Racing Season Kicks Off for Oregon/Washington Drivers

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Schedule Announced for 2008 Oregon Region SCCA Road Racing Championship presented by Fluge Global Adventures

The Oregon Region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) this weekend kicks off an eight-race championship series for race car drivers competing in categories ranging from exotic purpose-built sports racers and open-wheel formula cars, to GT, sedan and vintage cars. New this season are the Pro Drive Spec Racer Ford Championship and The Fourth of July Independence Day Races brought to you by Parr Cabinet Outlet.

"We are proud to partner once again with Fluge Global Adventures and numerous other area businesses to bring the best of amateur racing to the Portland metropolitan area," said Dan Halloran, Oregon Region SCCA Regional Executive. "Simultaneously, we are pleased to also announce individual event sponsors for our 2008 race weekends, and a new class championship title sponsor for the popular Spec Race Ford (SRF) series in Pro Drive," Halloran added.

Individual event sponsors all hail from the Portland metropolitan area, including Monte Shelton Jaguar, Temp-Control Mechanical Corp., Parr Cabinet Outlet, Brewer Bros. Construction, and Pro Drive.

"The Oregon Region Sports Car Club of America (ORSCCA) has designed a program to bring first class motorsports to Portland and the Northwest," explained Randy Unsbee, head of Oregon Region SCCA publicity and marketing. "Our goal is to provide SCCA region membership and spectators with the best motorsports experience available, while pursuing a positive influence on the area's economy and enhancing the city's position in the sports community."

All eight events counting towards class championships take place at the newly repaved 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 bring between 30 and 40 million dollars into the surrounding community each year.

2008 Oregon Region SCCA Race Calendar

March 28-30
Fluge Global Adventures Regional Races

April 19-20
Neil Swanson Memorial Regional Races presented by Fluge Global Adventures

May 2-4
Fluge Global Adventures Regional/National Races

May 30-June 1
Rose Cup Races Presented by Temp-Control Mechanical Corp.

July 4-6
The Fourth of July Independence Day Races
brought to you by Parr Cabinet Outlet

August 8-10
Brewer Bros. Construction Regional Races presented
by Fluge Global Adventures

September 6-7
Monte Shelton Jaguar Regional Races presented
by Fluge Global Adventures

October 18-19
Fluge Global Adventures Regional Races

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.

About Fluge Global Adventures

Last year, Fluge Global Adventures (FGA) won the prestigious Rose Cup at Portland International Raceway, captured the Improved Touring E (ITE) class championship with the Oregon Region Sports Car Club of America, competed in a 3,000-mile cross country race rally, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and to the Base Camp at Everest, competed in professional Las Vegas poker tournaments, and went "Nessie" watching in Scotland.

In 2008, (FGA) tackles some exciting new challenges. Besides entrance in selected Sports Car Club of America races, the FGA team will participate in the World Series of Poker, take on world class bikers in a 200 mile Cycling Classic, attempt an Exorcism at Amityville in New York, take part in the Duel in Death Valley in the fall, and compete in The Million Dollar Race in Las Vegas this November. For more on these events go to http://www.flugeglobaladventures.com.

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