ASA MEMBER TRACK PROGRAM RACES INTO COLORADO WITH I-25 SPEEDWAY DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 16, 2007) -- The ASA Member Track program continues their expansion with the announcement that I-25 Speedway in Pueblo, Colo., has joined as a Level...
ASA MEMBER TRACK PROGRAM RACES INTO COLORADO WITH I-25 SPEEDWAY
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 16, 2007) -- The ASA Member Track program continues their expansion with the announcement that I-25 Speedway in Pueblo, Colo., has joined as a Level I partner, the first for the organization in the state of Colorado.
The quarter-mile track is currently undergoing a major facelift and being completely reconfigured in advance of this season's anticipated May 12 opening. Billed as the "Fastest Paved Quarter-Mile Oval in the West," the new design may well allow it to once again become the fastest quarter-mile racetrack in the world, a title it held for many years.
"We are completely reconfiguring I-25 Speedway," said Perry White, managing partner and co-owner of the facility with his brother Randel. "We are changing the banking in the turns and making it parabolic. This means that it will have progressive banking which is flatter on the bottom and curves up to 23 degrees at the top which will be the fastest way around the track. Basically, we are making a mini-Bristol," White added in a reference to the famous Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The straights will become banked at nine degrees, up from the current six degrees.
White said that the track has been completely milled by a laser-leveling machine which stopped every two feet to make any necessary adjustments. The track is scheduled to be re-paved but weather has postponed the start date.
"This project is being done right from the very start using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. It has been 16 years since I-25 Speedway was last paved so it was pretty much needed. Once the project is completed it will definitely be one of the premier racing surfaces," White explained.
The regular Saturday night program features a mix of Late Models, Grand American Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stock, Mini Stock, Hornets and Figure 8 cars. Traveling series include Legends and two visits by the Midgets which, according to White, should be extremely popular with the fans as they have not raced on the track since the early 1990s. The 2007 schedule, news and other information about I-25 Speedway can be easily found online at www.I25speedway.com.
"Perry and Randel (White) have owned I-25 Speedway for five years now and it is amazing to see how far they have come in that time," said Dennis Huth, president of the ASA Member Track, Regional and National Racing programs. "They care for their racers and fans and it shows each week in the car counts and the stands. They spare no expense in improving their racetrack as evidenced by the way they are going about the repaving project. It will be incredible to see the track once it is finished with that huge banking on a quarter-mile oval. I can't wait to see it in action and there is no doubt that I-25 Speedway is going to provide a lot of the exciting short track racing that ASA has become known for. The Whites and I-25 Speedway are very welcome additions to the ASA family."
White said that last year the racetrack experienced tremendous growth with excellent car counts, an unmatched level of enthusiasm, and a 28 percent increase in attendance through June when weather issues abruptly closed the facility for four consecutive weekends. He anticipates that the ASA membership will help to continue the trend into 2007.
"The ASA Member Track program will bring a lot of national recognition to I-25 Speedway and our competitors," he said. "We have never had a sanctioning body attached to our racetrack before, and I think that the ASA will help to get some of our talented drivers showcased on a national level. The national scope of the ASA should also help us to obtain local sponsorship We have been told already by a number of people that this is a wonderful move for us."
"Another big reason is the insurance which is second to none. My brother and I always want to take care of our drivers. We know that without them we have no show and it is a priority to give them the best possible insurance. The ASA program certainly fills that need for us," White added.