CASCAR Castrol Super Series - Novotny Sells CASCAR KOMOKA, ON - On Saturday, April 17, Tony Novotny surprised all in attendance at Delaware Speedway Park's practice day by announcing that he'd sold CASCAR, the race sanctioning body he formed in...
CASCAR Castrol Super Series - Novotny Sells CASCAR
KOMOKA, ON - On Saturday, April 17, Tony Novotny surprised all in attendance at Delaware Speedway Park's practice day by announcing that he'd sold CASCAR, the race sanctioning body he formed in 1981 and has owned and operated ever since. The buyers are Bill and Alan Darmon of Windsor, ON. Their company, Windsor Gear & Drive Inc., is heavily involved in the performance products industry. Additionally, Bill Darmon is a longtime stock car racer and currently competes in the CASCAR Sportsman and Late Model classes. In the short run, the Darmons plans to inject CASCAR with some of marketing and financial expertise that has carried their other ventures to their current levels of success. Under the terms of the deal, the transfer of the sanctioning body also includes the CASCAR Castrol Super Series, the country's top racing series
But while he is turning over ownership of the series, Novotny will still remain very visible in the day-to-day running of CASCAR. The plan is for him to remain as Director of Operations, at the Komoka, ON head office. David Lloyd will also remain as the Director of Marketing & Sales for CASCAR.
"My goal since the inception of the CASCAR program has been to take this program to the highest level of professionalism possible," said Novotny, who also admitted to being concerned about what would happen to CASCAR if something were to happen to him. "And I'm very pleased to note that we have realized a considerable measure of success in achieving that goal. I always knew that at some point in time, it would be necessary to undergo structural and organizational change if we were to continue our growth and realize the full potential of CASCAR. Look at the investment, the equipment, the sponsor base."
Currently, CASCAR sanctions tracks and racing divisions across Canada. Its Castrol Super Series consists of three championships (National, East and West). According to the deal's principles, the sale of CASCAR to the Darmons is a step in the right direction because it gives CASCAR the managerial, marketing and financial tools it requires to fulfil its growth potential. The terms of the sale were undisclosed.
"There's a lot of work to be done to get ready for the future," said Bill Darmon. "It doesn't change the person you're going to talk to on Monday, there will just be more of them. Tony took a dream and turned it into something real. The future of CASCAR and the sport looks bright and we want to be part of the explosion. Were not going to make dramatic changes. It's going to be an evolution. There's going to be an effort towards growth overall. We don't want to change the structure of the current championships. We have to learn what CASCAR's all about. We have a lot to learn before we'd consider making any drastic changes. The big thing is to get 'corporate Canada' into the fold."
During the press conference, it was also noted that the new owners are part of a group that is in the "advanced stages" of planning to build a new, paved stock car oval and facility in the Windsor, ON area. The area has a strong oval racing heritage but has been without a paved oval since the early '90s.
Sponsors approve The sale of CASCAR met with the approval of the series' biggest supporters, many of whom were in attendance. Ross Ayrhart of Castrol Canada the title sponsor of the CASCAR Castrol Super Series believes the deal will be good for the sport. "We view this as a positive development. We had some meetings with the parties prior to the signing of the deal and Castrol Canada approves of what they have in mind for the future. Castrol wants to continue to be part of the CASCAR family, with an eye to continuing the growth of the series." To that end, Ayrhart also announced that with one year still remaining on its initial three-year commitment as title sponsor of the CASCAR Castrol Super Series, Castrol recently signed on for an additional three years. The series will bear the Castrol name through the 2002 racing season.
CASCAR Notes: In other CASCAR news, the team of John Fitzpatrick and Don Thomson have added primary sponsors to their #14 and #4 Chevrolet Monte Carlos. Thomson's car will sport the colours of Home Hardware, while Fitzpatrick's will have backing from Nabisco, Brown, Christie's 'Planet Snacks' banner. Featherlite Trailers has been named the "Official Trailer of CASCAR" through the 2001 racing season. Under the agreement, Featherlite becomes CASCAR's official provider of specialty transporters and specialty trailers. Conrad Clement, Featherlite's President and CEO, said, "Featherlite trailers and transporters have been proven by champions at the highest levels of professional motorsports, including reigning and three-time CASCAR National champion Dave Whitlock. Featherlite's status as the "Official Trailer of CASCAR" will provide it with additional opportunities to showcase high quality Featherlite specialty transporters and trailers at CASCAR events."