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August 31, 1999
Toad Hall Motor Racing, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has entered two Porsche RSRs in the Molson Indy, SPEEDVISION World Challenge GT Sportscar race, at Vancouver, B.C. , on Saturday, September 4, 1999. A total of 43 cars are entered for the race.
The Vancouver World Challenge GT Race is the 8th stop in a ten race series for the World Challenge GT Championship.
Peter Kitchak, of Minneapolis, will drive the Keewaydin/Toad Hall Porsche and Jim Oppenheimer, Chicago, will drive the Impac/Toad Hall Porsche.
Kitchak won the last two races in the series at Trois Rivieres, Quebec and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kitchak, who was only 15th in the series standings after the first two races has steadily improved his position and now stands second in the driver's championship only 4 points behind Bobby Archer with three races remaining in the series. Kitchak has won three of the last 5 races in the series. Archer won the first two races in the series.
Porsche also leads in the manufacturer's championship.
Kitchak, a rookie in the series, won the only other World Challenge Race he entered, back in 1997, at Minneapolis, on a street course. He did not participate in the series in 1998.
The Speedvision World Challenge GT series is North America’s leading
professional series for exotic production sports cars. Pitting
European marks such as Porsche and BMW against the “big iron” from North
America, the 8 liter Dodge Vipers, the Corvettes and the Mustangs, and
the best sports cars from Japan with the turbocharged Toyota Supra and
the Acura NSX, the season presents a top level series with a broad spectrum
of manufacturers competing. Eight
different manufacturers are now represented in the top 12 positions in the driver’s points race.
Kitchak and Oppenheimer will both driver 3.8 liter (228 cubic inch) Porsche RSRs. Modified to tight racing specifications determined by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), these normally aspirated cars produce 370 horsepower and will reach 130-140 miles per hour on the city streets of Vancouver.
“We won the last two races at Trois Rivieres and at Grand Rapids, said Kitchak, "but those were very tight street courses suited to our excellent handling, good braking Porsche. Vancouver is a much faster course and the high horsepower of the Vipers and the Corvettes will be a handful. We expect to be in the hunt, but the course will favor the American 'Big Iron'. Our goal will be to stay close and preserve our position in the season championship. If we get the opportunity, we will race hard to win."
The Toad Hall Porsches are prepared by Moorespeed Race Engineering in Austin, Texas.
David Moore, president of Moorespeed will be the team’s crew chief, manager and chief engineer. Moorespeed is a specialty race car engineering and preparation shop specializing in Porsche and other race cars.
Jim Oppenheimer will drive his third World Challenge race this weekend. After an 11th place finish at Trois Rivieres, and an 18th place finish at Grand Rapids, additional changes have been made to the suspension of Oppenheimer's car to make it more competitive at Vancouver. "His performance is improving every race," Kitchak commented.
Kitchak won the 1998 24 hours of Daytona GT-2 class in a 600 hp Twin Turbo Porsche. He recently finished 18th overall, 6th in class and was a driver in the top GT-2 Porsche at the 1999 24 Hours of LeMans. Driving in the American LeMans Series for the Germany based team of Konrad Motorsports, he was also 3d in his class at the 12 Hours of Sebring and 3d at the Grand Prix of Atlanta in 1999.
Kitchak was the Canadian American Ice Racing Champion in 1970 (driving a Porsche on the frozen lakes of the US and Canada) and the International Ice Racing Champion in 1973. He did not drive any race cars between 1974 and 1992 when he started his road racing career. At 58 years old, Kitchak is one of the oldest drivers in the field. "Age is not a factor, " he says, "I stay in good shape and am driving better than I ever have."
Oppenheimer is a resident of Chicago, Illinois. He is 56 years old, married to Leslie with sons Michael and Jim. An executive in the packaging conglomerate, “The Impac Group”, Oppenheimer is a successful race car driver and Porsche collector.
Kitchak is a resident of Excelsior, Minnesota. He is 58
years old, married to Patricia. He is considered on the top "deal
makers" in American corporate real estate and is the President of The Keewaydin
Group, a real estate consulting firm headquartered in Minneapolis.
For more information contact Allison Riestenberg, The Keewaydin Group,
Inc., Minneapolis, MN, 612-341-4422. During the Race Weekend contact
Kitchak 612-889-0910 (cell phone) or David Moore at 512-751-2996 (cell phone).
Toad Hall Motor Racing:
SCCA World Challenge and immediate results: www.sccapro.com
Series Information www.sccapro.com/wc/index.html
The Keewaydin Group: www.keewaydin.com
The Impac Group: www.impacgroup.com