KNOXVILLE, IOWA (JULY 22, 2001) - The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce is excited to annouce that they are bringing back the Celebrity Autocross during this year's Amoco Ultimate Knoxville Nationals. The popular event will be held on Thursday, August 9, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the west side of the V.A. Central Iowa Health Care System Grounds. The Ottumwa Motorsports Club will be hosting the autocross, a timed single-car event run through a pylon-marked course, that will include twenty (20) nationally-known race drivers and local celebrities.

Drivers expected include brothers Tim and Troy Folkerts of IMCA Modifieds, mother Brenda Wickett and son Ron Inman of Figure- Eights, state representative Dave Schrader of IMCA Late Models, and father George Lasoski, son Danny Lasoski and nephew Brian Brown of Sprint Cars. In addition, sprint car racers Joey Saldana of Indiana, veteran Mike Brooks, Matt Moro, Larry Ball, Jr., and 20-year-old female Empire Super Sprints (ESS) competitor Erin Crocker of Massachusetts are expected to battle the clock.

Some of the media celebrities will include Mike Roberts of Hometown News and RaceTalk, announcer Tony Bokhoven of Knoxville Raceway, and Dan Deicher of KNIA/KRLS. Various central Iowa car clubs are expected to compete, including those relating to Corvettes and Mustangs. Celebrity drivers will be competing in cars furnished by Shell Valley Companies, producers of the 427 Cobra replica and fiberglass Jeep replacement bodies.

The public is welcome at this family-friendly event and they are invited to bring lawn chairs, although alcohol is not permitted on the premises. Parking will be limited, so fans are encouraged to ride the chamber-sponsored shuttle to the Marion County Park trolley stop and walk to the autocross from there. Sonic, "America's Favorite Drive-In", is one of the sponsors of this unique event.

-SCHOF