In 1999, the Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) World Challenge Championship was in its tenth season.
An agreement was signed that saw the Speedvision television cable network become the primary series sponsor.
As a result, the series was renamed the Speedvision World Challenge Championship.
Race weekends included two standing start races (limited to fifty-minutes) – one for the Grand Touring class and another for the Touring Cars.
To prevent any driver/car combination from dominating the class and ensuring tight competition, the R.E.W.A.R.D.S.
System was implemented. Introduced in 1995, R.E.W.A.R.D.S. is the acronym for ‘Rewarding of Equalizing Weight Assigned to Reduce Driver Sensitivity.'
This weight equalization rule adds or removes ballast from a car based on the finishing position of a driver.
There were nine-race weekends during the 1999 season.
Round one of the 1999 Speedvision World Challenge series was held at Mosport International Raceway.
Twenty-six Touring Car drivers participated in the twenty-eight lap race around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.
To prevent any driver/car combination from dominating the class and ensuring tight competition, the R.E.W.A.R.D.S. System was implemented. Introduced in 1995, R.E.W.A.R.D.S. is the acronym for ‘Rewarding of Equalizing Weight Assigned to Reduce Driver Sensitivity.' This weight equalization rule adds or removes ballast from a car based on the finishing position of a driver.
There were nine-race weekends during the 1999 season.
Round one of the 1999 Speedvision World Challenge series was held at Mosport International Raceway. Twenty-six Touring Car drivers participated in the twenty-eight lap race around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.
|The start of round one for the 1999 Speedvision World Challenge Touring Car division. Leading the field of twenty-six drivers into Mosport International Raceway’s corner one is the pole-sitter, Pierre Kleinubing, driving the No. 42 Realtime Racing prepared Acura Integra Type R. Behind Kleinubing are four other Type R piloted Michael Galati, Taz Harvey, Kristian Skavnes and Hugh Plumb.|
|Last year’s World Challenge Touring 2 champion, Michael Galati, left Realtime Racing to form his own team. At Mosport International Raceway, he drove the No. 19 Acura Integra Type R and qualified second fastest. Galati followed the pole-sitter, Pierre Kleinubing, for the first nineteen laps of the race. After a caution period ended, he saw an opportunity to pass Kleinubing and proceeded to go unchallenged for the win.|
|Realtime Racing teammates Hugh Plumb and Pierre Kleinubing ran ‘nose to tail’ for much of the race. Kleinubing qualified on the pole and led until he was passed by Michael Galati. While running second, Kleinubing battled with Taz Harvey. There was contact between the two, which allowed Plumb, who started fifth, to move past the pair and finish second. Kleinubing would cross the finish line in third.|
|World Challenge Touring Car rookie Bill Bielharz entered round one at Mosport International Raceway driving the No. 83 Paladin Development Company sponsored Mazda 626. During the qualifying session, Bielharz recorded the sixth fastest time. The retirement of the fourth-fastest qualifier, Kristian Skavnes, and Taz Harvey’s incident during the race allowed Bielharz to finish in the fourth position.|
|Another rookie in this year’s Speedvision World Challenge Touring Car category was Alfred DuPont. DuPont piloted the No. 51 European Racing Technologies prepared BMW 328i. He started the twenty-eight lap contest in the eighth position. DuPont was the beneficiary of the caution-filled race and advanced three spots to capture a fifth-place result.|
|In the off-season, Dublin/Tracy Honda acquired the DC Sports Acura Integra Type R campaigned last year by Lance Stewart and Brad Creger. At Mosport International Raceway, the No. 8 Integra was driven by Taz Harvey, who raced a Honda Prelude in 1998. Harvey qualified third fastest. On the lap-19 restart, he challenged Pierre Kleinubing for second place. The two made contact with Harvey coming out as the loser.|
|The second DC Sports Acura Integra Type R was driven by successful SCCA National racer Kristian Skavnes. Skavnes was gridded behind his teammate, Taz Harvey, in the No. 88 Integra. Unfortunately, his race only lasted three laps and he was classified as finishing last. The only ‘bright spot’ was that Skavnes recorded the fastest race lap.|
|1||2||Michael Galati||Acura Integra Type R||28||-|
|2||5||Hugh Plumb||Acura Integra Type R||28||-|
|3||1||Pierre Kleinubing||Acura Integra Type R||28||-|
|4||6||Bill Beilharz||Mazda 626||28||-|
|5||8||Alfred Dupont||BMW 328is||28||-|
|6||13||Jason Potter||Honda Accord||28||-|
|7||11||Kevin Schrantz||Acura Integra Type R||28||-|
|8||10||Stephane Trahan||VW Golf VR6||28||-|
|9||19||Chris Reinke||Ford Contour SVT||28||-|
|10||18||Brian Wade||BMW 328is||28||-|
|11||17||Alain Chebeir||BMW 328is||28||-|
|12||15||Mike Richards||Mercedes-Benz 190E||28||-|
|13||22||Gary Davis||BMW 328is||28||-|
|14||23||Rick Ellinger||Mercedes-Benz 190E||28||-|
|15||25||Jeff Tarr||BMW 328is||28||-|
|16||24||Fred Meyer||Acura Integra Type R||28||-|
|17||20||Ken Payson||Mazda Miata||27||-|
|18||9||Fred Pignataro||Ford Contour SVT||23||Mechanical|
|19||21||Joel Solly||Honda Accord||23||-|
|20||3||Taz Harvey||Acura Integra Type R||22||-|
|21||16||Mark Reed||Oldsmobile Achieva||19||Mechanical|
|22||14||Steve Lisa||Mazda 626||12||Mechanical|
|23||26||David Rosemblum||BMW 328is||12||Accident|
|24||12||Joe Nonnamaker||Mazda MX-6||11||Accident|
|25||7||Kurt Buchwald||BMW 328is||11||Accident|
|26||4||Kristian Skavnes||Acura Integra Type R||3||Mechanical|
|-||28||Grant Lockwood||Honda Prelude||-||Did Not Start|
|-||27||Paul Gargiulo||BMW 328ci||-||Did Not Start|
|-||29||Will Turner||BMW 328is||-||Did Not Start|
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