NEW SERIES RECEIVES WARM WELCOME Halifax, NS (March 8) - The formation of the International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) has received a warm welcome by racers, race-fans, and the corporate community. Less than four months after the announcement...
NEW SERIES RECEIVES WARM WELCOME
Halifax, NS (March 8) - The formation of the International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) has received a warm welcome by racers, race-fans, and the corporate community. Less than four months after the announcement of the six race series, and only two months since promotional efforts have been in full swing, there are more than 30 teams indicating they'll run the lucrative series and several companies have realized the marketing opportunities by showing their support with sponsorship involvement.
"We continue to be overwhelmed by the reception we're getting," said Basil Gordon, manager of Scotia Speedworld, a 1/3-mile D-shaped oval in Halifax, Nova Scotia, host of three '99 IPSC events. "We've never been this far ahead with our special events. All three races have been named and we already have a couple of contingency programs spoken for.
"The excitement is spilling over to the racers and race fans, too," continued Gordon. "We're looking at about a 50/50 split between American and Canadian racer participation. We have recently had commitments from racing legends Bill Zardo and Derek Lynch from Ontario, and Mike Rowe from Maine.
You can directly attribute the interest level of the racers to the combined half million in posted purse monies up for grabs in just six races. This series is being touted as among the top five for pro stock cars in North America.
"We were in Florida last month at the World Series of Asphalt Racing (New Smyrna Speedway) and were simply amazed at the recognition we've gained in just a few months. Fans from different parts of the U.S. were asking us how to get here and said they were planning to take in some of our racing."
The field at New Smyrna Speedway was the "cream of the crop" and Nova Scotia's own Scott Fraser from Subenacadie was the man to beat all week, winning two feature races in a Dodge fielded by Pictou's Rollie MacDonald. Both Fraser and MacDonald have indicated they will run the IPSC this year.
Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine, host of one of the most recognized short track races in the United States, the Oxford 250, is co-promoting the IPSC with Scotia Speedworld.
Halifax races are the Forbes Chev. Olds. 150 on June 26th, the Copenhagen, Inc. 150 on July 24th, and the Atlantic CAT 150 on August 28th.
The series kicks off at Oxford on May 22nd with the New England Dodge Dealers 100, resumes July 4th with the True Value Oxford 250, and wraps up September 11th with the Coca-Cola 150.
"We should be in the position in the next few weeks to announce details on some of our contingency programs - with criteria directly contributing to some very exciting qualifying procedures," added Gordon.
Scotia Speedworld is located across from the Halifax (NS) International Airport on Highway 102, (902) 481-2514. Oxford Plains Speedway is located on Route 26 in Oxford, Maine, (207) 539-8865.