Hooters ProCup Series Opens Northern OfficeThe United Speed Alliance Racing (USAR) Hooters ProCup series has announced the opening of a satellite office at Jennerstown (Pa.) Speedway.
"We are very excited to solidify our partnership with Jennerstown Speedway," USAR President Gene Cox said. "Steve Peles has a first-class operation at Jennerstown Speedway, and we look forward to a long and beneficial relationship with the track. USAR has aquired partnership in the facility, and we look forward to returning to the track in 2002 with the Hooters ProCup series."
Jimmy Wilson was promoted to director of the Northern Division and assumed his duties late in the fall.
"I feel this office will show competitors that USAR is committed to the Northern Division, and the location will be convenient for everyone," said Wilson.
Busch Series To Run
Daytona Twice In '02
The NASCAR Busch Grand National Series will run in conjunction with the Winston Cup series next July in Daytona. The Busch series will run a 250-mile (100-lap) race on Friday night preceding the Cup race.
"Having the Busch series race is a great addition to the Pepsi 400 weekend," said speedway President John Graham. "The combination of the Winston Cup series and the Busch series in July at Daytona gives us an event schedule second only to Speedweeks in February."
Dirt Late Model Hall Of Fame
It's about time! Finally, dirt Late Model racing is getting recognition long overdue. The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame has been formed to recognize the great people who were the pioneers of the sport, as well as current and future generations of drivers and other individuals. There will be five honorees from each of three categories. Those include active and retired drivers and individuals who have contributed to the sport. The ceremony will take place near the end of each season at Florence (Ky.) Speedway.
Meet The Kellys On NASCAR.Com
Never miss an episode of The Simpsons? How about King of the Hill? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, you have to check out The Kellys on NASCAR.com. The Kellys is an original animated series showing on www.nascar.com. Every Friday during the racing season check out a new three-minute episode.
Each episode follows Joe Kelly, owner of Team Kelly Racing. The series gives you a behind-the-scenes look at Joe's racing operation. To the extent that his wife and kids let him, Joe Kelly runs the show at Team Kelly Racing's two-car, three-ring circus operation.
"Sometimes it's maddening. Sometimes it's magic," says Joe Kelly himself.
Log onto www.nascar.com and check out the three-minute episode every Friday to see if the Charlotte Candy/Bronco Beer-sponsored car of Team Kelly Racing has found a driver yet. Also, stay online to get more information about the Kelly gang. Meet Brenda, Joe's wife, and find out more about each member of the team from Calvin to Billy. Log on to the message boards and chat about the show and characters. You can also view past episodes and get the latest news on the Kelly family, Team Kelly and its sponsors. There are also downloads available with desktop wallpaper images of the Kellys, Trish and Joe.
The Kellys uses the same standards as a PG-rated movie. Parental guidance is suggested for younger viewers. Log on and go racing with the Kellys!
Tommy Baldwin-Car Owner
Crew chief Tommy Baldwin can usually be found hovering over the No. 22 Caterpillar Dodge of Ward Burton. But when the 2002 season rolls around, you're going to see Baldwin put on his car owner hat. He and long-time friend Eddie D'Hondt have announced they are forming a Busch Grand National team for '02.
"We have spoken with some very talented drivers, manufacturers and crewmen who are very excited about the possibilities of the dynamic team we have the ability to put together," says Baldwin. "We are meeting with companies who have shown an interest in sponsoring this endeavor, and we will continue to do that until we have secured enough financing to be the best team in this series."
Indy Racing League (IRL) To Start Support Series In '02
Tony George and company are set to launch a new support series for the IRL in the form of the Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series in mid-2002. Seven races will be run in conjunction with the IRL in 2002. The new series will utilize Infiniti Q45 engines with Dallara Automobili chassis built exclusively for the series.
"The launch of this new series is the natural evolution of the Indy Racing League," said George, president and CEO of the IRL. "With our partners at Dallara and Infiniti, this will be a successful series that will add value to promoters when they host an Indy Racing League weekend."
|2002 Indy RACING |
INFINITI PRO SERIES SPECIFICATIONS
|* Manufacturer: ||Infiniti |
|* Capacity: ||3.5 liters |
|* Configuration: ||90-degree, V-8 |
|* Horsepower: ||450 at 8,100rpm |
|* Manufacturer: ||Dallara |
|* Fuel Capacity: ||25 gallons minimum |
|* Data Acquisition: ||Specification system supplied with chassis to measure steering angle, shock travel, wheel speed, throttle and one spare sensor |
|* Minimum Weight: ||1,430 pounds |
|* Wheelbase: ||120 inches |
|* Track: ||Front, 67 inches; Rear, 64 inches |
| * AerodynamicSpecifications: ||Ground-effect stepped plane |