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.

  • Grand Touring (GT) – The GT class rules accommodate an extensive range of vehicles from different manufacturers. There is no limit to the engine displacement in this category and cars may use a forced induction system. To stop the cars, alternative materials may be utilized for the brake pads and shoes. Rules also allow the use of four-piston calipers, but rotors are limited to 14-inches in diameter. The maximum diameter of the wheels is 18-inches and any changes to the bodywork must be approved.

  • Touring Car (TC) – The Touring Cars are limited to an engine displacement of 2.8-liters. T he motors must be naturally aspirated (turbochargers or superchargers are not permitted). The Touring Cars are also allowed four-piston calipers and alternative materials for the brake pads and shoes, but the maximum rotor diameter is 12-inches. Wheels in this group are limited to 17-inches. Cars can be fitted with a spec rear wing and approved aftermarket bodywork.

    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.

    • Mosport International Raceway
    • Lime Rock Park
    • Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
    • Road Atlanta
    • Circuit Trois-Rivières
    • Grand Rapids street circuit
    • Vancouver street circuit
    • Pikes Peak International Raceway
    • Laguna Seca Raceway

    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.

    12Michael GalatiAcura Integra Type R28-
    25Hugh PlumbAcura Integra Type R28-
    31Pierre KleinubingAcura Integra Type R28-
    46Bill BeilharzMazda 62628-
    58Alfred DupontBMW 328is28-
    613Jason PotterHonda Accord28-
    711Kevin SchrantzAcura Integra Type R28-
    810Stephane TrahanVW Golf VR628-
    919Chris ReinkeFord Contour SVT28-
    1018Brian WadeBMW 328is28-
    1117Alain ChebeirBMW 328is28-
    1215Mike RichardsMercedes-Benz 190E28-
    1322Gary DavisBMW 328is28-
    1423Rick EllingerMercedes-Benz 190E28-
    1525Jeff TarrBMW 328is28-
    1624Fred MeyerAcura Integra Type R28-
    1720Ken PaysonMazda Miata27-
    189Fred PignataroFord Contour SVT23Mechanical
    1921Joel SollyHonda Accord23-
    203Taz HarveyAcura Integra Type R22-
    2116Mark ReedOldsmobile Achieva19Mechanical
    2214Steve LisaMazda 62612Mechanical
    2326David RosemblumBMW 328is12Accident
    2412Joe NonnamakerMazda MX-611Accident
    257Kurt BuchwaldBMW 328is11Accident
    264Kristian SkavnesAcura Integra Type R3Mechanical
    -28Grant Lockwood Honda Prelude-Did Not Start
    -27Paul GargiuloBMW 328ci-Did Not Start
    -29Will TurnerBMW 328is-Did Not Start

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