FF: Indiana Ford Focus Midget Series announced

USAC and Ford Racing announce Indiana Ford Focus Midgets Series for 2003 Indianapolis, Sept. 25, 2002 -- Officials of the United States Auto Club (USAC) and Ford Racing Technology have announced today the formation of the "Indiana USAC Ford...

USAC and Ford Racing announce Indiana Ford Focus Midgets Series for 2003

Indianapolis, Sept. 25, 2002 -- Officials of the United States Auto Club (USAC) and Ford Racing Technology have announced today the formation of the "Indiana USAC Ford Focus Midget Car Racing Series" for the 2003 racing season.

The series will consist of approximately 20 events held on a combination of dirt and paved racetracks in Indiana. The Indiana USAC Ford Focus Midget Car Racing Series joins the USAC Ford Focus Midget Car Racing Series presented by The Southern California Ford Dealers as the second region for the "USAC Focus Midgets" in the United States.

"There wasn't much debate where we'd expand the series to next," said Dan Davis, director, Ford Racing Technology. "With Indianapolis being the home of USAC, and the heart of Midget Racing in America, bringing the series to the region was natural."

The USAC Ford Focus Midget Car Series features USAC Midget cars powered by a "spec" Ford Focus 2.0L Zetec engine. The Ford Focus Zetec engine, the same one found in the world's best-selling car, the Ford Focus, is an affordable sealed spec engine, designed to bring new competitors to USAC Midget Car competition from quarter midgets, go karts, as well as other forms of local racing such as IMCA style modifieds and local track stock cars.

The Ford Focus Midget Car's 178 HP engine has mechanical fuel injection as well as an onboard starter and battery to eliminate the need for push trucks during USAC Ford Focus Midget Car Racing Series events. USAC competitors have enthusiastically praised the Ford engine package for its power, drivability and reliability in the first season of racing in Southern California.

"The USAC Focus Midget Series seems to have struck a cord with Midget Racing fans and industry insiders alike as a step in the right direction to making entry-level Midget Racing affordable to the masses," said Davis.

"This is an exciting extension of our current Ford Focus Midget Car program in California," said Rollie Helmling President and CEO of the United States Auto Club. "We envision this type of racing opening doors for many prospective future open-wheel racing stars and teams and offering an affordable avenue for drivers to hone their talents. We are very pleased with the progress of our western series in its formative year and look for this Indiana series to be extremely competitive."

For further information on Ford Focus Midget Car Racing or the Indiana Ford Focus Midget Car Racing Series, contact the United States Auto Club, 317-247-5151.

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