars.  The
preliminary entry list for this week-end looks like an exact copy of
the entry list at Mid-Ohio.

The Atlanta week-end will mark a continuation of the championship
battle between the WSC's Ford and Ferrari. At Lime Rock Ford/Dyson
driver's Butch Leitzinger and James Weaver grabbed a dramatic victory
over Ferrari driver's Wayne Taylor and Eric van der Poele. Taylor
comes into the week-end with a slim two point lead in the driver's
championship.

In GT1, the Panoz GTR's will have some competition from the lone
Champion Porsche GT1 entry. With Road Atlanta being the home of Panoz
Motorsports a good showing is mandatory.  With that attitude be a
prevailing doctrine the Panoz team will enter three cars this
week-end.  Adding to the pressure is the reminder that Road Atlanta is
also the place where the Panoz team scored their first victory last
year. It will be an interesting story to watch on Sunday.

In GT2 and GT3, the race will once again boil down to a Porsche v.BMW
fight.  In GT3, the BMW's of Tom Milner's Prototype Technology Group
have been the dominant team in either sanctioning series. In GT2, the
Porsche of Larry Schumacher and Klaus Ludwig appear to have found
their 1997 performance level.

 So with just three races left in the PSR season the points battle has
begun. The Panoz team can virtually lock up the GT1 Championship with
a victory this week-end. In WSC, the battle will probably be a repeat
of last year's down to the wire finish at the final race at Laguna
Seca. In GT2 the championship battle will also probably be decided in
the last race.  In GT3, it looks doubtful that anyone can stop the BMW
tidal wave.

David Treffer -- The Auto Channel

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