INDIANAPOLIS (March 9, 2004) — The Motorock Trans-Am Series has signed a sanctioning agreement with SCCA Pro Racing for 2004, while Champ Car will take over operations of the Series this season. The agreements, which take effect immediately, were announced today by Motorock Trans-Am Series Executive Director John Clagett, SCCA Pro President Steve Johnson, and Champ Car World Series President Dick Eidswick.
The agreements continue a relationship between Trans-Am and SCCA dating back to 1966.
“This unique sanctioning and operations agreement allows the Trans-Am Series to have the best of both worlds,” said Clagett. “SCCA Pro, which owns the Trans-Am brand, is an integral part of the Series’ long history, and will continue its long-standing tradition of supplying the nation’s premiere corner workers and race-weekend staff. SCCA’s 110 proud regions can continue to take delight in being part of Trans-Am, North America’s leading form of sedan sports car racing.
“The addition of Champ Car will integrate Trans-Am with a great motorsports organization, known for its world-renowned safety team, its top-notch technology department, as well as its strengths in administration, insurance, public relations and marketing,” added Clagett. “The integration also allows for greater efficiency in terms of operations, making Trans-Am stronger, operationally speaking, than ever before.”
“It’s important for SCCA to remain involved with the series it started in the 1960s,” SCCA Pro Racing President Steve Johnson said. “We are happy to provide sanction to the Motorock Trans-Am Series, and look forward to the beginning of its 2004 season.”
“We are pleased to take over operations of Trans-Am in 2004,” said Eidswick. “The Trans-Am Series boasts a history unequaled in North American auto racing. I think this agreement will yield significant benefits to Trans-Am and Champ Car.”
The Motorock Trans-Am Series features closed-fendered, production-based, V-8-powered sports cars, competing on permanent road courses, and temporary street and airport circuits throughout North America. The Trans-Am Series is America’s oldest continuously running road racing series and celebrates its 39th anniversary in 2004.
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