IMIS Adds IndyCar Pavilion
The growing International Motorsports Industry Show (commonly known simply as IMIS) has just added another specialized IndyCar-specific pavilion for its December show. IMIS is a three-day trade show featuring seminars, conferences—including the third annual Safety and Technical Conference—and more than 650 exhibitors showcasing the latest and greatest in racing parts and technology.
The third annual IMIS event is scheduled for Dec. 8-10, 2011 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. New in 2011 will be the INDYCAR Pavilion, which will be a focal area for all things related to the IZOD IndyCar Series, the Firestone Indy Lights Series, and the Mazda Road to Indy programs.
In addition to the pavilion area, there will be IndyCar-specific seminars and conferences in the areas of safety, engineering, and driver development. “We feel it is very important to have a significant role at the International Motorsports Industry Show as it is a great fit for our grassroots marketing and driver development plans,” said Randy Bernard, chief executive officer of IndyCar. “This is a great opportunity to engage potential drivers about the opportunities that can be found in the Mazda Road to Indy, educate the motorsports world about our new car set to debut next year, and align all of our series with a great industry event right in our hometown.”
New Distributor for G-Force Safety Products
Indianapolis-based Racer Parts Wholesale (RPW), one of the nation’s leading motorsports parts and accessories suppliers, announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Atlanta-based Racer Wholesale (RW), one of the country’s best-known sources for G-Force safety products. G-Force Racing Gear has supplied thousands of racers with helmets, driving uniforms, gloves, shoes, fire-retardant underwear, safety belts, and other safety products for more than 20 years through RW. RPW is in the process of moving Racer Wholesale’s inventory and records from Atlanta to its downtown Indianapolis headquarters. “Bringing in Racer Wholesale and G-Force product inventory is a project we are looking forward to here at Racer Parts Wholesale,” said Jack Borsos, RPW’s general manager. “Our customers will now be able to get their safety gear as well as their racing parts and accessories all from our centrally-based Indianapolis warehouse.”
Popular Website Changes Name
Factory stock car racer Ben Solberg is has unveiled inthepits.com, the latest incarnation of popular internet circle track racing forum www.southwestmissouriracing.com. The new website will continue to provide its users with the opportunity to discuss the sport and connect with those who serve the industry.
Solberg is a seven-year veteran of the Missouri racing community who has raced A-Modified, Late Model, and Factory Stocks with 14 Feature wins last year. “I want to continue to inspire people that want to make this forum a success,” says Solberg, adding, “I want to commend Dean on his efforts, all he has done and build upon it.”
Dean Hensler is a former A-Modified and Bomber racer and has been owner and site administrator since founding southwestmissouriracing.com in 2005. The site is the leading forum for racing in the Missouri region and its 4,000-plus members have contributed more than 140,000 posts since its launch.
Riverhead to Celebrate Evans HOF Induction with Race
What better way to celebrate one of your area’s greatest race car drivers making the NASCAR Hall of Fame than by holding a race?
Shortly after the late Richie Evans (pictured right) was announced as one of the five inductees for the 2012 class in the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Riverhead Raceway decided to honor the racing legend with a 61-lap NASCAR Modified Race. The 61 laps will, of course, be the race distance because of the number 61 that was Richie’s car number on his famous “big orange” race car. The event is scheduled to be contested in late August.
Anytime Richie’s “big orange” hauler pulled into the pit area of Long Island’s three race tracks—Freeport Stadium, Islip Speedway, and Riverhead Raceway—the fans knew they were going to be in for a treat and the local competitors knew it was time to step up their game. After all the racing was done Richie, a nine-time NASCAR National Modified champion, always found time to stay after the races to greet and socialize with his loyal Long Island fans, even if he had a race in upstate New York the following night.
Memphis Opens Oval Track for Testing
Memphis Motorsports Park hasn’t hosted a NASCAR race since 2009 and has had its doors closed since last year due to financial troubles. But that’s about to change. Now owned by Moroso Investment Partners—which closed the 2-million dollar deal for the facility in January of this year—and renamed it Memphis International Raceway, the dormant oval track is now open for testing.
The new ownership announced that the three-quarter mile asphalt oval track is finally ready for action once again after months of facility improvements. Moroso says that two of the facility’s three racetracks have received clearance to host racing events. Crews have scraped and ground the drag race track, installed and upgraded a computerized timing system and improved and painted the concession stands and restrooms.
The bad news is if you want access to the oval track, it’s going to cost you. Oval track rental prices start at $5,000 a day if you are bringing one to four race cars. If you have five to six cars on the track, the price goes up to $5,500.
NC Makes Stock Car Racing Its State Sport
Thanks to its rich history in the sport, the state of North Carolina has always been thought of as the home of stock car racing, but now it’s official. With the stroke of a pen at Charlotte Motor Speedway, North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed Senate Bill 322 into law, making stock car racing the official state sport.
Perdue was joined by a host of famous names from the sports to watch the bill signing ceremony, including NASCAR Hall of Famers Ned Jarrett and Bobby Allison, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan. But the most notable attendees may have been a group of fourth and fifth grade students from Lake Norman Elementary School and Mt. Mourne IB School in Iredell County, who originated the bill.
The students worked to get the legislation passed for more than a year by the state’s General Assembly. In proposing the legislation, the students pointed to motorsports’ $6 billion annual economic impact to North Carolina and noted that Charlotte, and the surrounding region is home to Charlotte Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and more than 90 percent of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. Businesses associated with the racing industry also employ nearly 20,000 people in the region.
North Carolina isn’t the only state with an official sport. There’s also Alaska (dog mushing), Colorado (snowboarding and skiing), Massachusetts (basketball), Minnesota (hockey) and Wyoming (Rodeo).
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