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A FATHER'S DAY TRADITION CONTINUES AS THE WEATHERTECH® CHICAGO REGION SCCA JUNE® SPRINTS RETURN TO ROAD AMERICA

 

 

ELKHART LAKE, Wis., June 11, 2014 - Winning the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) June Sprints at Road America has been every sports car driver's dream since the thrilling first event in 1956. Although the days of legendary drivers thundering along the straights and corners of Road America are gone, new thrills and memories have yet to be made as generations of racers and their families will flock to the WeatherTech® Chicago Region SCCA June Sprints® fueled by CITGO® June 12-15 for their chance at glory. This year, over 350 sports car drivers are scheduled to compete, as the June Sprints are the first trophy stop to win amateur racing's most prestigious title, the Triple Crown® of Racing. To earn this title, competitors must win in their class at the June Sprints, win their respective divisional title and win at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. 

 

Over the course of the four day event the fan-friendly paddock will be loaded with racers fielding a huge variety of cars from Corvettes and Mustangs, to open-wheel formula cars, historic Triumphs and Austin Healeys; even Toyotas, Mazdas and BMWs. A lap around Road America's 4.048-mile circuit offers the ultimate thrill for any sports car racer due to its 14 turns, three high-speed straights and 170' of elevation changes. For many of the competitors, it's an opportunity to follow in the racing lines of legends. With so many types of cars, groups and categories the WeatherTech® Chicago Region SCCA June Sprints® fueled by CITGO® schedule can be somewhat intimidating to the average race fan. Here's a guide that will help make sense of what to expect on track. 

 

The Touring category consists of late model, production vehicles a step beyond Showroom Stock in preparation level. They are listed as Touring 1 (T1), Touring 2 (T2), Touring 3 (T3) and last Touring 4 (T4), where you'll find fast and exotic sports cars pushed to the limit.

 

The Spec Miata (SM) class is intended to provide the opportunity to compete in low cost, production-based cars with limited modifications, suitable for racing competition. The rules are intentionally designed to be more open than the Touring class but more restricted than the Super Touring class. Mazda Miatas from 1990-2005 are eligible.

 

The Sedan category or American Sedan® (AS), is comprised of Chevrolet Camaros, Pontiac Firebirds and GTOs, and Ford Mustangs, on production-based chassis with modified suspensions and brakes.

 

Super Touring® was designed to allow late-model production-based cars, like those found in Touring, more extensive modifications, including wings, and in some instances, engine swaps. This includes Super Touring Under (STU) and Super Touring Lite (STL) - with smaller cars like the Mazda Miata in STL.

 

The Production category allows a range of performance modifications while retaining their original design, structure and drive layout. There is no age limit, so Production includes cars as old as 50 years and as new as current body styles. The three performance potential based classes include: E Production (EP), F Production (FP) and H Production (HP). 

 

Grand Touring Category or (GT) cars are purpose-built, highly modified "silhouette" replicas of series-produced sports sedans. GT cars are permitted tube-frame chassis with performance being equalized by allowing cars with smaller engines to compete at a lighter weight.  GT-1 cars are the fastest of the category, and many cars have run in the Trans-Am® series. GT-2, GT-3 and GT-Lite cars get progressively lighter and less powerful.

 

The eight Formula classes all feature single-seat, open-wheel racecars. They are built to detailed specifications for weight, size and engine displacement. There are incredible power to weight ratios in each class and the eight classes in order of fastest to slowest are: Formula Atlantic® (FA), Formula 1000 (FB), Formula Continental® (FC), Formula Enterprises (FE), Formula Mazda (FM), Formula F (FF), Formula 500 (F500) and Formula Vee® (FV).

 

In the Sports Racing Category there are four classes of purpose-built road racing cars with full composite bodies. Underneath, these cars are pure racing machines. The power plants in these cars vary from home-built "pieces and parts" engines to sealed identical motors. The C Sports Racing (CSR) and D Sports Racing (DSR) classes feature a variety of chassis including home-built, innovative designs and manufacturer produced cars. Sports 2000 (S2) cars use a standard engine in different body styles, while Spec Racer Ford is just that - a spec car with a sealed Ford Engine.

 

So there you have it, everything from showroom stock to highly modified purpose-built race cars are schedule to fill four days of practice, qualifying and racing at this year's June Sprints. With Road America's park-like setting, trackside viewing, up-close access to drivers and teams, and legendary cuisine appealing to drivers and fans alike, it's no wonder the WeatherTech® Chicago Region SCCA June Sprints® fueled by CITGO® remains one of the nation's premier amateur sports car racing events.

 

As part of its commitment to honoring America's heroes, Road America will also provide free admission to all active, reserve-duty military and veterans with ID all weekend during the WeatherTech® Chicago Region SCCA June Sprints® fueled by CITGO®.


The WeatherTech® Chicago Region SCCA June Sprints® fueled by CITGO® is truly a family event with an enhanced free family fun zone for ages 12 and under located at Turn 1. Complimentary 30 minute guided facility tours will also be available to fans both Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 2pm.  They will depart from the Paddock Shop located in the center of the paddock. Daily admission to the June Sprints is $20 Thursday, $25 Friday, and $35 each for Saturday and Sunday. Kids 12 and under are always free with an adult. Gates open at 7 a.m. and races run rain or shine. For more information, call 800-365-RACE (7223) or visit www.roadamerica.com

 


About Road America: Established in 1955 as the first permanent road racing course in the United States, Road America is located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.  The world's best racers have competed at this legendary four-mile, 14-turn road circuit for over 55 years. The 640-acre, park-like grounds offer amazing viewing opportunities, fantastic concessions and high-speed excitement to hundreds of thousands of spectators each year. In addition to public race weekends, Road America offers a variety of group event programs, the Blain's Farm & Fleet Motorplex for karting and supermoto, and the Road America Motorcycle and Advanced Driving Schools. For more information, visit www.roadamerica.com Follow Road America on www.facebook.com/RoadAmerica and on Twitter: @roadamerica or call 800-365-7223.

 

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