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USRRC Formed to Unify North American Road Racing

3 October 1997

For Immediate Release


        NEW YORK (October 2, 1997)_The United States Road Racing
Championship (USRRC) has been created to unify North American road racing.
        The USRRC evolved through a series of meetings involving the United
States' leading road racing track promoters, motorsports entrants and
principals of SCCA Pro Racing, Ltd.
        The USRRC will operate as a coalition authority for two new
championships_the Can-Am and a GT series_as well as the NTB Trans-Am
championship. The SCCA World Challenge will be unified with current street
stock classes, benefitting from simplified rules and an enhanced schedule.
        "The United States Road Racing Championship unifies professional
sports car racing and will be the cornerstone for future growth," said Rob
Dyson. "Road racing today begins a period of stability, growth and a return
to prominence thanks to the vision and vigilance of these North American
promoters, future USRRC entrants and SCCA Pro Racing."
        "I've long advocated that unification of the road racing franchise
was essential to strengthing it so as to compete successfully in today's
market," said Nicholas W. Craw, SCCA, Inc. president and CEO. "The door is
now open for a new era of North American professional sports car racing."
        Work has already begun on a 1998 schedule and a rules package for
the new series_based on existing competition regulations for open cockpit
sports cars and the international GT code. The rules package will be
announced within the next three weeks.
        "The Can-Am is the most heralded name in the history of sports car
racing," said John Bishop, who will be involved in the formation of the new
Can-Am. "A Can-Am/Trans-Am/GT weekend offers motorsports fans the ultimate
weekend of professional road racing entertainment and is the combination
promoters have long sought to revive the popularity of sports car
        A separate governance board is being created that will operate
independently from the Sports Car Club of America's existing administration
and will be comprised of entrants, promoters and SCCA representatives.

Those in attendance included:

Skip Barber, president, Lime Rock Park; John Bishop, Founder, International
Motor Sports Association; Nicholas W. Craw, president & CEO, SCCA, Inc.;
Rob Dyson, WSC entrant; William France Jr., Daytona International Speedway;
Dan Greenwood, president & CEO, SCCA Pro Racing, Ltd.; Al Greibling,
circuit manager, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course; Jim Haynes, president,
Road America; Jim Kanely, president, Road Atlanta; Garrett Mudd, executive
director, Sprint PCS Grand Prix of Minnesota; Mike Rand, general manager,
Lime Rock Park; Les Richter, Chairman, Trans-Am Council; Ralph Sanchez,
president & CEO, Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex; John Saunders,
president, Watkins Glen International; John Stornetta, general manager,
Laguna Seca.