A WHO'S WHO OF MOTOR SPORTS TO BE AT PENNZOIL MOTORSPORTS '99 Fort Washington, PA December 23, 1998 . . . A veritable who's who of motor sports is scheduled to be at the 14th annual Pennzoil Motorsports Auto Racing Trade Show. The three day...
A WHO'S WHO OF MOTOR SPORTS TO BE AT PENNZOIL MOTORSPORTS '99
Fort Washington, PA December 23, 1998 . . . A veritable who's who of motor sports is scheduled to be at the 14th annual Pennzoil Motorsports Auto Racing Trade Show. The three day show, set to open at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 15th, and continue until 6 p.m. Sunday, January 17th, at the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center, will attract well known racers and personalities from just about all forms of motor sports.
Two time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Terry Labonte will be part of the show as will his son Justin and younger brother Bobby. The three will be representing Slimjim, sponsor of their NASCAR Busch Series team. Terry and Bobby will also run full schedules of NASCAR Winston Cup racing along with a limited schedule of Busch Series competition.
Winston Cup stars Jeremy Mayfield, David Green, Steve Park, Ken Schrader, and Chad Little will be appearing. Just added to the long list of drivers making appearances is NASCAR Winston Cup veteran Geoffrey Bodine and Busch Series racer Joe Bessey. The two have just announced that they will be running with sponsorship from the Power Team, a marketing division of Philadelphia Electric Company. Bodine's Power Team Winston Cup entry will be on display.
Drag racing will be represented by Cory McClenathan, Cruz Pedregon, Bruce Allen, Mike Thomas, "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, Bruce Larsen, the always popular Bunny Burkett and others.
Pennzoil, sponsor of the annual show, will have more than 5,000 square feet of show space devoted to the various vehicles and drivers that they sponsor.
Automobile Racing Club of America Bondo/Mar-Hyde driver Andy Belmont will be representing sponsor America OnLine and will have a unique display including opportunities to visit America OnLine at the show.
Bud-Friday, sponsored by Budweiser, will include a long list of drivers taking part in various autograph sessions. All autographs are free to show attendees. Cousin Ed, one of the top personalities on WYSP-FM radio, will be on hand to entertain from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. He will have the Bud Girls with him along with prizes, give-aways and lots of music. There will be Bud and Bud Light Specials and the party will continue long after Cousin Ed has left.
Also on Friday awards will be given to the top winners in various classes of competition during 1998 in the Northeast. Included will be Fred Rahmer, winner of 33 sprint car races during the season; Craig VonDohren, Mike Stefanik, Gary Stuhler, Brian Swartzlander, Ted Christopher, and Billy Whittaker. A special color autograph card, available only at Pennzoil Motorsports '99, will be signed by the top winners.
Indianapolis car racing will be represented by Scott Sharp, David Steele, Johnny Rutherford and Indy 500 winner Eddie Cheever. DIRT stars Brett Hearn and Tim McCreadie will be appearing as will NASCAR Busch Series champion Dale Earnhardt, Jr. American Racing Drivers Club champion Bryan Kobylarz will sign autographs at 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 16th. Pennzoil World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser will be available for autographs at 1 p.m. on Sunday, January 17.
NASCAR Busch Series driver Blaise Alexander will visit with fans at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
There will be a number of other local, regional and nationally known racing talents on hand and more than 150 race vehicles will be on display. In addition over 500 exhibit spaces will be filled with "everything motorsports" throughout the weekend.
A full schedule of seminars will be offered and the Motorsports Garage, offering hands-on experience, will be open for business.
Kids will be able to take part in the Racing For Kids Big Wheel Competition and there will be a Little Miss Motorsports Contest. Sunday, the closing day of the show, will offer attendees an opportunity to visit with some of the Legends of the sport including former Indy 500 racer Bob Harkey.
One of the highlights of the show is the annual US Tobacco Ms. Motorsports Competition which will have preliminaries at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and finals at 7 p.m.
The show, expected to attract more than 50,000 people during the three days, has something for everyone.
Ticket information is available at 609.888.3618. A complete schedule of activities is available on the web at: www.aarn.com/motorsports.html. For discount lodging at several local hotels telephone Marilyn Saxton at 215.752.2392 or Plaza II Travel at 215.943.0190.
Fort Washington, PA Expo Center, site of the show, is located just a short distance from Exit 26 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.