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1. WOO Mandates Full Containment Seats
World Racing Group and the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series (WoO), working in conjunction with other 410 Sprint Car sanctioning bodies, 410 tracks and promoters, part manufacturers, suppliers, and other entities involved in the 410 industry, have developed and adopted three significant rule changes for the 2014 racing season.
These rules and products were released at the 2013 PRI Trade Show. Listed below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we received at the PRI Show:
1. The seat rule is mandatory and becomes effective Feb. 1, 2014. Any race car being presented for WoO competition must be equipped with one of the listed seats. There are no exceptions. Race cars not properly equipped will not be allowed to compete. The approved seat list may expand as new products are developed.
2. The front axle tether rule is mandatory and becomes effective April 1, 2014. Both the right and left side of the axle must be tethered. At this time the listed Butlerbuilt system is the only approved system. It is anticipated that other products will be approved as they are developed. Cars not properly equipped by April 1, 2014 will not be allowed to compete.
3. The torsion arm stop rule is mandatory and takes effect Feb 1, 2014. It is anticipated that other products will be approved for competition as long as they are similar in construction and quality to those listed. Approval will not be unrealistically withheld.
2. Indianapolis Speedrome Under New Ownership
Three local businessmen bought the Ivy Tech Indianapolis Speedrome in an agreement finalized December 31, 2013. New owners are Pete Watson, Jeff Hammel, and Larry Curry. Watson and Hammel are former owners of local Buffalo Wild Wings franchises also Watson is a current partner in the local Hot Box Pizza Franchising, LLC. Operating Partner Larry Curry is no stranger to the local racing scene with vast racing experience including an IRL Championship with Tony Stewart in 1997.
“Our goal is simple, we want to return the Speedrome to its former glory as a springboard for new racing talent, while providing fun, family-friendly entertainment to the Indianapolis area,” explained Curry.
The Ivy Tech Indianapolis Speedrome was founded in 1941, the 1/5-mile oval track featured mainly Midget cars until 1951 when exciting Figure 8 racing was introduced and features the World Figure 8 Championship Three Hour Endurance Race Some of racings greatest drivers have raced at the Speedrome, including A.J. Foyt, Darrell Waltrip, Michael Waltrip, John Andretti, Johnny Rutherford, Lloyd Ruby, Gary Bettenhausen, Mel Kenyon, Bobby Allison, and Tony Stewart.
3. Power by Ernie Elliot
Power by Ernie Elliott announced recently the company has officially restructured and is offering full-service leasing programs to NASCAR’s top-3 divisions, ARCA Racing Series, and other motorsport divisions. The company develops and builds high performance Chevrolet and Toyota engines with legendary engine builder Ernie Elliott at the helm. Ernie Elliott’s accomplishments include holding the NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying record of 212.809 mph, 1 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship, 51 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series poles, 39 wins, 148 top 5s and 291 top 10s. His engine building expertise has also earned him three ARCA Championships including 37 wins.
Located in Dawsonville, Georgia, the Power by Ernie Elliott facility is a fully equipped engine shop with the latest technology utilized to achieve top results. The shop features a full CNC machine shop capable of producing many parts in-house, including five-axis simultaneous CNC machining of cylinder heads and intake manifolds. They also feature multiple engine testing dyno cells, and an in-ground chassis dyno.
4. Crate Motor For Cancer
Chevrolet Performance and PROFORM Parts have created a custom crate engine that will be given away to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Michigan Cancer Research Fund. Sponsoring companies make a donation to these charitable organizations as their form of participation. EPrize will select the lucky winner, drawn at random from online entrants, on January 22.
The Pink ZZ383 Chevrolet Performance Crate Engine is rated at 425 hp/449 lb-ft of torque. Its short-block has four-bolt mains, a forged crank, heavy-duty rods, and hypereutectic pistons. Fast Burn aluminum heads have 2.00/1.55-inch valves and roller rockers. A PROFORM Street Series carburetor sits on a GM high-rise intake manifold. Final compression ratio is 9.6:1, allowing the Pink ZZ383 to make plenty of power on pump gas.
5. Frank Kimmel Moves To Win-Tron Racing
Few racers have the winning record of Frank Kimmel. When he ended up on the free agent list at the end of the 2013 season, a season that marked his 10th championship in the ARCA series, it was only a matter of time before Frank was scooped up. Soon after the confetti was cleaned up, the announcement was made that Frank would drive for Win-Tron Racing in 2014. But how hard is it to move from one team to another?
“For me, it’s really not as much change as you might think,” explained Kimmel about his move to Win-Tron Racing. “Win-Tron takes care of the cars much like ThorSport took care of all the equipment. Kevin (Cywinski/co-owner) takes care of the cars and motor side of things and Nate (Thiesse/co-owner) takes care of the business side of things. And I’m going to drive like I did at ThorSport, so my role really remains the same. From here, it’s really just sorting out the nuts and bolts of how things work at Win-Tron and (outside of the ownership) who takes care of what.”
While Kimmel’s focus will remain on the driving duties, there are new personalities to consider. For starters, Kimmel will be working with a new crew chief in 2014—NASCAR veteran chief Jamie Jones.
Jones has crew chiefed for a variety of NASCAR drivers over the years including Terry Cook, David Green, James Buescher, Rick Crawford, and David Starr. He also served as Mason Mitchell’s crew chief when Mitchell successfully switched from Roulo Brothers Racing to Empire Racing in 2013.
“I know that Jamie has worked with a lot of successful drivers down through the years. He was taking care of Mason Mitchell’s stuff toward the back end of last year and did a heck of a good job with all that, then went to work for Win-Tron at the end of the year. He’s been around a while. He’s ‘old-school’ so we’ll get along well. He understands what makes these cars go fast. I’ve already talked with him several times,” added Kimmel.