New endurance series, ERL formed

Inaugural ERL Endurance Race Set for July 9 at Road America SKOKIE, Ill., March 14 - Responding to numerous requests from various road racing drivers and teams and the manufacturers that support them, a new series of events called the Endurance...

Inaugural ERL Endurance Race Set for July 9 at Road America

SKOKIE, Ill., March 14 - Responding to numerous requests from various road racing drivers and teams and the manufacturers that support them, a new series of events called the Endurance Racing League (ERL) series has been created. The first of these events will be a two-and-one-half-hour endurance race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on Friday, July 9.

The event is open to sports racers conforming to SCCA's rules, including C Sports Racers, D Sports Racers, Sports 2000 cars and Spec Racer Fords.

In addition, licensed drivers from special-interest clubs (Porsche and BMW Clubs and the like) will be able to participate in lapping sessions with their own cars prior to and after the ERL race that day.

The goal of the event's promoters is to develop a multi-race series for the 2005 season, with a focus towards giving competitors maximum track time in an upscale atmosphere.

Two 45-minute practice/qualifying sessions are planned. When coupled with the two-and-one-half hour race, the event will feature four hours of track time, a figure well over what is offered at most other events for these types of race cars.

Although one driver may run the entire race, three mandatory pit stops for a minimum of five minutes each will be required during the two-and-one-half-hour race. It is expected that most teams will use at least one additional driver in order to share both the expenses and the experience.

"Racers are looking for all the on-track time that they can get. This blend of extended practice time coupled with the endurance race means that our entrants will get four hours of track time in one day alone," explained Bunny Snively of Adventure Interests, which is promoting the event. "We hope that racers will join us for a full day of racing action on this historic, four-mile road course.

"A two-day road racing event follows on Saturday and Sunday at Road America, so drivers could get even more track time that weekend," Snively suggested.

The concept for this inaugural event was formed at a meeting of interested parties called by Tom Volk of Racer Parts Wholesale in Indianapolis last December. Due to the overwhelmingly favorable response that was expressed at that meeting, an advisory board was formed to assist in the concept's development. Members of the advisory board include Travis Duder, five-time national SCCA D-Sports Racer champion; Dan McBreen of Radical Extreme Sportscars; Don McCandless of Merloy Racing; Snively and Bernie Behrens of Adventure Interests; and Volk.

"The high performance level and low operating cost per mile, combined with an upscale endurance event atmosphere, make the ERL the best bang for the buck in road racing," Volk pointed out.

"The ERL is a great idea," endorsed Duder. "It looks like it'll be fun! It gives us the chance to go out and get a lot of track time, and do something a little different with our friends. It'll be exciting!"

For more information, see www.enduranceracing.org or call Snively or Behrens of Adventure Interests at (847) 302-6980 or Volk at (419) 535-5665. Interested parties may sign up for regular updates in the "What's Happening Updates" section of the Web site too.

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Series Road racing
Drivers Travis Duder , Dan McBreen