IPSC: Koszkulics set to return to action

HALIFAX, N.S. (April 18) - A familiar name will return to the ovals of the Maritime Provinces this summer when New Glasgow, N.S.'s George Koszkulics climbs back behind the wheel of his No. 6 race car. Koszkulics, a long-time fixture and many-time...

HALIFAX, N.S. (April 18) - A familiar name will return to the ovals of the Maritime Provinces this summer when New Glasgow, N.S.'s George Koszkulics climbs back behind the wheel of his No. 6 race car. Koszkulics, a long-time fixture and many-time winner in the pro stock ranks is expected to be a contender at each and every event on the Carquest Pro Stock Tour.

"We're pretty pumped up," said Koszkulics, who last full year of competition was 1999. "We've been helping the other guys, but it's not the same."

Koszkulics says news of the formation of the Carquest Pro Stock Tour last fall prompted him to get his parts off the shelf and back on a car.

"This series is definitely good for racing in the Maritimes," said Koszkulics. "It's not only good for the fans but also for the teams. From what we hear, any given race should see 12-15 cars that could win. That will be exciting for everyone."

Although he was behind the wheel only once in 2000, Koszkulics has been far from idle in the racing world. He spent the majority of the 2000 season and early 2001 helping prepare the American Speed Association (ASA) car owned by Pictou's Rollie MacDonald and driven by Shubenacadie's Scott Fraser. Koszkulics has travelled to many of the ASA events in the U.S. and been a key player in the Fraser pit crew.

Koszkulics also went to Florida with fellow-racer, Donald Chisholm (Antigonish, N.S.), this past February, again helping with the race car.

"We were looking at some numbers the other night," said Koszkulics, "And we figured we've got almost a full season of racing under our belt already this year. We did three with Scott (Fraser) and six or seven with Donald (Chisholm). Normally, we're lucky to get to 10 or 12 races in a year."

Does Koszkulics feel he learned anything being around different leagues and racers?

"We learned a few things," said Koszkulics. "But the biggest thing the experience has reminded us of is that the basics are the same no matter where you race. We've got new guys on the team and are looking forward to a good year."

Koszkulics will run a chassis built by Fraser in 1996 - the same one Koszkulics has amassed several wins in - the most memorable of which came in '96 when Koszkulics won a race in PEI beating Canadian short track legend Junior Hanley to the checkers.

Koszkulics has picked up limited sponsorship but is still out knocking on doors looking for what he needs to make the season a success.

"We've had pretty good response," said Koszkulics. "We are still working on getting some finalized though, and we definitely still have room on the car for more."

The first of 12 events on the 2001 Carquest Pro Stock Tour is set for May 12 at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax, N.S.

-www.maritimeprostocktour.com.

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