Indoor Midget Racing Series seeks new home. With the advent of casino gambling at the Niagara Falls Convention Center in Niagara Falls, New York, the popular Indoor Midget Racing Series, sponsored by Northern Motorsports and promoter Harry Macy,...
Indoor Midget Racing Series seeks new home.
With the advent of casino gambling at the Niagara Falls Convention Center in Niagara Falls, New York, the popular Indoor Midget Racing Series, sponsored by Northern Motorsports and promoter Harry Macy, featuring high caliber three quarter midget racing over the winter months is temporarily without a home. Construction at the Convention Center, which has been limited by legal issues, none of which appear to seriously threaten the casino plans, has proceeded to the point that even if the project were to grind to a halt, racing at the facility is history. Macy confirmed that recent work on the inside of the Convention Center has rendered the facility useless as a racing venue, regardless of the legal ramifications. Undaunted by the change of fortunes, he is actively pursuing a new site for the series, which gives race fans from around the Northeast an opportunity to enjoy live auto racing while outdoor enthusiasts are skiing and snowmobiling.
The Indoor Midget Racing Series has grown over the years to become the richest endeavor of its kind in the country, boasting a point fund of well over $20,000 for the four race competition, and scheduled to increase this season. It has drawn top name talent from across the racing spectrum, including the likes of NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Dave Blaney, and Ken Schrader; Super Modified pilots such as Bentley Warren, Lou Cicconi, Joey Payne Jr., and current champion Greg Furlong; sprint car standouts Tony Elliot and Hall of Famer Jack Hewitt; plus local standard bearers in the person of former series champion Mike Stahl, young star Dave Wollaber, and former Craftsman Truck Series driver Chuck Hossfeld to name a few. The racing, featuring the lightning quick motorcycle engine-powered three quarter midgets, with karts as a support division, has been very entertaining and a strong fan base has developed.
Financial backing has come from long time supporter, Akos Sule, CEO of Neptune Research of West Caldwell, New Jersey; Bobcat of Buffalo; Castrol; and a number of associate sponsors, all of whom are interested in seeing the series continue.
Promoter Macy indicates that he has been in contact with a number of people regarding a possible new venue for the series, which has generated a positive financial impact on the Niagara Falls area for the past eighteen years, with hotel, restaurant, and other attendant services. The ever-positive Macy is optimistic that a new site will be found in time for the upcoming season, scheduled to begin in December. In that regard, the City of Niagara Falls, the now former landlord of the series, has offered its assistance to Macy in his quest for a new winter home for Northern Motorsports. There will be more news as it becomes available.