IMCA Champs Get an Unexpected Bonus from TomCat Performance
Racers who won track championships in the IMCA's Modified division got an unexpected surprise when they received a certificate worth $200 toward a new transmission courtesy of TomCat Performance. In case you're wondering: Yes, there are a lot of IMCA Modified track champions. In all, TomCat awarded a whopping $24,000 in product certificates to the champs, even though the drivers weren't required to run a contingency decal or do anything for it during the season. Apparently, it was just a way to support the racing community, and TomCat Performance has already committed to awarding $200 certificates to every IMCA Modified champion again next year. The certificates can be applied toward the purchase of a new RaceGators transmission, which is now legal in the IMCA and will work in all applications where a Bert- or Brinn-style two-speed transmission is used.
Simpson Goes Global
New Braunfels, TX
- Three cheers for the USA! All-American safety products manufacturer Simpson Performance Products, the largest U.S. based safety manufacturer, says that it is responding to ever increasing demand in Europe by opening a new European market office. Chuck Davies (below right), CEO of Simpson, says the major reason the expansion is possible because of the recent release of the Hybrid series of FIA and SFI approved head and neck restraints. Simpson's new European office will be led by famous Scandinavian racer Jan Phersson (center).
The Rock Gets Safer
- Rockingham Speedway, purchased a few years ago and run independently by longtime racer Andy Hillenberg, is finishing up a major upgrade by completing the installation of a SAFER barrier. This is one of the first tracks we know of that doesn't have a Sprint Cup Series race to invest in the safety device. The barrier is planned to be completed in time for the track's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the spring. The track already had SAFER barriers up along the backstretch in time for its famous Polar Bear 150 race. "The SAFER barriers that we had in place on the backstretch held up great to the hits they took during the last two race weekends," Hillenburg says. "You hate to see anyone wreck, but it's good to know we've done all that we can to make the track safe."
Southern National Reopens
- After all the bad news about one track after another closing down, we're happy to report one coming back to serve the racing community. Southern National Motorsports Park, a 0.400-mile paved oval in Kenly, North Carolina, will be back up and running for the 2012 season and backed by a NASCAR sanction. As this went to press, the track's new owners are planning a 22-race schedule with most events taking place on Saturday nights. The feature event will be the NASCAR Late Model Stocks running either a 150-lapper or twin 75-lap features most weeks. "Southern National Motorsports Park is a great facility for fans and race teams alike," says NASCAR vice president of the regional and touring series George Silbermann. "(New owners) Michael Diaz, Jerry Brown, and Jim Dean have formed a great team to put this track back on the map." For more information on events at Southern National, you can check out www.snmpark.com
ARCA Co-Founder Mildred Marcum Passes
The racing world lost a part of its history. Mildred Marcum, matriarch and co-founder of ARCA, passed away recently in Toledo, Ohio. Mildred had just celebrated her 98th birthday on January 6, 2012. In 1953, Mildred and husband John Marcum founded a pair of motorsports companies in their home of Toledo: the Midwest Association for Race Cars (MARC), a sanctioning body for organizing and administrating races and licensing and insuring competitors which would evolve into the present-day Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA); and Marcum Promotions, formed to operate the grandstand side of the racing business. Mildred worked in the ARCA home office right up until her birthday.
Crane To Support V8 StockCar Road Racing Series
Daytona Beach, FL
- Crane Cams and the V8 StockCar Road Racing Series have joined forces. Crane Cams will become the title sponsor for the V8 StockCar Road Racing Series for 2012. The Series will now be known as the Crane Cams V8 StockCar Road Racing Series. In addition to championship rings for each class champion and significant contingency payments, eligible competitors will have access Crane's support staff for technical assistance. The V8 StockCar Road Racing Series is a touring, points championship series for stock cars and GT machines. The series debuted in 2004 at Virginia International Raceway and 2012 will mark its ninth year. The V8 series has four classes of cars that compete on road courses including, Sebring, Palm Beach, Carolina Motorsports Park, Daytona, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Homestead-Miami, Roebling Road, and Road Atlanta.
For us, the most interesting class is definitely V8 SPO, which is made up of older NASCAR Cup and Nationwide cars with a few Super Late Models thrown in for good measure.