FF: MW: Series to expand in 2006

USAC ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF THE USAC MIDWEST FORD FOCUS MIDGET SERIES FOR 2006 RACING SEASON INDIANAPOLIS -- USAC Ford Focus Series officials have announced that the Midwest Ford Focus Series will expand to include both a Dirt Series...

USAC ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF THE USAC MIDWEST FORD FOCUS MIDGET SERIES FOR 2006 RACING SEASON

INDIANAPOLIS -- USAC Ford Focus Series officials have announced that the Midwest Ford Focus Series will expand to include both a Dirt Series and Pavement Series Championship beginning with the 2006 racing season. This expansion is designed to meet the needs of Focus Series competitors and an increased demand from race organizers for Midwest Ford Focus Series dates.

The USAC Western States Ford Focus Series successfully competed for a Dirt Series Champion and a Pavement Series Champion during the current season.

"Based on the success we've had with this format in California, as well as the input we have had from our competitors, we felt it is time to run the two series here in the Midwest," said Mike Devin, USAC VP and Director of Competition. "Our competitors now have the opportunity to choose to competitively race for a Dirt Championship, a Pavement Championship or both, based on their goals and budget."

Focus officials and car constructors have had numerous inquiries from drivers and owners ready to graduate from Quarter Midgets and Go-Karts, expressing a desire to compete in the Focus Division on the surface they have raced on throughout their careers.

"Each year there is an increase demand for Midwest Ford Focus Series race dates from the race organizers and there is a finite number of dates available due to school requirements and potential weather challenges," said Eric Bunn, USAC's Ford Focus Series National Coordinator. "By going to the Dirt and Pavement Series, we can meet the demand for race dates and help our competitors by relieving the pressure of having to change over their cars from dirt to pavement overnight to race for points. Certainly racers will continue to do this, but now it will be by choice, not necessity."

USAC is currently scheduling races for both series for the 2006 racing season.

"We will not be scheduling dirt and pavement series races on the same date so drivers and owners wishing to race for both championships can do so," stated Bunn.

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