2006 schedule announced

2006 SILVER CROWN SLATE RELEASED PAVEMENT RACES REFLECT SIGNIFICANT PURSE INCREASES The racing debut of the brand-new pavement Silver Crown car, which has undergone extensive testing at existing series venues as well as new venues...

2006 SILVER CROWN SLATE RELEASED
PAVEMENT RACES REFLECT SIGNIFICANT PURSE INCREASES

The racing debut of the brand-new pavement Silver Crown car, which has undergone extensive testing at existing series venues as well as new venues involved in the 2006 series expansion, is scheduled January 21-22 as part of Phoenix International Raceway's annual "Copper World Classic." The event kicks off an expanded slate of races, announced today by the United States Auto Club, offering unprecedented prize money for USAC Silver Crown Championship participants.

Series expansion has resulted in accelerated purse structures and unprecedented exposure, with events occurring on "major" race weekends in major market areas.

Pavement purse structures in 2006 will reflect significant increases, including the $150,000 purse for most 1.5-mile ovals, based on 36-car, 100-mile race starting fields which will result in $25,000 first-place prizes and a minimum of $2,200 in prize money for all starters. "Top-15" finishers in these events will be racing for $3,000 in prizes or more.

Purses for "existing" Silver Crown pavement venues have been increased by a minimum of $10,000. None of these stated purse figures include posted accessory or other additional awards.

Brand-new venues joining the 2006 Silver Crown slate include Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida (March 25-26), Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky. (June 16), Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. (July 9), Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa (July 16), and Kansas Speedway near Kansas City (Sept. 30). The Chicagoland and Kansas events will be held in conjunction with NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series weekends, while the Kentucky race is in conjunction with a NASCAR Busch Series race and the Homestead-Miami race will complement the Indy Racing League weekend. The event at the new Iowa Speedway is part of that track's debut weekend also featuring the ARCA Remax Stock Car Series.

"It has been extremely gratifying to be able to assemble a schedule representative of the caliber of competition this series offers," stated USAC President/CEO Rollie Helmling. 'Our target for the new pavement car has been realized with the expanded opportunities this schedule presents for our participants. We look forward to these new challenges and the exciting competition which these new cars will generate."

All events in the 2006 USAC Silver Crown Championship Series are slated for television coverage on The Outdoor Channel.

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