Sponsor named for USAC events

Irwindale, Calif. - - The K&N Company will sponsor all three United States Auto Club events at Irwindale Speedway for the 2001 season. Open wheel races on March 24, October 27, and November 22 will all carry the K&N banner with the title of...

Irwindale, Calif. - - The K&N Company will sponsor all three United States Auto Club events at Irwindale Speedway for the 2001 season. Open wheel races on March 24, October 27, and November 22 will all carry the K&N banner with the title of the "K&N Classic at Irwindale Speedway".

"We got involved with Irwindale late in the season last year at the USAC Silver Crown race ... What an event that was," said K&N President Nate Shelton, "We came away from that race with a new appreciation of USAC open wheel racing. We knew that we really wanted to get involved with those cars, and that's why we stepped up to sponsor the whole series at Irwindale in 2001. We're looking forward to a great year! We'll see you all at the races!"

"We couldn't be more pleased with K&N coming onboard for all three of our 2001 USAC open wheel events, they're a terrific company, with products that work great on just about everything on wheels from the family sedan to the USAC Silver Crown and Sprint cars that will race here on Saturday," said Bob DeFazio, Irwindale VP/COO. "This is a good association with a top company and an exciting series. It's a perfect fit for everyone."

The Coors Light Silver Bullet cars will make their one-and-only 2001 season West Coast appearance on Saturday, March 24 at Irwindale Speedway. These are the biggest, meanest, badest, and fastest cars that the United States Auto Club sanctions, and the list of drivers who have entered is a "who's who" of top open wheel racing talent from around the country.

Among the early entries for Saturday's K&N Classic are: 2000 Series Champion Tracy Hines from New Castle, Indiana, 2000 Irwindale Silver Bullet winner Russ gamester from Peru, Indiana, Jack Hewitt from Troy, Ohio, southern California favorites Cory Kruseman from Ventura, Brad Noffsinger from Huntington Beach, Tony Jones, and Kevin Kierce from Reseda, along with Tyler Walker aboard a brand new Johnny Vance-Ray Evernham entry.

A few months back, Walker, the former World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year, who's brother Ben races Super Late Models regularly at Irwindale Speedway, had appeared at Evernham's Charlotte shop door asking for a job, "...sweeping floors." Walker quickly found himself "swept " into a ride in a Dodge Red Silver Crown car with Ram V-8 power. His "Cinderella Story" would be complete if he could win or place big at his "home track" of Irwindale on Saturday.

Also on the line-up for Saturday night will be one of California's favorite sons young Bud Kaeding, from Campbell, California. Kaeding, who's Sprint Car racing record at Irwindale is the all-time best, was just recently voted " 2000 Season Driver of the Year" by the Motor Sports Press Association.

Sharing the bill with the USAC Silver Crown Cars and Sprinters will be the Automobile Club of Southern California NASCAR Late Models, Irwindale Speedway's spirited NASCAR Late Model division. This first event of the 18-race series will mark the 100-year old Auto Club's first involvement in a racing division at the Speedway.

"The NASCAR Late Model division at Irwindale Speedway always produces some of the best races on the schedule," said the Club's Rick Lalor, "And the families who come out to Irwindale Speedway to cheer them on are truly the Auto Club's kind of people."

The Auto Club of Southern California's popular "Show Your Card and Save" program will be in effect for this event, as it is at all Irwindale Speedway events throughout the season. Club members need only show their membership card at the ticket window to receive a $5.00 discount on their regular adult ticket for that night.

Season tickets, special ticket packages, and tickets to all individual races are now on sale at the Irwindale Speedway box office. An on-line schedule of events is posted on the track's website at www.irwindalespeedway.com and tickets may be purchased over the phone by calling (626) 358-1100 any week day during regular business hours.

-Doug Stokes

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Series Automotive , USAC
Drivers Tracy Hines , Jack Hewitt , Bud Kaeding , Ray Evernham , Tony Jones , Cory Kruseman , Brad Noffsinger , Tyler Walker