Monte Shelton Jaguar Regional Races Take the Green Flag at Portland International Raceway

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Sunday's races are round #2 of the 2007 Oregon Region SCCA Road Racing Championship presented by Fluge Global Adventures.

Round two of the 2007 Oregon Region Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Road Racing Championship presented by Fluge Global Adventures is scheduled this Saturday and Sunday at Portland International Raceway.

Among the more than 130 northwestern drivers competing this weekend is event sponsor Monte Shelton in his Porsche 911T that took first place in the SPO category at the first round of the championship on March 4. Also competing is Nick Fluge in his Fluge Global Adventures 2006 Corvette in the ITE classification.

The Monte Shelton Jaguar Regional Races consists of eight different combined groups competing in 12 races with practice sessions beginning Saturday at 9 a.m. and race qualifying starting at 1:15 p.m. The first of six Sprint Races, each lasting 20 minutes, begin Sunday at 9:00 a.m.

Finishing order in the Sprint Races determines starting grid positions for the six 30-minute Main Races, which get underway at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, with the Vintage race group up first. General Admission, seating and parking are free for the weekend, courtesy of Monte Shelton Jaguar.

All six race weekends in 2007 count towards Fluge Global Adventure class championships and take place at Portland International Raceway. 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 contributes over $45 million and 690 jobs to the surrounding community each year.

Individual event sponsors all hail from the Portland metropolitan area, including Monte Shelton Jaguar, Temp-Control Mechanical Corp., Gran Prix Imports, Pro Drive Racing School, and Brewer Construction. Race cars range from exotic purpose-built sports racers and open-wheel formula cars, to GT, sedan and vintage cars.

2007 Race Calendar

March 4
Fluge Global Adventures Regional Races

April 21-22
Monte Shelton Jaguar Regional Races presented by Fluge Global Adventures

May 11-13
Gran Prix Imports Festival of Speed presented by Fluge Global Adventures

June 1-3
40th Annual Rose Cup Races Presented by Temp-Control Mechanical Corp.

June 30- July 1
Pro Drive Regional Races presented by Fluge Global Adventures

August 25-26
Brewer Construction Regional Races presented by Fluge Global Adventures

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 Fluge Global Adventures

Fluge Global Adventures consists of a series of events and adventures sure to please anyone wishing to rekindle their relationship with adrenaline and excitement. These include a 19,000 foot summit run at Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, a cross country road race in The Cannonball Run 2007, a very serious hike to Base Camp at Mt. Everest in Nepal, a full scale onslaught on the World Series of Poker, and High Octane Adventures in the SCCA behind the wheel of full-on Super cars. These are just some of the events already in progress for 2007 with more to come. Their Web site can be found at http://www.flugeadventures.com.

About Oregon Region SCCA

The Oregon Region of the SCCA 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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