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SCCA President Announces New Head for Trans-Am Council

4 September 1997


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (September 3, 1997) -- Les Richter, executive vice
president of the California Speedway, has been named as chairman of the new
Trans-Am Council, announced SCCA president and CEO Nicholas W. Craw.

As Chairman, Richter will oversee all aspects of the Trans-Am Championship.
The Trans-Am Council is being created to serve as the series' governing
board and to control all policies and administration of the series.

The Trans-Am Council will have representation from entrants, participating
manufacturers, race promoters, series sponsors and media partners, in
addition to representatives of the SCCA's Board of Directors and SCCA Pro
Racing's Board of Directors.

 "Les Richter is one of the most respected people in motorsports," says
Craw, "and I'm delighted that he's coming on board to provide the Trans-Am
with his experience and judgment. With such an impressive background that
includes NASCAR and Penske -- two of the most revered names in the sport --
Les' expertise will be a tremendous asset in crafting the new Trans-Am."

"I'm certainly looking forward to this opportunity," said Richter.  "The
entrants are deeply committed to the Trans-Am and I look forward to the
challenge at hand -- to establish the Trans-Am as the nation's premier road
racing series."

California Speedway president Greg Penske says, "The Trans-Am
Championship's history involves Roger Penske and his driver Mark Donohue,
and that heritage remains very important to this day -- not just to the
series but to Penske Racing as well."

"The sport benefits from having a strong Trans-Am series, and the series
will clearly benefit from Les Richter's expertise and abilities. We are
delighted to play a continued role in forming the future of the Trans-Am,"
added Penske.

Known as _The Coach,' Richter will assume his Trans-Am Council Chairman
duties immediately, while continuing on at the California Speedway. 
Richter will split time between SCCA's Englewood headquarters and Fontana,