Intermountain Pro-4 Challenge Series To Run Under ASA Banner in 2005 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2005) -- First year touring series, the Intermountain Pro-4 Challenge Series, has signed an agreement to compete in 2005 under the banner of the...
Intermountain Pro-4 Challenge Series To Run Under ASA Banner in 2005
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2005) -- First year touring series, the Intermountain Pro-4 Challenge Series, has signed an agreement to compete in 2005 under the banner of the ASA Racing Member Track program according to officials.
The new series is the brainchild of Todd LaBronte and Steve Casteel who were instrumental in completing the partnership between the Utah and Idaho factions of Pro-4 cars which now make up the ASA Intermountain Pro-4 Challenge Series. They will compete in a 13-race schedule commencing on April 16 at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho.
"We started out running informal club races that were successful in getting as many as 40 cars, but we still felt that we were missing something," stated series race director LaBronte. "The two groups together did not have a cohesive rules package, consistent prize purses, or a solid insurance package. Now partnered as the ASA Intermountain Pro-4 Challenge Series we have all these things, and more."
The ASA Intermountain Pro-4 Challenge Series cars are unique in many ways as compared to the more expensive Late Model counterparts. These cars run four-cylinder engines that typically generate 220 to 250 horsepower at a maximum of 2550 cubic centimeters.
"One thing that sets us apart is that teams are not limited to specific powerplants," LaBronte said. "Our cars allow for a lot of experimentation and basically you can try whatever you like as long as it falls within our rules. We have guys running everything from Ford motors to Volkswagen and even Mazda rotary engines."
According to LaBronte, the Pro-4 cars are one of the fastest growing classes in the western United States. In 1996 he said that there were 15 cars split between Utah and Idaho; that number is more than 40 today. Information on the ASA Intermountain Pro-4 Challenge Series, including their complete schedule, can be found online at www.IP4CS.com or by telephoning (208) 870-2710.
"We really feel that this class could represent the future of racing," LaBronte said. "There are no more V-8, rear-wheel drive cars being made anymore so fans cannot relate to the Late Models. But the future of short track racing is to bring the kids in with their Honda, Mitsubishi and Suzuki cars. The Pro-4's are an affordable alternative to the Late Models."
LaBronte indicated that without the assistance of Dennis Huth, owner of the ASA Racing Member Track program, he and Casteel would likely be struggling with more issues during this initial startup of the new series.
"The ASA program brings us stability, publicity, and direction as we plan for the future," LaBronte explained. "Dennis' 30 years of experience is a great way for us to learn. He has been a great sounding board for us to run ideas by as we want to provide the best show we can for the dollar. The guy is a genius to me -- with his help how can we go wrong?"
"I think that what Todd (LaBronte) and Steve (Casteel) are trying to do is an outstanding step in the right direction," Huth commented. "They are uniting a couple of groups of similar cars to compete with a consistent rules package. Once the ball gets rolling I think you will see other local track Pro-4 cars join in and their tour should expand throughout the West Coast region and to the east as well when word gets out on this economical form of racing."
The long term goal is to develop this series and rules package for all the ASA Racing Member Tracks, eventually uniting all Pro-4 cars with a unified base for competition.
Racing Speed Associates is now the owner of the ASA Racing Member Track program, and as a participant the ASA Intermountain Pro-4 Challenge Series is eligible to receive marketing assistance, enhanced participant accident insurance, and will be part of a national network of racetracks and touring series.
"ASA also brings some very important things to the table that we cannot get elsewhere," LaBronte explained. "At every track we run we have the same excellent insurance package. This gives us peace of mind as at some tracks the insurance policy was good, while at others it was definitely lacking.
"Also, by being under the ASA program, we can bring everyone together under one membership. In the past, the teams would have to buy multiple memberships depending on any affiliation that the racetrack may have. That is all eliminated now," LaBronte said.
LaBronte also wanted to call out to Meridian (Idaho) Speedway with thanks for their part in developing this series.
"We have had great support from our local track Meridian Speedway and Davey Hamilton (general manager). We could not do the tour without their support. We started out racing there and are proud that they will be on the schedule for four races this season," LaBronte said. Meridian Speedway is also an ASA Racing Member Track.
To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based Racing Speed Associates or the ASA Racing Member Track program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. A new Web site is currently under development and should be available within the next couple of weeks.