FRED RAHMER LATEST BIG NAME TO TAKE STAB AT ATLANTIC CITY INDOOR RACE
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ ~ Add Fred Rahmer to the list of short-track titans who will take a stab at the Atlantic City Indoor Race.
Rahmer, one of the Northeast's best Sprint Car drivers ever, will race a TQ Midget in the historic return of indoor competition to Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, January 18.
"I've never run a TQ Midget before and I've never raced on an indoor [concrete] track," said Rahmer, who was the Northeast's winningest short-track driver in 1998. "But I'm anxious to give it a try. It looks like it'll be a fun deal."
Rahmer, 44, of Salfordville, Pa., is set to drive a Lindblad car owned by David Rodgers of Ransomville, N.Y. Rodgers, who lives just 300 yards from the gates of the dirt-surfaced Ransomville Speedway, will also field a TQ Midget in Atlantic City for his son Jesse, an upstart 23-year-old racer who ran regularly in 2002 at western New York's Lancaster and Wyoming County speedways.
The elder Rodgers is a big supporter of Three-Quarter Midget racing through his website www.rodgersracing.com, which promotes drivers from the Niagara Frontier. Ironically, Rodgers once lived just outside Downington, Pa., a town that isn't all that far from Rahmer's residence. Rodgers will drive through his old stomping grounds this weekend when he hauls his second Midget south to drop off at Rahmer's shop on Saturday morning.
In between helping his Joe Harz Racing crew ready their Sprint Car equipment for the upcoming Speed Week activities in Florida, Rahmer will go over Rodgers' machine in preparation for next weekend's seaside spectacular.
With the entry list cut off by event officials on Dec. 31, Rahmer sits as one of 101 entries ready for the first indoor race at Boardwalk Hall since 1981.
Rahmer certainly isn't the only well-traveled driver from another division who will attempt to find TQ Midget glory in Atlantic City. Others include asphalt Modified star Ted Christopher, DIRT Modified standout Tim McCreadie, Supermodifed regulars Lou Cicconi Jr., Joey Payne, Johnny Payne, Greg Furlong and J. Scott Martel, Sprint Car racers Curt Michael and Trevor Lewis, Midget veterans Phil DiMario and Michael Roselli Jr. and USAR Hooters ProCup competitor Danny Sammons.
The invaders will find tough sledding against a host of tough TQ and 600cc Micro-Sprint stalwarts. ATQMRA champion Don Adams, Wall Township Speedway titlist Mike Tidaback, Can-Am Midget Series champ Adam Walsh, Lancaster TQ champion Colin Turnbull, prolific Micro feature winner Randy West; and well-known Micro builder and driver Mike Dicely are among those entered.
A limited number of reserved seats--all of which are located in the lower section of the Hall's balcony--are still available at all Ticketmaster locations, through ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-736-1420 or at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office. Plenty of general admission seats remain and can be purchased in advance or on raceday.
Event officials will have tickets available for purchase at the A.C. Indoor Race display during this weekend's Motorsports 2003 show at the Fort Washington (Pa.) Expo Center.
Weekend activities at Boardwalk Hall will begin Fri., Jan. 17, with an open practice session. Time trials for the TQ Midgets will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by Legends Car heat races and the TQ E-Main. Following a dinner break, the evening portion of the program will commence at 7:30 with heat action for the top-36 time-trialers. A succession of D-, C- and B-Mains will then set the stage for the 40-lap TQ feature paying $2,000 to win.