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 1 62 MAZDA RX7 Pete Halsmer 52 Laps 1.GTO
 2 63 MAZDA RX7 Price Cobb 52 Laps 2.GTO
 3 76 NISSAN 300ZX Tc Jeremy Dale 52 Laps 3.GTO
 4  9 FORD MUSTANG Robby Gordon 52 Laps 4.GTO
 5 21 FORD MUSTANG Wayne Akers 51 Laps 5.GTO
 6  6 FORD MUSTANG Dorsey Schroeder 51 Laps 6.GTO
 7 68 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Luis Mendez 50 Laps 7.GTO
 8 07 DODGE DAYTONA John Fergus 50 Laps 1.GTU
 9 87 CHEVROLET CAMARO Anthony Puleo 50 Laps 8.GTO
10 35 CHEVROLET CAMARO Mandy Gonzalez 50 Laps 9.GTO
11 96 NISSAN 240SX David Loring 49 Laps 2.GTU
12 95 NISSAN 240SX Bob Leitzinger 49 Laps 3.GTU
13 25 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Dale Kreider 48 Laps 10.GTO
14 03 CHEVROLET BERETTA Albert Ruiz 48 Laps 11.GTO
15 93 MAZDA RX7 Helmut Silberberger 47 Laps 4.GTU
16 88 BUICK REGAL Tc Flip Groggins 47 Laps 12.GTO
17 57 NISSAN 240SX Reed Kryder 46 Laps 5.GTU
18 48 BMW 325 Mike Graham 45 Laps 6.GTU
19 36 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Manuel Villa 44 Laps 13.GTO
20  3 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Robert Borders 34 Laps 14.GTO
21 16 MAZDA RX7 Zack Zaccheo 32 Laps 7.GTU
22 75 NISSAN 300ZX Tc Steve Millen 23 Laps 15.GTO
23  7 MAZDA RX7 Bill Auberlen 18 Laps 8.GTU
24 00 DODGE DAYTONA Don Knowles 10 Laps 9.GTU

Cars that did not start

   86 FORD RS200 Vic Gonzalez GTO

Pete Halsmer was at home

25 cars were entered in a race which was due to take place on a street course. As it was, a big fight was expected to happen between Mazda, Nissan and Ford. So, one could expect great things on and off the track. Pete Halsmer and Price Cobb would drive Mazda RX7s, Steve Millen and Jeremy Dale drive Nissan 300ZX Tcs and Robbie Gordon and Dorsey Schroeder had Ford Mustangs. Luis Mendez was the only private driver who seemed to be able to go for the win in his Chevrolet Corvette. The field was unbalanced, with only seven GTU cars entered. Two Dodge Daytonas were entered, with Don Knowles and John Fergus at the wheel. The opposition was a pair of Nissan 240SXs driven by David Loring and Bob Leitzinger, Bill Auberlen being the only strong Mazda RX7 driver. While Pete Halsmer was used to this track, it was not him who set the fastest lap early in practice. But he loved this track and things would settle down later in the session.

The Ford guys were not having a good time, with Dorsey Schroeder's car having to switch Engine before the race, while Robby Gordon was dealing with a car which was not quite efficient. Steve Millen Nissan 300ZX Tc grabbed second place on the grid, which was done with a new car. Jeremy Dale was third, followed by Price Cobb, Robby Gordon and Dorsey Schroeder. The green flag was waved with Steve Millen taking the lead in a somewhat unfair manner. He was well ahead of polesitter Pete Halsmer when the green was shown. Jeremy Dale could get past Pete Halsmer too, and the latter was ready to go for the chase. Behind them, Robby Gordon and Dorsey Schroeder would followed closely, ahead of Price Cobb, who was keeping an eye on his temperature gauge. Steve Millen was up front for 25 minutes or so, then he kissed the wall and his left-front tire began to flatten. So he went right into the barrier, and his day was over. Jeremy Dale then took over, followed by both Mazda RX7s. Then the Nissan's tires began to fade, and then Pete Halsmer went past. Price Cobb, whose car was now running better, overtook Jeremy Dale shortly after. Both Mazdas were running easy, but then Pete Halsmer got entangled in traffic. So he was passed by his teammate. Price Cobb seemed to be bound for the win, but he would skid in the nearly last corner of the race, offering the win to Pete Halsmer on a silver platter. Jeremy Dale was content with his third place finish, but he swore it would not become a habit.

The GTU race was different, with John Fergus simply dominating not only the race but the entire week-end. Teammate Don Knowles was slightly slower, driving the rear-drive car, which he was not accustomed to. David Loring and Bob Leitzinger's cars ran well, but were outperformed. They took third and fourth in practice, followed by Reed Kryder's private Nissan 240SX. The start of the race saw the two Dodge Daytonas run away from the pack, followed by the two Nissans of Bob Leitzinger and David Loring. Don Knowles quickly lost his transmission, and John Fergus built up an 11s advantage. He was able to keep his advantage until the chequered, while Bob Leitzinger finally had to let David Loring finish in second place, after his car developed a misfire. The team was happy with their 2-3 positions. In fourth place came Helmut Silberberger in a Mazda RX7. John Fergus had an absolutely great week-end, with everything going right : a perfect one.