McCabe Elected ARDC President

For more information: Linda Mansfield, lindamansfield@CompuServe.com McCabe Elected President of ARDC for '98 HAZLETON, Pa., Nov. 9 - Ray McCabe of New Britain, Pa., was elected president of the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) for 1998...

For more information: Linda Mansfield, lindamansfield@CompuServe.com

McCabe Elected President of ARDC for '98

HAZLETON, Pa., Nov. 9 - Ray McCabe of New Britain, Pa., was elected president of the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) for 1998 at the organization's meeting Sunday afternoon at the Lobitz Catering Hall here. He succeeds Randy Mausteller of Bloomsburg, Pa., who declined his nomination for the position.

McCabe was also president of ARDC in 1993, 1994 and 1996. He and his driver, Phil DiMario, finished second in the owner and driver standings, respectively, in the ARDC CARQUEST Midget Series in 1997.

Ron Lauer of Millersville, Md., was re-elected vice president. Kristin Hagen of New Holland, Pa., was elected secretary. Doug Starrett of Yorktown, Va., will return as treasurer, and Gary Halteman of Gilbertsville, Pa., will be the member at large. The reigning car owner champion, Howard Yetter of Sciota, Pa., will be the owners' representative for 1998 and Don Trent II of Honeybook, Pa., will be the drivers' representative.

All the candidates ran unopposed except for those running for owners' and drivers' representatives. These officers will join DiMario, who holds the three-year position of trustee, on the board of directors of the organization for 1998.

The organization also voted that a working official will no longer be permitted to hold a position on the board, and vice versa.

The topic of pursuing a written working agreement with the Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) to stage co-sanctioned shows was discussed. The membership indicated by a vote that they would like talks to try to achieve this goal to continue.

Starrett said that a preliminary discussion between NEMA and ARDC representatives determined that any such written agreement would have to tackle the subjects of insurance, whether or not a member was in good standings (suspensions, bans, etc.), sanctioning fees, ARDC's spec Hoosier tire rule, handicapping, temporary permits, announcements of purses and basic communication problems. He added that insurance and the handling of membership standings seem to be the most challenging topics at this time.

The members present gave the board some input into their desires in this area. Starrett will proceed and another dialogue will hopefully take place between Starrett and representatives of NEMA in a few weeks.

The contingency program developed by business manager Mike Roselli was another topic of discussion. In an effort to raise more funds for the club, the membership voted that a $25 annual fee per car will be required to participate in the contingency award program for 1998, but participation in the program is optional. Tom Martocci of Brodheadsville, Pa., volunteered to assist business manager Mike Roselli, also of Brodheadsville, to solicit manufacturers and suppliers to support the contingency program.

Starrett gave a report on the Midget Alliance meeting which he attended recently. Several possible rule changes were proposed, including a weight rule, and the members were encouraged to think about these proposals and give the board members and the rules committee members their feedback.

The board requested a show of support for the idea of running a wingless show, which is a promoter's option. Twenty owners and drivers were in favor of this idea, and the board will discuss it further.

The club also agreed to change its business year so that it ends on Nov. 30 and begins on Dec. 1 each year.

Any promoters wishing to book an ARDC CARQUEST Midget Show are encouraged to contact Roselli at (717) 992-7979 during regular business hours, or write to him in care of P.O. Box 434, Brodheadsville, Pa., 18322. He said the 1998 schedule is already shaping up nicely, and should contain more than 20 events.

Registrar Ron Heddendorf is accepting applications for 1998 memberships. Anyone wishing to join the club is encouraged to write to him at 3385 S. Keswick Rd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19114-1609 or telephone him at (215) 824-3385.

Tickets to the club's banquet on Nov. 29 at Lobitz's are still available, and may be obtained by calling Krissy Lauer at (410) 987-0284 as soon as possible. -30-

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