PORTLAND, Ore. (PRWEB) October 7, 2006
Portland International Raceway plays host this weekend to the season-ending Monte Shelton Jaguar Double Points Regional races with six important events counting towards the season-long Oregon Region class championships.
There are 21 Regional Championship race classes still undecided along with three of four vintage categories in events sanctioned by the Oregon Region of the Sports Car Club of America 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 sedan and production cars and concludes at 4:15 p.m. with qualifying for exciting Spec Miata road racers. The green flag falls on the first of six regional championship races at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
The hotly contested race categories to be decided in Sunday’s races, which award double championship points, include:
Spec Miata - Vancouver’s Will Schrader, Portland’s Kevin Brinkley and Fenn Bourland, and Brian Towey of Hood River, OR in their Mazda Miatas.
Spec Racer Ford - Vancouver’s Chris Jackson, Portland’s Gary Manchester and Todd Lamberton.
Formula Mazda - Portland’s Matt Kurdock.
VP1 - Salem’s David Sweet, Allyn, Washington’s Robert Dustan and Portland’s Jacqulyn Mincheff.
VP2 – Tim Scott of Longview, WA, Paul Sundermier of Salem and Gordon Baron, Jr. of Sherwood.
VFSR – Eugene’s Dan Mullin and Sherm Johnston of Meridian, Idaho.
General Admission, seating and parking are free for the weekend, courtesy of Monte Shelton Jaguar.
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.