Forest County Potawatomi Underwrite New Off-Road Racing "World Series" CRANDON, WI -- The Forest County Potawatomi Community, headquartered here, has announced it will be a presenting sponsor for the new Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing...
Forest County Potawatomi Underwrite New Off-Road Racing "World Series"
CRANDON, WI -- The Forest County Potawatomi Community, headquartered here, has announced it will be a presenting sponsor for the new Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing sanctioning body. The World Series of Off-Road Racing (WSORR), also headquartered in Crandon, is the newest short course off-road racing sanctioning body in the United States.
The World Series features high performance, professional truck racing, off-road buggy racing, as well as entry level off-road classes.
The Forest County Potawatomi Community joins Lucas Oil Products as the two top sponsors for the World Series. "This is truly 'a dynamic duo' for off-road racing," said Doug Davis, general manager, World Series of Off-Road Racing. "Both the Forest County Potawatomi and Lucas Oil have been long-term advocates of short course off-road racing in the greater Midwest," he said. "We are pleased both have joined together to make the Midwest the place to race off-road," Davis remarked.
The backing by the Forest County Potawatomi is earmarked for increase purses and event promotion for all races on the 2007 WSORR tour. "With this funding, we are looking to meet our goal of $100,000 purses at every track on the World Series circuit this coming year," said Davis.
The Forest County Potawatomi have been a prime force in professional off-road racing circles for more than 12 years. The tribe remains a title sponsor of the crown jewel of off-road racing tracks -- Crandon International Off-Road Raceway. Crandon Raceway is the premier off-road racing facility in the U.S. and has already signed a long-term sanctioning pact with the World Series.
"Championships have been won and lost in the Midwest for more than three decades," he said. "That continues to be the case in 2007 and beyond." Davis noted that the famed off-road track in Michigan's Upper Peninsula -- the Bark River U.P. 100 Raceway -- is also part of the World Series of Off-Road Racing. "Together, the two tracks represent 69 years of off-road racing history, experience and popularity," he said. Davis said that details about the races would be announced.
"This is energizing news for off-road racing," said Gus Frank, chairman, Forest County Potawatomi. "We are pleased to be partners with the World Series and Lucas Oil," he said. "It is significant that this great sport is now headquartered in Crandon, the home of so many memorable off-road races over the years." There are about 200 off-road race shops in and around the Great Lakes region. "Crandon Raceway and the Midwest has been and continues to be where off-road World Champions are crowned and fans will continue to flock to races at Crandon, bolstering the local economy," said Frank.
Frank noted that the "journey to success for the Forest County Potawatomi now includes our new partners -- the World Series of Off-Road Racing and Lucas Oil Products". Frank said he is confident other major sponsors will join with Lucas Oil and the Forest County Potawatomi in supporting the World Series of Off-Road Racing. "While we are strong supporters of Midwestern off-road racing, and the tourism opportunities presented by the sport, we will also enjoy the national exposure provided by SPEED Channel," said Frank.
During the past 15 years, the Forest County Potawatomi Community has invested heavily in Forest County and the State of Wisconsin. The largest employer in Forest County with government operations, health care center, casinos and other business ventures, the support of the World Series of Off-Road Racing is an investment in the tourist industry for Wisconsin.
"Indian gaming has made it possible for our tribe to achieve self-sufficiency, but we see our tribe as partners in strengthening the local economy in Forest County and beyond," said Frank. Casino compact payments to the State of Wisconsin are projected to top $750 million during the next 25 years.
Davis said the Forest County Potawatomi have had a strong influence and presence throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. "The Forest County Potawatomi are winners," he said. "Whether it is on the track with their off-road race teams or with local school districts or other government bodies, they provide enhancements that benefit all."
A banquet officially dedicating the Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing, hosted by the Forest County Potawatomi, is scheduled for early November.
WSORR has established itself as a nationwide short course racing Series with a three-year prime time SPEED Network television package through the 2009 season.
The World Series of Off-Road Racing is a new name for an exciting style of race event that is well-established in the Midwest and has thrilled race fans over and over. And over! The World Series is building on an established 37-year heritage but with an eye to the future and the potential for significant growth.
A record number of competitors and fans attended off-road races in 2006 and the Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing will continue to showcase this fast-growing, fast-moving motorsport in exciting venues across the country.