Series names Tucson event title sponsor 2010-02-12

ROSEMONT COPPER DIGS IN AS TITLE SPONSOR FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL "COPPER ON DIRT" Kevin Montgomery Tucson, AZ -- As the 2010 racing season goes into to full swing, USAC championship hopefuls will make their way west to start the year off at one of...

ROSEMONT COPPER DIGS IN AS TITLE SPONSOR FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL "COPPER ON DIRT"

Kevin Montgomery Tucson, AZ -- As the 2010 racing season goes into to full swing, USAC championship hopefuls will make their way west to start the year off at one of the premier events of the season -- USA Raceway's Fourth Annual "Copper on Dirt."

New this year, USA Raceway is pleased to announce Rosemont Copper has signed on as title sponsor of the event.

"We are excited to be a part of the 'Copper on Dirt' and look forward to being at USA Raceway," said Rod Pace, President and CEO of Rosemont Copper. "This sponsorship illustrates one of the many ways Rosemont is building partnerships within the community," he added.

"Obviously we couldn't ask for a better fit with Rosemont Copper being a part of the Copper on Dirt," commented Benji Lyons of USA Raceway. "This is a great company that is making a huge impact to not only our fan base and the region, but the entire state of Arizona."

The proposed Rosemont Copper project is located just southeast of Tucson and will provide a significant impact to the economy of Southern Arizona. Rosemont is expected to add 2900 jobs to the state and stream more than $700 million dollars into the local economy annually.

"The Copper on Dirt is one of our marquee events and Rosemont Copper is a great addition. We are ecstatic to be teamed with a company that is working to be a big part of the Tucson community," added Lyons.

The 4th Annual "Copper on Dirt" featuring USAC Silver Crown, USAC National/CRA Sprint Cars and USAC National/Western States Midgets all taking part in a sensational racing spectacle at Tucson's USA Raceway's for two nights on February 19th and 20th marking USA Raceway as one of only two dirt track venues to host USAC's Triple Crown all in one event.

As the 2010 racing season goes into to full swing, USAC championship hopefuls will make their way west to start the year off at one of the premier events of the season. More than a hundred of the nations top open wheel teams are anticipated to take part in the 4th Annual "Copper on Dirt" making this a must see event of 2010.

Ticket pricing, seating charts and purchasing information can be found online at www.usaraceway.net/Uploads/CopperOnDirtTicketForm.pdf or by calling the USA Raceway office at 520-574-8515

Hotel Information can be found at www.usaraceway.net/lodging.php or by calling the Tucson Airport Courtyard by Marriott at 520-573-0000

USA Raceway is located east of Tucson off I-10 exit 265, then 1.6 miles south on Craycroft Road, which turns into Los Reales. For more information please, contact the track at 520-574-8515 or additional information regarding USA Raceway can be found at www.usaraceway.net

Mississippi's Ricky Stenhouse became the first and only driver to win multiple "Copper on Dirt" features in a single year. Stenhouse set the bar high at the inaugural "Copper on Dirt" by winning back to back races in the 40-lap sprint car feature and finishing off the night by capturing the 50-lap USAC Silver Crown Feature.

California native, Darren Hagen, is the only other driver to win in two divisions with a midget victory in 2008 and a sprint car win in 2009. Hagen will lead the USAC trio into Tucson as the defending "Copper on Dirt" Sprint Car Champion while Brad Sweet and Bud Kaeding will likely set out to defend the USAC Midget and Silver Crown titles respectively. Hagen also leads the "Copper on Dirt" stats with 8 of 9 feature starts (Did not participate in 2007 Silver Crown portion) and an average finish of 5th in 8 total events.

Past Copper on Dirt Winners:

2007 USAC Midgets - Cory Kruseman
2007 USAC Sprint Cars - Ricky Stenhouse
2007 USAC Silver Crown - Ricky Stenhouse

2008 USAC Midgets -- Darren Hagen
2008 USAC Sprint Cars -- Shane Cottle
2008 USAC Silver Crown -- Jerry Coons Jr

2009 USAC Midgets -- Brad Sweet
2009 USAC Sprint Cars -- Darren Hagen
2009 USAC Silver Crown -- Bud Kaeding

-source: usac

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Series USAC
Drivers Bud Kaeding , Cory Kruseman , Jerry Coons , Shane Cottle , Darren Hagen , Brad Sweet