USAC, UMARA, WOWMS MIDGETS TEAM UP IN 2006 The United States Auto Club, United Midget Auto Racing Association (UMARA) and Wolverine Outlaw Winged Midget Series (WOWMS), as strategic partners in the growth of pavement Midget...
USAC, UMARA, WOWMS MIDGETS TEAM UP IN 2006
The United States Auto Club, United Midget Auto Racing Association (UMARA) and Wolverine Outlaw Winged Midget Series (WOWMS), as strategic partners in the growth of pavement Midget racing, will co-sanction several events during the 2006 racing season.
Seven of the 2006 races will carry all three sanctions, while the July 21-22 USAC National event at the Milwaukee Mile in Wisconsin carries the sanction of USAC and UMARA.
Events in the 2006 USAC Regional Midget Car Series which will offer points toward all three sanctioning body championships will occur at Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Ill., Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, Mansfield (OH) Motorsports Speedway, Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich. and South Bend (Ind.) Motor Speedway.
"We are pleased to offer race fans the best of both series," offers Don Kenyon, who is organizing the 2006 USAC Regional Series. "These events should create exceptional car counts and great competition."
The first "triple" co-sanctioned event unfolds April 29 at Mansfield's 1/2-mile paved oval, while the June 3 50-lapper at the 1/3-mile paved Morris oval salutes 7-time USAC National Midget Champion Mel Kenyon, Don's brother. Mel owns an all-time record 111 USAC National feature victories. A July 8 race at Morris will take place on the same weekend as the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway. The August 19 Morris event is the Illinois State Championship program.
The August 2 race at Anderson Speedway is the same weekend as the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. South Bend Motor Speedway will host a June 14 date, while Berlin Raceway will showcase all three series in its September 30 program.
Steve Thinnes, President of UMARA and 4-time driving champion, is enthusiastic about the opportunities for his participants presented by this new affiliation. "We expect these events to serve as keystone races for our series and they should offer added exposure for our drivers and car owners as they compete against USAC's best. We anticipate some of the most competitive racing of 2006 to come from these eight races and look forward to a long-lasting future relationship with USAC and its participants."
Robert Snyder, President of WOWMS, added: "It's very exciting to be part of this effort to augment the presence of pavement Midget racing for the many devoted Midget race fans. We look forward to a productive and successful 2006 racing season."
"We are extremely excited about this co-sanction and the benefits it offers our race fans," said USAC President Rollie Helmling. "The new Regional pavement tire rule whereby all sanctioning bodies will be utilizing the same Hoosier Racing Tire, creates a level playing field and should create some exciting racing."
Eric Bunn, the USAC Regional Series coordinator, stated: "The co-sanction agreement with UMARA, WOWMS and USAC is good for Midget Car racing. It broadens the competition for all of our competitors and gives the Midget race fan more races to enjoy."