Monte Shelton Jaguar Regional Features Championship Battles at Portland International Raceway

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Season-Long Championships Hang in the Balance in Penultimate Round of the Oregon Region SCCA Series

Portland International Raceway plays host this weekend to the Monte Shelton Jaguar Regional races with six important events counting towards the season-long Oregon Region class championships as the season winds down to its conclusion.

Sanctioned by the Oregon Region of the Sports Car Club of America, nearly 200 drivers will compete in up to 50 Regional Championship race classes on the 1.967-mile road course in North Portland. Race cars range from purpose-built sports racers and open-wheel formula cars, to GT, sedan and vintage car classifications.

Qualifying begins Saturday at 9 a.m. for the closely contested Spec Miata classes and concludes at 4:40 p.m. with qualifying for a variety of sports racer and formula car classes. The green flag falls on the first of six regional championship races at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Among the hotly-contested race categories: Ronald Bonham and Dennis Andrade are tied at 60 points each in Formula Vee, Ward Barbour and Jim Hargrove are also tied at 60 points each in GT Lite, Portland's Gary Bockman leads Vancouver's Will Schrader by 10 points in the popular Spec Miata class, and Vancouver's Chris Jackson leads Portland's Gary Manchester by a slim one-point margin in Spec Racer Ford.

General Admission, seating and parking are free for the weekend, courtesy of Monte Shelton Jaguar. Miatacage.com and the Spec Miata drivers sponsor the SCCA workers/driver/crew barbecue Saturday night, along with Portland's Monte Shelton Jaguar.

Only one more event is scheduled in the Regional Championship Series: The Monte Shelton Jaguar October Double Points Regional is set for October 7-8.

Portland International Raceway is owned and operated by the City of Portland through its bureau of Parks and Recreation. The raceway is operated as an Enterprise Fund, meaning that its operating expenses and capital improvements are covered by the revenues that it generates, as Portland International Raceway receives no general fund tax dollars. The raceway's varied, year round activities bring between 30 and 40 million dollars into the surrounding community each year.

About Monte Shelton

Monte Shelton of Portland is one of the most accomplished race car drivers in the state's history. Shelton began racing in 1960 and has competed in more than 600 events during a driving career that spans more than four decades. He won the Portland Rose Cup an unprecedented six times and finished second seven times. He also is a two-time winner of the Six Hours at Watkins Glen. He has driven eleven times in the 24 Hours of Daytona and took third in 1979. He also raced seven years in the Trans-Am series, scoring five wins, with three second-place finishes and two third-place showings. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

Monte Shelton Jaguar was established by Monte Shelton Motors with over 40 years of experience in the automotive business. It is located at 1638 West Burnside in Portland, OR.

About Oregon Region SCCA

The Oregon Region of the Sports Car Club of America was established in the 1960's and has grown to its present membership of over 1,200 members. The Region obtained its charter from SCCA in 1962. It is a member oriented, member operated club with the primary purpose of "promoting, maintaining and improving automobile sports and interest in the ownership, operation of, and safety of sports cars."

The roots of SCCA and Oregon Region run deep in racing history. The origin of SCCA can be traced back to the pre-World War II "Auto Racing Club of America" which disbanded because of World War II. Originally, the State of Oregon was included in the territory of Northwest Region, SCCA (NWR), and it remained that way until the official creation of Oregon Region in 1962.

From its beginning, Oregon Region SCCA has been organizing and administering sports car/club racing events at Newport, Goshen (South of Eugene) and Portland's West Delta Park (now Portland International Raceway - PIR). The Region's first race was held at the Newport municipal airport (an ex-WWII air base) in 1962.

Currently, Oregon Region has active programs in Club Racing, Vintage Racing, Road Rally, Rallycross, and in Solo II - SCCA's autocross program where competitors compete against the clock in a controlled atmosphere. The Oregon region also provides workers and officials to major professional international racing competitions here in Oregon and across North America. Their Web site is http://www.oregonscca.com and may also be reached at 503.224.9469.

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