RACE: NASA: ASC/PT Arizona preview

Richmond, CA. April 7, 2003. With less than a week remaining before Round 3 of the "ASC/PT Wars", the National AutoSport Association (NASA) which sanctions both series', reports that the ASC entry list is seeing a few new names. As the series ...

Richmond, CA. April 7, 2003. With less than a week remaining before Round 3 of the "ASC/PT Wars", the National AutoSport Association (NASA) which sanctions both series', reports that the ASC entry list is seeing a few new names. As the series travels for the first time to the newly built Arizona Motorsports Park, Team Arizona which fields the single largest roster of ASC drivers will finally have an ASC race in their own backyard. April 12 and 13th should prove to be a weekend full of ground shaking excitement as these V8 powered purpose-built racers rocket down the straightaways and through the turns of this 2.25 mile twisty road racing circuit.

For most of the year, Team Arizona has shown their support of the series by making the long trek to California which hosts most of the ASC races. And in a gesture of thanks to Team Arizona, many California teams are planning to make the trek to this neighboring state. "Their presence at the California races has helped the ASC Series grow strong, and it's our turn to show them our appreciation for their efforts" says Justin Sallows who drives for Realride.com Racing, a Los Angeles, CA based team.

Because the track was only recently completed, many teams feel that there is no real "home court" advantage as few, if any, of the ASC drivers, have even turned a wheel at this facility. Speculation on setup and gear ratios has become ever more important for many of the teams as even series points leader Dave Arnheiter (Los Alamitos, CA) was unsuccessful in trying to arrange a Friday test day by renting time from a club that had reserved the facility.

For rookie ASC drivers like Tom Taber (Ventura, CA), this will be a perfect opportunity to earn their wings in this highly competitive series. Taber, who previously raced a GT3S prepared 911 in various Porsche clubs, recently purchased his ASC car and completed his first test day at Buttonwillow Raceway. "These cars are surprisingly forgiving and have incredible torque compared to my rear engined Porsche" says Taber. For his first ASC race, Taber enlisted help from Realride.com Racing's Tim Spencer and Sean Murray.

As a testament to the close racing that the ASC and PT series' both are known for, ProTruck added this event to their schedule in the last minute. Many of the PT teams are scrambling to make this event and the PT entry list appears to be growing daily. For Arizona race fans, the weekend of April 12th and 13th is not to be missed as the "ASC/PT Wars" are known for putting on the best show around. Arizona race fans will also get to see ASC cars up close at the Phoenix GrandAm race the following weekend as Team Arizona will have several ASC cars on display in the paddock.

For more information about the ASC series, visit the official website at: ascracing.com

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