USPRO statement October 7, 2003 The USPRO Cup series has announced they impounded 5 race engines after the Tri-City "75" race. The series which was built on the crate engine package has stated the reason for impounding these engines was two ...
October 7, 2003
The USPRO Cup series has announced they impounded 5 race engines after the Tri-City "75" race. The series which was built on the crate engine package has stated the reason for impounding these engines was two fold; To inspect the engines for illegal parts and to provide insight into the overall performance of each engine package submitted by the manufacturers.
"We wanted to make this press statement so other racers didn't think we took these peoples engines because we thought they were cheating, Ron Varney the President of USPRO stated. This is not the case. We selected the fastest cars we had in the series and wanted to perform an inspection of the engine and carburetor. Not only are we looking for illegal parts but also dyno testing each engine to gather data for the series as well as for GM and Ford engineers. The outcome of the dyno tests will play a crucial part in the future development and change to each manufacturer's crate engine program."
The 5 race engines included USPRO Series Champion Mark Kortz, Series Rookie of the year Mike Carter, Tri-City race winner Bob Varney, previous winner and 2nd place finisher Robbie Johnson and by random selection from the rest of the field, Rob Buckley. The engines were impounded after the race along with all racers carburetors. Fuel samples will be checked by taking the gas from inside the carburetor bowl and then the carburetors will be inspected for any rules violations. Each engine will be dyno'ed and the team owner or crew chief and driver invited to observe the dyno test of their engine. Also on hand at each dyno run will be factory officials/engineers from both Ford and GM.
"This entire process is being supported by Ford and GM. Together with USPRO it is our job to fairly and aggressively protect the integrity of the crate engine program. GM and FORD are a very important part of our series and behind us 100 % on this tech procedure, Varney said. Penalties for illegal parts on the engine will result in that engine being confiscated by the series. It also will result in that driver/team owner losing any and all points and being banned from any future ASA / USPRO events. In the event of a carburetor being found to be illegal, the carburetor will be confiscated and the effected driver/team owner docked points as well as face suspension and fines. I cannot state to everyone enough that we will tolerate no cheating in this series and warned all of our teams at the start of this series to expect some severe penalties if they are caught. Hopefully everything will be straight and the engines, fuel and carburetors test out fine." Varney added.
An independent engine builder was brought in to handle the complete testing and tear down of each engine. The engine builder is also not affiliated with any racer or manufacturer so as to better give an unbiased professional opinion to the series officials as to his findings. The testing and subsequent inspections will take two weeks to complete and a further press statement will be issued by USPRO Cup once it is completed.