Knoxville ToC announces Aussie drivers invite

Exclusive Aussie Invite To Annual Brodix Tournament of Champions KNOXVILLE, IOWA (Friday, October 22, 2004) - Five Australian drivers will earn eligibility to participate in the invitation-only 2005 Brodix Tournament of Champions to be run at...

Exclusive Aussie Invite To Annual Brodix Tournament of Champions

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (Friday, October 22, 2004) - Five Australian drivers will earn eligibility to participate in the invitation-only 2005 Brodix Tournament of Champions to be run at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway next August. Previously open only to the top 360-cubic-inch Sprintcar drivers from various sanctioning bodies from across North America, the Sunday, August 7th Brodix ToC will now welcome the Australian qualifiers who will be officially sanctioned by, and represent, their national body, the Sprintcar Control Council of Australia (SCCA).

Invitations to compete will be issued to the top five drivers on overall aggregate from a series of 360 c.i. Sprintcar races to be held at Victoria's two major speedway venues, Geelong's Avalon International Raceway and Warrnambool's Premier Speedway. The seven-round series, in which only the five best results count towards the Brodix ToC pointscore, includes compulsory attendance at two designated rounds.

Jeff Drew and Rob Harris, representing the promotions at Avalon and Premier respectively, expressed their firm support for the series which they both see as a natural extension of the interchange of drivers between Australia and the United States as well as cementing an existing relationship with Knoxville Raceway. Harris said, "We already have the annual Clean-O (formerly Kele) World Challenge qualifier race at Warrnambool in January which is for 'open' Sprintcar drivers. Our committee is completely behind the ToC concept to offer international opportunities to drivers in 360 c.i. Sprintcars."

Meanwhile Drew explained, "Now that the KIDD (Knoxville International Driver Development) program has concluded after three years, we believe the Brodix Tournament of Champions Qualifying Series will replace that by offering an unprecedented chance to represent Australia overseas. It also creates a link between 360 c.i. racing in both countries and provides a real incentive for younger drivers wanting an entry level introduction into Sprintcar racing in Australia."

In addition to the prestige attached to being one of the five drivers issued an invitation, both venues have agreed to offer assistance to the winner of the inaugural series, details of which will be released once sponsorship negotiations have concluded.

The half-mile Marion County Fairgrounds dirt tack in Iowa will host the $10,000-to-win Knoxville 360 c.i. Nationals on Thursday-Friday, August 4-5, 2005, which will be televised on the Speed Channel. On Saturday, August 6, the track will host their weekly 410 c.i. winged sprint car division, as well as the Casey's Night before the 360 Tournament invitational program. The Brodix Tournament of Champions invitational, featuring the best of the best winged 360 c.i. drivers in the world, will involve a record 18 sanctions competing under one set of ASCS-compatible technical rules.

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