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Aug 11, 2001

What Happened To That CCS Race At Road Atlanta?

Copyright 2001, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>By David Swarts<BR><BR>The sign in front of Road Atlanta read "NO CCS EVENT" on Friday, August 10 with good reason--a race date originally appearing on the CCS schedule was never reserved at the Braselton, Georgia track.<BR><BR>According to Road Atlanta spokesperson Dave Levi, a race appearing on the CCS schedule for August 11-12 at Road Atlanta was a "publisher's error".<BR><BR>"We didn't write it. Somebody wrote that saying that we were gonna have a race, but we never said that we were going to," explained Levi before confirming that CCS made the mistake. Levi also said that a Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School is confirmed for the track this weekend, August 11-12.<BR><BR>Reached via telephone in his Fort Worth, Texas office, CCS National Road Race Manager Kevin Elliott said, "The first I learned of it was February 1st while I was in California at the first CCS race at the Streets of Willow. Our booking department called to say that we didn't have a date at Road Atlanta. Usually what happens is that when you have a date with a track, they hold that date for you for the following year. I guess they (Road Atlanta) were unhappy with our spectator turn out, but we (CCS) told them that we were not really a spectator series. We're real disappointed that the track didn't even call to tell us that they were unhappy with the spectator turn out. We had to call them to find that out."<BR><BR>Elliott said that the August 11-12 weekend was originally given to a vintage car racing group, but later scheduled to hold a Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School.<BR><BR>"I'm also disappointed that they didn't offer the track to us when the vintage car deal fell through. It's not like Schwantz's school is a spectator event," added Elliott. "We're looking at having two events at Road Atlanta in 2002 with hopefully one of them a Formula USA National Road Race event."