1. Future Stars in Racing Becomes Exclusive Driver Training Academy for the ASA Late Model Series.
Charlotte, North Carolina (01/08/2007): Future Stars in Racing Academy will help drivers in the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts achieve their dreams for success in racing. Joining ASALMS for the 2007 season as the Series' exclusive Official Training and Development Academy, Future Stars Academy trains drivers in the skills needed off-track to enhance their careers. Web-based "webinars" combined with assignments to be completed, public appearances and feedback to mold drivers into potential stars.
Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Future Stars in Racing was founded by Rolfe Schnur. "Ron and Sandy Varney have done an incredible job creating a touring series that creates awareness for driving talent", stated Future Stars CEO/President Rolfe Schnur.
"We feel that the ASALMS and Future Stars Academy are natural partners to develop drivers skill both on and off the race track. We are proud to have been selected as the Official Training and Development Academy of ASALMS and look forward to a rewarding relationship that helps develop ASALMS competitors into well rounded and marketable drivers".
Schnur will attend the ASALMS Awards Banquet and ASALMS Drivers/Owners Meeting on January 20, 2007 at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky to introduce the Academy to drivers and sponsors in the Series. "The Future Stars in Racing Academy and the ASA Late Model Series is a natural fit, we help develop the driving skills and Future Stars helps develop their marketing and PR skills." Commented Ron Varney Jr., Co-Founder/President of the ASA Late Model Series.
"When Rolfe and Charles approached me at the P.R.I. show in December it didn't take a lot of convincing on their part for us to get involved. This is a great and much needed program for young upcoming drivers looking to further their racing career's. We look forward to a long and beneficial relationship with the Future Stars in Racing Academy," continued Varney.
2. Derek Thorn to compete for the 2007 Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year Championship in the ASA Late Model Series Challenge Division.
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin (01/08/2007): Every year since the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts inaugural season as the USPRO Cup Series in 2003, a fresh new crop of Rookie title contenders emerge as the newest stars of the ASALMS. That fact multiplied by three in 2006 with the addition of the ASALMS Northern and Southern Divisions.
In the crown jewel of the ASALMS, the Challenge Division's history, two Rookies have captures the ASALMS Challenge Division Championship as well as the Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year title the same season. Bobby Stremme did it in 2004 and Kelly Bires just accomplished that feat last season.
With the 2007 season on the horizon, a fresh new crop of Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year Championship title contenders are beginning to emerge and one driver has officially thrown his hat into the ring with regards to both titles.
Lakeport, California pilot, Derek Thorn, has signed on with 5K Motorsports for the 2007 season! The 5K Motorsports team, led by Car Owner, Ken Wills, new Crew Chief Paul Christman and Car Chief Kenny Holz will focus primarily on the ASALMS Challenge Division and will run for the ASALMS Challenge Division Championship as well as the 2007 Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year title. In addition, the 5K Team with Thorn behind the wheel, also plans on select events within the ASALMS Northern Division.
Since signing on with 5K Motorsports for the upcoming 2007 season, the 20-year-old Californian has relocated to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin and now works at the 3,000 Square Foot 5K Motorsports shop in West Bend, Wisconsin.
"I feel going to 5K Motorsports was a great decision that will benefit both the team and I. Ken Wills and the entire 5K crew are great people to work with." Stated Thorn as he looks ahead to the 2007 season. "I feel this combination will allow us to run for the Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year title and be a strong contender for the Overall Championship." He added.
3. 16-year-old Dalton Zehr to return to the ASA Late Model Series Southern Division for the 2007 season with an eye on the Championship!
Port Orange, Florida (01/08/2007): The Fifth Anniversary 2007 Season in the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts is expected to be the most highly anticipated in the entire United States! All three divisions within the ASALMS are preparing for the 2006 ASALMS Awards Banquet as well as the 2007 ASALMS Drivers/Owners Meetings coming up on Saturday January 20, 2007 at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
The talented crop of future super stars in the ASALMS Southern Division are gearing up for their second season of ASALMS competition. The Top Seven in the final 2006 ASALMS Southern Division were all rookies in 2006 and are all preparing for what will be an exciting 2007 year for all seven pilots. All of them now have a year under their belts and look forward to improving from their freshmen seasons.
One driver who can't wait for the 2007 season to get going is the ASALMS Southern Division Overall and Rookie of the Year Runner-Up, Dalton Zehr! For the 2007 season, Zehr will run the full season in the ASALMS Southern Division. He will also be doing some dirt modified and late model stock car racing for Circle Track Magazine. In addition, Zehr is a sophomore this year and he is currently home schooled through an online program so that he has time to travel with his racing.
Zehr's 2007 season will get started with the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing during 2007 Speedweeks at the New Smyrna (FL) Speedway. The Port Orange, Florida teenager will run for the 2007 Speedweeks Championship in the Crate Late Models division at the fast 0.500 Mile High-Banked Paved Oval in New Smyrna, Florida by racing in the marathon eight races in eight nights chase.
"2006 was a great year for us. It was an excellent start up year and we learned a lot. We hope to use that knowledge in the next season." Stated Zehr as he re-shifts his focus towards the 2007 season. "2007 is going to be very competitive; the series is attracting a lot of talented drivers this season. I'm looking forward to the challenge and I hope to be a contender for the points this year. The Coleman Racing Products #119 car has never been better and I think we have a great shot at the championship." Predicted the 16-year-old.