ASA testing engines and tires for short track application. Just as it was in 1999, the American Speed Association (ASA) is at the forefront of racing technology, as the sanctioning body this week is testing new components for potential use at ...
ASA testing engines and tires for short track application.
Just as it was in 1999, the American Speed Association (ASA) is at the forefront of racing technology, as the sanctioning body this week is testing new components for potential use at weekly racetracks.
In 1999, ASA tested a fuel-injected V8 engine in conjunction with GM Racing and that engine developed into the ASA 5700 engine currently used in the ASA Racing Series. A similar powerplant is being tested this weekend (May 18-19) in a late model with the g oal being to develop an engine similar to the one used on the nationally touring, nationally televised series for use at weekly racetrack.
"The hope is to develop a sealed, spec engine that can be used at a track anywhere in the country to help curb the ever-escalating engine costs associated with racing on any level," ASA Vice President of Operations Larry Kemp said.
In addition to the powerplant, ASA officials will assist in the testing of a new 10-inch radial tire developed by BFGoodrich Tires for use at weekly tracks. The tires have been under development for nearly one year and have previously been tested at a hand ful of tracks.
This is the first in a series of planned tests for the engine. The series hopes to have ready and engine and tire package to present to facilities in its ASA Racing Member Track Program beginning in 2003.
Eddy, Carlson Make 2002 ASA Debuts at Iowa
Among an expected large contingent of drivers entered for the May 19 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 presented by STP at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids are Seven-time former ASA National Champion Mike Eddy of Michigan and 1997 Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie o f the Year Steve Carlson of Wisconsin.
Eddy will drive a car owned by Dan Weiland and will carry the Weiland Construction and Howe Racing Enterprises logos. The familiar number 88, made famous by Eddy during his highly successful ASA Racing career, will return to one of the traditional color s chemes, the brown and yellow look that he carried through the mid-1980s.
Eddy is ASA's all-time leader in championships won, is second in career earnings list, second on the career victories list and fifth on the career pole positions list with 34. Additionally, Eddy is the all-time leader in laps led, with more than 18,000 in his ASA career. He is expected to compete in at least three events and as many as eight races this season.
Carlson will run a limited schedule in 2002 in a Don Fanetti-owned car, a team car to full-time competitor Rick Beebe. "We have the car at my shop and we're working on it," Carlson said. "There are seven shows within a three-hour drive of my race shop (in West Salem, Wis.) and we thought it would be kind of fun to go race.
"We're starting with Hawkeye Downs because it is close to home and we run good at Iowa. I have a lot of wins there in other series."
Carlson has made limited starts in ASA over the past couple of seasons. "With the engines and tires, things have changed a lot. It was a pretty difficult series (ASA) with the bias-ply tires and the V6s and it's still a pretty difficult deal. I had my hand s full driving a John Brolick car last year. The competition is pretty tough and I realize that going into it. We're going to give it a shot though."
The number 36 car will carry Steve Carlson's familiar colors and the Phillips 66 Trop-Arctic decals. Longtime sponsor Wilson Oil Co. of Red Wing (MN) is backing this effort.
"Phillips has enjoyed our sponsorship program success with Steve," said Wilson Oil Co. President Mike Wilson. "He has had success on the track and has done a very good job for Phillips Trop-Arctic and Phillips Racing fuels.
Tentative plans call for Carlson to compete with the team at both Iowa races and events in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri and Indiana totaling around nine.
Mader Looks to Make ASA Debut
Dave Mader III, a 46-year-old, second generation driver, will pilot the Lorz Motorsports entry and carry the backing of O'Reilly Auto Parts, the event title sponsor of the May 19 ASA Racing Series stop at Hawkeye Downs Speedway.
His racing resume stacks up with nearly any driver of a similar age. Mader has won more than 200 feature events. He has won four All-American Challenge Series titles (now All-Pro Series), drove for Harry Melling in the first night Winston, won an ARCA race at Michigan Speedway, captured poles in the Grand National Series at Dover and Rockingham, won the Snowball Derby in 1978 and at age 23 is still the youngest driver to have won it. He also had runner-up finishes in Grand National events at Pocono and Tall adega.