The 2009 Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Champion, Tommy Cloce, will
"Through the efforts of the Premier, and those of Mr. Dan Kgothule (a member of the Executive Council for Sport, Arts, Culture, and Recreation in the Free State Provincial Government) and Mr. Pillay, the American drivers will be welcomed with open arms and hospitality that will be second-to-none. The 'Championship' will not only assist in helping increase the skills of the South African drivers, but also showcase their talent on a national and international arena," said Huth.
On the flip side, the American drivers invited will not only get a chance to compete on one of the finest racetracks outside of the United States, but will enjoy many off-track opportunities to see the various sights of South Africa; this includes a private tour of "Savannah" the wildlife preserve that holds the distinction of being just one of three accredited worldwide breeders of the Cheetah, an endangered species.
To get the South African drivers up to speed with the big heavy American stock cars, Huth has enlisted the help of the DriveTech Driving School. Already the "official driving school of ASA," DriveTech instructors will make the trek to South Africa to help the local competitors learn the nuances of oval track racing in advance of the actual race.
The cars will use an electronically fuel injected LS3-based engine from Schwanke Engines o
Teams entered in the race will use former NASCAR Nationwide Series cars, the first 10 of which are already in South Africa. In a bold step, Huth and his ASA tech team have developed a special motor option for the race based on Chevrolet's LS3 aluminum block. Rated at 525 hp and 505 lb-ft of torque, the motor boasts a host of goodies like aluminum heads, custom pistons, and a hydraulic roller cam and is built by Schwanke Engines of Springfield, Minnesota. But get this, it's fuel injected. That's right, this race motor comes complete with an EFI PCM and custom wiring harness along with an L92 truck intake and a 90mm throttle body with 36-pound injectors.
The reasoning behind going with fuel injection won't be all that surprising to savvy subscribers of this magazine who have read the last few issues. "Everyone that I have talked to including my own technical team at ASA is telling me that EFI is the cutting edge of the future of motorsports," says Huth. "It will give us a definite advantage in terms of policing the rules and keeping a level playing field on the race track, plus it is a cost savings for each competitor."
The race will be televised live on South Africa's No. 1 sports network, but ASA holds the broadcast rights for the rest of the world so you will no doubt be able to see it on your own television perhaps as early as February 2010.
Rising NASCAR Star Marc Davis (left), pictured here with Joey Logano, will be making the t
"The 'Championship Between the Continents' is designed to foster friendship, competition, and knowledge both on-and-off the racetrack between South Africa and the United Stated. I have no doubt this will be a life-changing experience for those who attend from both our countries and that this will foster a bond that goes beyond just a motorsports competition," said Huth.
With a four-year deal in place in South Africa, a new generation of EFI motors, and an innovative approach to event management, ASA is beginning to build a foundation for international stock car competition of the future. Could we be looking at the beginning of the ASA Transcontinental Stock Car Series? You bet.