FF: Series outlines cost containment measures

STEPS TO CONTAIN COSTS OUTLINED BY USAC FOR THE FORD FOCUS SERIES Controlling costs and returning to the original concept for the USAC Ford Focus Midget Car Series are underlying factors in a three-step process announced today by series ...

STEPS TO CONTAIN COSTS OUTLINED BY USAC FOR THE FORD FOCUS SERIES

Controlling costs and returning to the original concept for the USAC Ford Focus Midget Car Series are underlying factors in a three-step process announced today by series officials.

Step 1 - 2009

For the 2009 season, new rules will address ride height and overall weight. A minimum weight rule of 1,140 lbs (car and driver combined) will be implemented for Asphalt-only cars. Additionally, a minimum ride height rule (at the motor plate) specifying a left side minimum distance from ground to chassis, will be announced at the conclusion of testing in late February.

All brake rotors for 2009 in the Ford Focus series will be required to be of a "ferrous material." No ceramic brake rotors will be allowed.

Step 2 - 2010

All carbon fiber and titanium components will be eliminated in 2010 for the Ford Focus series. Additionally, a determination on allowable shocks is being evaluated and tested to determine if changes are necessary.

Step 3 -- 2011

Combination Cars as defined in the current 2009 USAC Competition Rules will be the only allowable chassis specifications allowed in the Ford Focus Series.

"These steps will get the Focus Series back to the original intent of the program," offered USAC Developmental Series Director James Spink in making today's announcement. He continued, "the concept of the Focus Series is to utilize existing series cars with a cost effective spec motor. These changes ensure affordable entry into USAC midget racing."

"Implementation of these procedures in a three-step process provides our participants sufficient time to utilize existing parts and equipment and be prepared when the new rules are implemented over time," added USAC President Kevin Miller.

-credit: usac

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