FF: New Carolina/Virginia series announced

South Boston Speedway to anchor '04 Carolina/Virginia Ford Focus Midget Series. Big Daddy's South Boston (Va.) Speedway will serve as the anchor race track for the 2004 USAC Carolina/Virginia Ford Focus Midget series, it was announced today by...

South Boston Speedway to anchor '04 Carolina/Virginia Ford Focus Midget Series.

Big Daddy's South Boston (Va.) Speedway will serve as the anchor race track for the 2004 USAC Carolina/Virginia Ford Focus Midget series, it was announced today by officials of the United States Auto Club (USAC) and the speedway.

The track will host six events in the brand-new series, beginning with a Saturday night, April 10 program also featuring a 150-lap race for the legendary South Boston Late Model Stocks, a 50-lapper for Limited Sportsmen and a 30-lapper for Pure Stocks.

"USAC's open-wheel divisions have proven to be a valuable stepping stone for many of today's greatest racing stars in NASCAR and the IRL," said Joe Mattioli, President of South Boston Speedway, the first venue in the Mid-South to contact USAC regarding the Ford Focus series. "South Boston also has a reputation for being a 'star-maker," continued Mattioli. "We want to give our competitors the best opportunity to develop their skills for motorsports' major leagues and believe that the Ford Focus Midget Series will be a great asset. A competitive Ford Focus Midget, which can be purchased for less than $20,000, will turn laps faster than our Late Models and will give our competitors the experience they need to succeed, right in their own back yard, while giving our fans the thrill of super-fast open wheeled competition."

USAC Ford Focus Midget cars are powered by a "spec" 2-liter Ford Zetec engine. Internally the motors are directly from the Ford assembly line and are currently featured in the Ford Focus, the best selling car in the world. The Ford Focus Series engine produces 178 horsepower, running on methanol with mechanical fuel injection. All USAC Ford Focus Midgets are required to have a functioning on-board starter and clutch.

"When we first began talking to Joe Mattioli and his staff, we knew we had our anchor track for the Ford Focus Series in the Mid-South," said Eric Bunn, USAC National Coordinator for Ford Focus racing. "With South Boston's past experience running USAC National Midgets it was a logical extension of our relationship to feature the Focus Series there. Big Daddy's is a great track with plenty of tradition and the perfect foundation for USAC's first full-time series in the Mid-South."

The USAC Carolina/Virginia Ford Focus Midget Series will open on Saturday, March 10, at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway and will compete at South Boston April 10, May 8, June 5, August 7, September 4 and October 23. The October 23 event will conclude the series, offering double points. Additional dates in this brand-new series are being finalized and a complete series schedule will be announced when they are firm.

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