Sprint Star Fred Rahmer Dons Promoter's Hat New Egypt, NJ (May 14) -- Pennsylvania Sprint car sensation Fred Rahmer has decided to try on a promoter's hat for size. Rahmer, the country's winningest driver in 1998, has partnered with the ...
Sprint Star Fred Rahmer Dons Promoter's Hat
New Egypt, NJ (May 14) -- Pennsylvania Sprint car sensation Fred Rahmer has decided to try on a promoter's hat for size. Rahmer, the country's winningest driver in 1998, has partnered with the Philadelphia Inquirer to bring the powerful 410 PA Sprints to New Egypt Speedway in Central Jersey on Wednesday night, June 16, for a single division 30-lap special with a $3,000 top prize and plenty of entertainment appeal.
Rahmer, 41, who's won 17 championship titles in the 13 years he's driven Sprint cars full-time, began to think about the promoter's role while spending winters racing in Australia.
"That's where most of my interest was sparked," said Rahmer, who worked directly with promoter David Lander when he raced Parrametta Raceway, outside Sidney, Australia. "They'd have a 50 meter American flag flying over the place on the back of a parachuter; they'd bring the drivers out on the track on Harleys -- a lot of neat things. In Australia, they don't have quite as many cars as we do, so they really try to make it a little bit more interesting."
That's the kind of program Rahmer hopes to present in his first-ever promotional effort. "The feature, of course, has to be dead-serious racing. It's a job for us racers," he stated. "But for the fans, it's a night out. And we have to make it entertaining."
For that reason, among others, Rahmer chose New Egypt as the site of his June 16 event. "The tracks in Australia have nice bathrooms, macadam walkways -- they're nice facilities. That's what made me think of New Egypt," said Rahmer. The New Jersey speedway, rebuilt from the ground up by the Grosso family in 1997, features a children's playground, picnic area, "no alcohol" family section, heated bathrooms and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.
Rahmer has engineered the program with an eye on entertainment values, as well. Rather than start the 10 quickest transfer cars straight up, or invert the top few, the rookie promoter is introducing the Australian Pole Shuffle to America, wherein the top 10 race one-on-one in a series of green-white-checker elimination runs that will give the one driver still standing $1,000, courtesy of Media Camping Center, and a pole start in the feature event.
"I love racing and I always wanted to be involved in it," Rahmer said, explaining his motivation to try the other side of the sport and institute some ideas he's been itching to try. "I'm not looking to retire yet, but it seemed that if I wanted to try something like this, now would be the best time to do it -- when I'm still involved and connected."
He's excited about the possibilities the New Egypt race might bring -- personally and professionally. "I can see what it's like and do a lot of learning while I'm still racing," Rahmer maintained. He and his wife, Debbie, are the parents of three-year-old triplets; while Fred is not looking to cut back his racing schedule just yet, he does want to spend quality time with his long-awaited children in the years ahead.
"I know I can't race forever," Rahmer admitted. "I figured if we could get a show or two going a year, and not take away from my family, it might be a good thing."