Thunder Bay Ice Race set for February, 2004

Halfway Motors Nissan Pro Am Ice Race Challenge set for February 27-29 THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - The Thunder Bay Autosport Club recently announced that a major motorsports Ice race will take place at Chippewa Park on the weekend of February...

Halfway Motors Nissan Pro Am Ice Race Challenge set for February 27-29

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - The Thunder Bay Autosport Club recently announced that a major motorsports Ice race will take place at Chippewa Park on the weekend of February 27-29, 2004. The event will be called the Halfway Motors Nissan Pro Am Ice Race Challenge, and it is expected to draw some of the biggest names in motorsport to the Thunder Bay area.

Invitations to the Pro Am have gone out to many of the country's top racing drivers. GM Racing Corvette driver Ron Fellows, is expected to attend with Matt Champagne, one of the top drivers from the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship. Champagne claimed the Bridgestone Academy F2000 championship in 2003 as a Sunoco Team Ultra 94 driver. Multimatic Motorsports driver Scott Maxwell, who has two class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is looking forward to the event. "I have never ice raced, but it should be a lot of fun. I am really looking forward to racing there," Maxwell said. Canadian driving legend, Bill Brack has confirmed his attendance. Many will know Brack from his STP Formula Atlantic days, and he is one of the few Canadians ever to compete in a Formula 1 race. Canadian Formula Ford sensation, Ashley Taws has accepted her invitation to compete. Taws is the first female to garner a pole position in a major Canadian event when she put her Barbie sponsored FF1600 on the pole at the Molson Indy Toronto.

The Canadian Stock car community will be well represented at the Pro Am. CASCAR drivers Robin Buck, along with the brother duo of Jeff and Jim Lapcevich will compete in the Pro Am. Jeff Lapcevich won both Molson Indy CASCAR events in 2003. Also coming from the stock car community will be two time Ontario Pro Challenge Series champion Dennis Thomson. Also representing the Ontario Pro Challenge Series will be International Truck and Engine Pontiac Grand Prix driver Ken Nicholson.

While many of the invitees are established stars of Canadian motorsport, some of the best up and coming Canadian stars have also been sent invitations. Barber Dodge Pro Series drivers Ward Imrie and Dan Di Leo have confirmed their attendance. Frank Launi, one of the newest members of Sunoco's Team Ultra 94, will join them.

There are also expected to be a few celebrities mixed in with the group of racers. Canadian recording artist Edwin has confirmed his invitation, and he is looking forward to the event. "This is a great way to promote Thunder Bay, and it is for a good cause, the Arthritis Society," Edwin said recently at a press launch in Thunder Bay.

Noted motorsport journalists will be getting in on the action also. Inside Track Motorsport News will send Inside Motorcycles Editor John Hopkins - who will be teamed up with Scott Maxwell - and Inside Track Motorsport News Editor Greg MacPherson. Rene Fagnan will represent the Quebec media, while Rob Howden from FormulaCar Magazine is also expected to compete.

The drivers will have two days of competition in both rubber to ice and studded class cars. The Grand finale, the Halfway Motors Nissan Pro Am Ice Race Challenge, is a hour and a half enduro scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

-www.iceracethunderbay.com

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