Phoenix International Raceway this weekend.
TOPEKA, Kan. (April 4, 2003) -- This weekend's Fourth Annual
Spring Racing Invitation to Benefit the Phoenix Children's Hospital
at Phoenix International Raceway is not only a great way for race fans to
assist a local hospital, but also an opportunity to be a part of the
debut of the new SCCA Pro Racing North American Championships.
Featuring doubleheader races for the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec
Championship, Pro Spec Racer, the Sport Racing Pro Series and the
Mazdaspeed Miata Cup Presented by Hankook Tires, this event marks the
first time that these series have raced together on the same weekend.
Having already made its East Coast debut last month at
Sebring International Raceway, the West Coast Formula Ford 2000 Zetec
Championship will roll off on the series' first split championship
since the early 1990s, when it was sanctioned by both SCCA Pro Racing and
The Phoenix weekend marks the premier for the Mazdaspeed
Miata Cup Presented by Hankook Tires. After running a select number of
SCCA-sanctioned spec Miata events last season, SCCA Pro Racing has
created a full championship in 2003, with support from Mazdaspeed and
For the venerable Pro Spec Racer series, this marks the
fourth trip to Phoenix for the season-opener. In last season's
Phoenix doubleheader, Johnny R. Meriggi, of Dallas, Texas, and Lee
Fleming, of Lake Forest, Calif., each claimed a victory. Both drivers are
back this weekend looking for another shot at victory and the chance to
take the lead in the Pro Spec Racer Pacific Tour points chase.
A recent addition to the SCCA North American Championships,
the Sports Racing Pro Series pits teams from the American City Racing
League (ACRL), the new SCCA Sports Car from SCCA Enterprises, the new
Mazda Sports Racer and cars eligible in the SCCA Club Racing D Sports
Racing and C Sports Racing classes against each for one overall win.
The SCCA North American Championships were designed with a
Pacific and Atlantic Tour format in an attempt to allow competitors to
participate in an entry-level professional racing series. The split
format eliminates cross-country trips, reducing the costs for
For more information on the SCCA North American
Championships, including coverage from this weekend's event, please
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