Knoxville International Driver Development program announced

New Program Developed To Continue Internationalization Of Sprint Car Racing -Hall of Fame mechanic Bob Trostle will head a new team for weekly racing at Knoxville as a part of the Knoxville International Driver Development Program- KNOXVILLE,...

New Program Developed To Continue Internationalization Of Sprint Car Racing

-Hall of Fame mechanic Bob Trostle will head a new team for weekly racing at Knoxville as a part of the Knoxville International Driver Development Program-

KNOXVILLE, IA (AUGUST 9)- When Bob Trostle first visited the country of Australia in 1979, it was favor to Geoff Murphy. Murphy asked the sprint car legend to spend some of his off-season in Australia helping the car builder get his sprint car faster. Almost 22 years later, a program has been designed for an international driver to come to America, more specifically Knoxville, Iowa, and be teamed with Trostle to improve his/her skills in a 410 c.i. sprint car.

"This is a great program and I'm honored to be a part of it," said Trostle. "I know Cappy (Knoxville Raceway Director, Ralph Capitani) is excited and Tom Schmeh (Executive Director of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Musuem) has really put together a solid program. There are a lot of people that helped me bring guys like Jac Haudenschild, Jack Hewitt and Tim Green to race in Australia in the early 1980's and now we can kind of return the favor."

The Knoxville International Driver Development (KIDD) program is intended to encourage and promote international sprint car racing worldwide and encourage international competition for the Kele World Challenge at Knoxville, Iowa. Each year, a racer from a country that promotes sprint car racing will be selected by a panel of individuals representing the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, the Knoxville Raceway, and the race tracks that hold qualifying races for the Kele World Challenge.

To be eligible, a driver cannot have raced in the US more than 10 times in any given season or have competed in more than 20 total races in the US during his/her career. This driver must be recommended by a recognized authority and considered championship material by the countries they represent. The program will have the driver compete in Knoxville Raceway's weekly 410 program with the annual Kele World Challenge being the pinnacle of the season during the Knoxville Nationals each August. The program will be coordinated with the cooperation of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, and each year the selection committee will announce a driver for the KIDD program at the National Sprint Car Poll post-season awards reception in Indianapolis, Indiana. The date for the reception this year is November 29.

"It will be a challenge, but I still attend races at Knoxville every Saturday night, so I've got a good idea of how things are going there," continued Trostle. "I may be a little behind in the tire department and fueling of the motors, but I still know all the guys down there and don't really think it will be a big problem for me to get back into the groove. Coaching a new driver is always a challenge and I'm sure by the end of the summer we'll have a good working relationship and be competitive."

The Kele-sponsored KIDD program will provide the selected driver the opportunity to race in some of the finest equipment available. Product sponsors include J&J Auto Racing sprint cars, Gaerte Engines, Sander Engineering components, and Lev Wings. The team will be loyal to these manufacturers throughout the season and provide sponsor recognition through international press releases, weekly races at Knoxville, the August 7-10, 2002 Knoxville Nationals and the $10,000-to-win August 9, 2002, Kele World Challenge Dash.

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Series Automotive , Sprint
Drivers Jack Hewitt , Jac Haudenschild , Tim Green