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October 6, 1999
PETER KITCHAK LEADS WORLD CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIP
Peter Kitchak, of Excelsior, Minnesota, will attempt to defend a very narrow lead in this weekend's season finale in the Speedvision World Challenge GT Championship at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California.
Kitchak will drive the Keewaydin/Toad Hall Racing Porsche RSR .
Kitchak won the most recent race in the series at Pikes Peak International Raceway last weekend. He has won four races in the series at Mid Ohio, Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Pikes Peak. Kitchak, whose average finishing position in the first two races was 17.5, has averaged 2.4 during the last 7 races, winning 4 of them.
Bobby Archer of Fort Worth Texas is second only one point behind Kitchak.
The Visa Sports Car Challenge Race is the final stop in a ten race series for the World Challenge GT Championship.
Toad Hall Motor Racing has entered two Porsche RSRs in the race. A total of 38 cars are entered. Jim Oppenheimer of Chicago, will drive the Impac/Toad Hall Porsche and Peter Kitchak will drive the Keewaydin/Toad Hall Porsche.
Porsche also holds the lead in the manufacturer's championship based on the successes of Kitchak, Oppenheimer and George Biskup of Napervill, Ill who also drives a Porsche RSR.
Kitchak won the last race in the series over John Heinricy of Holly, Michigan in a very close race, winning by only .609 seconds.
The Speedvision World Challenge GT series is North America's leading professional series for exotic production sports cars with a broad spectrum of manufacturers competing. The series pits top European sports cars such as Porsche and BMW against the “big iron” from North America, the 8 liter Dodge Vipers, the Corvettes and the Mustang Cobras. Also included are the best sports cars from Japan with the turbocharged Toyota Supra and the Acura NSX 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 twisty road course at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
"Winning the season championship is a tremendous opportunity for this team. It will be the first for the driver, the first championship for our crew Chief David Moore and the first championship for the team. It obviously will not be the first for Porsche," said Kitchak who is co-owner of the team. "Our crew has done a fabulous job during the season and we have been in the running at every race after a very shaky start. The Porsche has performed well and reliably during the entire season. It is a great car."
The Toad Hall Motor Racing 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.
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
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
Peter Kitchak 612-889-0910 (cell phone) or David Moore at 512-751-2996
Toad Hall Motor Racing:
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Series Information www.sccapro.com/wc/index.html
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