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Pro Sportscar Racing Series Heads for Sears Point; Current PointStandings

8 July 1997

(Sonoma, CA)-Sears Point Raceway will be the site for the Pro Sportscar Racing series this week-end. The Toshiba Copiers & Fax California Grand Prix will be the backdrop for Round Six of the 11 scheduled races. It will be a busy schedule for the competitors. Along with WSC, the week-end racing will feature GTS1, GTS2 and GTS3 as well as the PSR Endurance Series and the Black Magic Pro Series. This will be the first of two visits to the Northen California region for PSR. In October the series will conclude the season at Laguna Seca.

The tentative entry list shows that 19 WSC cars have entered the two-hour race. A couple of eastern-based teams have deferred making the long trip west. Current points leader Elliott Forbes-Robinson will be in the #20 Dyson Ford Riley & Scott MkIII. He will be paired with Butch Leitzinger. This will make for an interesting pairing since Leitzinger trails Forbes-Robinson by 24 points. The #16 Dyson Ford Riley & Scott MkIII will be driven by team owner Rob Dyson and James Weaver.

No doubt that a lot of the pit row talk will center around the most recent announcements concerning PSR (Pro Sportscar Racing) vision of the future. The recent formation of the World Manufacturer's Council for North America has been viewed by many as a postive step. The trouble will come for those teams that will not be able to afford the increased budgets. Another question that must be resolved is the immediate future of the WSC class. While the WSC class is in the manufacturer's council several WSC owners, on condition of anonimity, have expressed concern that GTS1 will be the series of the future. A look back at the most recent 24 Hours of Le Mans could well be a prevue of 1998 and beyond.

With Sears Point being a halfway point in the season it is the time of the year where teams must make commitments for next year's equipment. In order to pay for that equipment an owner is in the middle of delicate negotiations with current or potential sponsors. Andy Evans, with checkbook in hand, has provided a broad vision. The devil, as they say, is in the details.

The GTS1 class, currently led by Porsche drivers Andy Pilgrim and Jochen Rohr will no doubt be looking over their respective shoulders for the fast-closing Ford Panoz driven by Doc Bundy and Andy Wallace. The Panoz made its debut at Sebring. The 12 hour endurance race did not go exactly as planned for the Braselton, GA based team. Since that race the Panoz team has made huge strides posting victories at Road Atlanta and Watkins Glen and a second place at Lime Rock.

The GTS2 class is led by Porsche drivers Larry Schumacher and John O'Steen. The two drivers have been the most consistent drivers in that class. They came very close to winning the over-all race at Lime Rock. Look for another good effort.

GTS3 is led by another Porsche team of David Murry and Jim Matthews. The two teammates are locked in a tight points battle with BMW driver Bill Auberlen.

All of the week-ends races will be televised. The WSC race will be televised at 4:00 pm EST. A tape-delayed highlight show will be presented by the Motorsports Hour by Chevrolet carried on the Fox Network on July 30. The GTS1, GTS2 and GTS3 race will be carried live at 6:00 pm EST on Fox Sports.


Current Standings

Drivers                       Points          
1)Elliott Forbes-Robinson       121
2)Butch Leitzinger               97
  James Weaver                   97
4)Rob Morgan                     93
5)Jim Pace                       88
6)Eduardo Dibos                  87
7)Tim McAdam                     81
8)Fermin Velez                   80
  Barry Waddell                  80
  Jim Downing                    80

Manufacturers                 Points
1)Ford                          130
2)Ferrari                       124
3)Oldsmobile                    103
4)Mazda                          82
5)BMW                            40

Exxon Supreme Series GTS1
Drivers                       Points
1)Andy Pilgrim                  112
  Jochen Rohr                   112
3)Roger Schramm                  85
  Stu Hayner                     85
5)Doc Bundy                      71
6)Andy Wallace                   50
7)Irv Hoerr                      46
  Scott Maxwell                  46
9)David Perelle                  45
10)Andy Petery                   41
   Craig Carter                  41
   Terry Borcheller              41

Manufacturer's                Points
1)Porsche                       112
2)Oldsmobile                     92
3)Panoz                          87
4)Ford                           46
5)Pontiac                        40

Exxon Supreme Series GTS2
Drivers                       Points
1)Larry Schumacher              120
  John O'Steen                  120
3)Franz Konrad                  103
4)Michel Ligonnet                99
5)Dirk Layer                     85
  Will Pace                      85
  Martin Snow                    85
8)Zak Brown                      74
9)Phillip Collin                 60
10)Claudia Huertgen              59

Manufacturers                 Points
1)Porsche                       138
2)Saleen                         41
3)Mazda                          17
4)Pontiac                        15

Exxon Supreme Series GTS3
Drivers                       Points
1)David Murry                   112
  Jim Matthews                  112
3)Javier Quiros                 105
4)Bill Auberlen                 104
5)Cort Wagner                    91
6)Dieter Quester                 77
  Marc Duez                      77
8)Jorge Trejos                   76
9)Kelly Collins                  74
10)Tom Hessert                   63

Manufacturers                 Points
1)BMW                           128
2)Porsche                       118
3)Saleen                         39
4)Nissan                         35
5)Mazda                          20

David Treffer -- The Auto Channel