2004 to see changes

The United States Auto Club is initiating a project to expand the capabilities of the Weld Racing Silver Crown Series to larger Speedways. With the current success of the Silver Crown cars on one mile paved tracks, it...

The United States Auto Club is initiating a project to expand the capabilities of the Weld Racing Silver Crown Series to larger Speedways.

With the current success of the Silver Crown cars on one mile paved tracks, it has been determined that it is time to explore the possibilities of the series moving to some of the Nation's finest Super Speedways. Several of the leading tracks over one mile and up to two miles in length have expressed a desire for the USAC Silver Crown Series to become safely compatible to compete on the larger tracks and to be able to join the various Indy Racing League and NASCAR Series in more of their events.

USAC has commissioned Riley and Scott Engineering to develop a prototype chassis which would be a derivative of the existing pavement Silver Crown chassis. Current chassis constructors will be advised and consulted in the development and rules changes will be developed for their use. The parameter of the new chassis will utilize as many existing components as possible while stressing additional safety standards and continuing to recognize that the current owner/mechanic function remains very "user friendly." The new chassis design will maintain the conventional front engine position, a tube frame and solid axles. The return on investment from racing in these events is not expected to change.

USAC anticipates testing to begin in the spring of 2004. The project will be under the direction of USAC Vice President and Director of Competition Mike Devin, who has devoted his entire career to Indy Car and Open Wheel Racing. Expansion of the Weld Racing Silver Crown Series to these new venues and events will offer significantly increased exposure to the series and its participants. This will also provide the opportunity for USAC drivers to gain valuable experience racing on Super Speedways, which is currently not available to them.

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