Ten SCCA Racing Championships to be Decided this Weekend

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Area Drivers Compete for Class Titles in Oregon Region Sports Car Club of America Races at Portland International Raceway

The Fluge Global Adventures Regional Races this weekend at Portland International Raceway are the final round in the 2009 seven event championship series.

Area race drivers are attempting to consolidate points leads or trying to improve class standings in sports racing, formula, production, touring and vintage road racing classes sanctioned by the Oregon Region Sports Car Club of America.

Drivers must compete in at least four of the seven race weekends to be eligible for class championships. The competition has been so close this season that ten class titles are still up for grabs. Sprint races Sunday morning offer winners 10 points, while afternoon feature events award 20 points to each winner.

The always competitive MiataCage.com Spec Miata Championship is closely contested with Portland's Will Schrader leading with 156 points to Joey Atterbury of Renton, Wash. at 148 and Ken Sutherland of Sherwood, Ore. with 129.

Just as closely fought is Spec Racer Ford with Steve Fogg of West Linn, Ore. leading with 146 points to John Tipton of Lake Oswego, Ore. at 132 and Chris Jackson of Vancouver, Wash. with 130.

The Formula Mazda class for rear engine, open wheel racing cars is currently led by Matt Kurdock of Portland with 130 points. Portland's Brad McAllister is within striking distance at 100 points for the season.

The Improved Touring "A" class has Jordan Wand of Portland with 101 points leading Randy Unsbee of Gresham, Ore. with 91. The Grand Touring "S" race class has Doug Russell of Tigard, Ore. with 108 points over Kimberlee Taylor with 96 and Steve Thayer with 93 points, both from Vancouver, Wash.

Improved Touring "E" is led by Portland's Cameron Benner with 153 points over John Hudak of Everett, Wash. with 130 and Seattle's Val Korry with 120. Improved Touring "S" has Portland's Brian Richards leading with 119 to Lyall Edey of Seattle with 117 and Mark LeCombe of Maple Valley, Wash. with 89.

Just five points separate the title combatants in the Super Touring "O" class: Greg Pierson of Woodland, Wash. has 109 and Andrew Foley of Portland has logged 104 points.

In the Vintage Production "2" class, Tim Scott of Longview, Wash. leads Hans Gutmann of Portland by 173.5 to 143.5. Vintage Production "3" has Michael Smith of Battle Ground, Wash. ahead 124 to 95.5 over Richard Albrecht of Terreborne, Ore. Norm Daniels of Vancouver, Wash. is a close third with 95.

Race weekend practice and qualifying begin Saturday at 9 a.m., with racing starting Sunday at 9 a.m. Admission and parking are free, courtesy of Fluge Global Adventures. Race champions for all classes will be crowned November 20 at the annual Oregon Region SCCA Awards Banquet.

About Fluge Global Adventures

In 2007 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) tackled some exciting new challenges. Besides winning the Improved Touring E (ITE) championship, the FGA team participated in the World Series of Poker, challenged world class bikers in a 200 mile Cycling Classic, took part in the Duel in Death Valley in the fall, and competed in The Million Dollar Race in Las Vegas.

In 2009, FGA began the year with a very strong finish (Final Four Tables) in the World Poker Championships in February and launches their SCCA GT1 assault in March in sports cars. In April, FGA is sponsoring 45 elementary students to attend a vibrant outdoor school, and then complete an essay entitled: "One World, Infinite Adventures," which features an adventure or dream that each student would like to fulfill in their lifetime. More intriguing adventures remain to be scheduled for the summer and fall of 2009. For more on these events and adventures, go to http://www.flugeglobaladventures.com.

About MiataCage.com

Since 2001, Portland-based MiataCage.com has become a nationwide supplier of Spec Miata and Mazda parts for professional and amateur racing series. They design, fabricate and market more than 40 key Miata components, and are the leading designer and supplier of custom roll cage kits. The company also provides support to a wide variety of individual drivers and teams. For more information please visit http://www.MiataCage.com.

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