In September 1996, the International Motor Sports Group purchased the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).
On March 14, of the following year IMSA became the Professional Sportscar Racing, Incorporated.
The sanctioning body focused on converting the growing popularity of sports cars racing into a
solid fan base and developing long-term marketing partnerships. Two of Professional Sportscar Racings
major partners were Virgin Interactive, a technology and entertainment company and the petroleum giant Exxon.
Championships were contested for two major categories World SportsCars and GTS, which consists of three classes.
The eleven race season started in the first weekend of February and ended in late October. The WSC and GTS categories completed in separate contests with the exception of three events Rolex 24 at Daytona, Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring and First Union Six Hours at the Glen.
Round seven of the 1997 Exxon Supreme GT series was held at Mosport Park. Competitors raced around the ten turn 2.459-mile road course in a fifty-two-lap contest.
|The fifty-two-lap contest didnt make it to corner two before a full course caution period was necessary. In fact, the race was red-flagged for thirty minutes while track services removed the cars and cleaned the circuit. The incident occurred when contact caused the No. 56 Porsche 911 of Peter Kitchak to spin. Kitchak spun into the Matco BMW M3 of Matt Cohen, which in turn collected the Porsche 911 of Larry Schumacher.|
|Jochen Rohr, the owner of Rohr Motorsports,imported the No. 01 630-horsepower turbocharged Porsche 911 GT1 just two weeks before round seven of the 1997 Exxon Supreme GT series at Mosport Park. Before coming to Mosport, Rohr and Andy Pilgrim tested the car at Putnam Park. Rohr stepped aside for the race and used the services of Dorsey Schroeder. Schroeder captured the pole and victory with Pilgrim.|
|Starting on the outside of the front row at Mosport Park and second fastest in the GTS-1 category was the No. 66 Panoz Motorsports Panoz GTR. The team entered round seven with victories at Road Atlanta, Watkins Glen and Sears Point. Sharing the Panoz were Doc Bundy and Andy Wallace, who qualified the car. Unfortunately, the team made the wrong tire choice and finished almost a lap behind the Porsche.|
|Derek Hill celebrates his fourth GTS-3 class victory of the season in the No. 6 Prototype Technology Group BMW M3. Hill and his co-driver, Javier Quiros, were gridded seventh overall and second in class for round seven. After the driver change, Hill chased down his teammate, Bill Auberlen, in the No. 10. However, Auberlen encountered a mechanical issue allowing Hill and Quiros to inherit the lead and grab the win.|
|Konrad Motorsport collected their third consecutive GTS-2 victory at Mosport Park and fourth of the season. Finishing in the runner-up position at round seven was the No. 97 Roock Racing Porsche 911 GT2 shared by Dirk Layer and Kelly Collins. The Roock Porsche started ninth overall and benefitted from the misfortunes of the Martin Snow Racing and American Signature entries to claim the second in class.|
|The 3.2-liter double overhead camshaft inline six-cylinder engine used in the No. 10 BMW M3 Prototype Technology Group entry was driven by Boris Said and Bill Auberlen. Auberlen qualified on the GTS-3 pole. Said drove the first stint and turned the car over to Auberlen in the class lead. While in the top spot, Auberlen lost a wheel bearing. The team would make repairs and he returned to finish seventh in GTS-3.|
|The only Canadian entry in the event was the No. 27 Multimatic Motorsports GTS-1 STP Ford Mustang Cobra of Scott Maxwell and Jason Priestley. The local driver, Maxwell, was third fastest during the qualifying session, while Priestley was given the honour of starting the event. Unfortunately, their race only lasted seven laps. The drivetrain broke with Priestley coming to a stop in Moss corner.|
|1||GTS-1||Schroeder / Pilgrim||Porsche 911 GT1||Rohr Motorsports||52||-|
|2||GTS-1||Bundy / Wallace||Panoz GTR||Panoz Motorsports||52||-|
|3||GTS-2||Konrad / Ham||Porsche 911 GT2||Konrad Motorsports||50||-|
|4||GTS-3||Quiros / Hill||BMW M3||Prototype Technology Group||50||-|
|5||GTS-3||Said / Duez||BMW M3||Prototype Technology Group||49||-|
|6||GTS-1||Sifton / Varde||Porsche 911 GT2||Rohr Corporation||49||-|
|7||GTS-2||Layer / Collins||Porsche 911||Roock Racing||49||-|
|8||GTS-3||Matthews / Murry||Porsche 911||Jim Matthews Racing||49||-|
|9||GTS-2||Pace / Pace / Snow||Porsche 911||ATFAB||48||-|
|10||GTS-3||Purner / Lingner||Porsche 911||Team A.R.E.||48||-|
|11||GTS-3||Lewis / Burgess||Porsche 911||Jack Lewis Enterprises||47||-|
|12||GTS-1||Schramm / Hayner||Chevrolet Camaro||Rock Valley Oil||40||-|
|13||GTS-3||Cervelli / Wagner||Porsche 911||Technodyne||37||Mechanical|
|14||GTS-3||Auberlen / Said||BMW M3||Prototype Technology Group||30||-|
|15||GTS-2||Schumacher / O'Steen||Porsche 911||American Signature||28||-|
|16||GTS-1||Maxwell / Priestley||Ford Mustang||Multimatic Motorsports||7||Mechanical|
|17||GTS-2||Snow||Porsche 911 GT2||Martin Snow Racing||0||Accident|
|18||GTS-3||Cohen||BMW M3||Mattco Racing||0||Accident|
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