"Obviously, if you commit to do something like this, you want to be able to build on it for the future. We are currently in discussions to do just that," says Huth. Adding an exclamation to that statement, during the post race press conference, Free State Premier Magashule announced that his government would support the return of the Free State 500 for 2011.
"Next year we will have you come back to Phakisa," said Premier Magashule. "Bring your families and bring your friends, please come and experience everything our country has to offer."
The Free State 500 had everything a fan or competitor could ask for, tight racing, fender-to-fender excitement, a ground-breaking format that allowed cars with different engine types to compete against one another, and much more. But the success of the race signals the start of what could be a whole new area of growth for short-track motorsports, an international oval track series, the ASA Transcontinental Series. A solid foundation proven by a strong car count and 10,000-plus fans in the stands has been established. Now the sky's the limit for the Free State 500K and the ASA Transcontinental Series.