Special Canadian Qualifier slated for 2003 Kele World Challenge at Knoxville KNOXVILLE, IOWA (NOV. 5, 2002) - Ralph Capitani, director of racing at the Knoxville Raceway, and Roger Johnson of The Kele Companies announced today that the April...
Special Canadian Qualifier slated for 2003 Kele World Challenge at Knoxville
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (NOV. 5, 2002) - Ralph Capitani, director of racing at the Knoxville Raceway, and Roger Johnson of The Kele Companies announced today that the April 25-26, 2003, World of Outlaws (WoO) show scheduled at the Knoxville half-mile dirt track will be a special Canadian qualifier for the August 9, 2003, Kele World Challenge.
According to Capitani, "We were disappointed that neither the Chico Gold Cup nor the Williams Grove National Open qualified any Canadian sprint car drivers for our 2003 Kele World Challenge. Having said that, we realize that the rain-affected National Open conflicted with the Southern Ontario Sprints (SOS) sanctioned Canadian Sprint Car Championships in Ohsweken, Ontario. Thus, we have decided to allow Canadians a special opportunity to qualify at our season-opening two-day WoO show, which typically draws a lot of race-hungry fans from north of the border anyway."
Said Johnson, "It is our hope that talented drivers such as Jeff Hodgson, Toni Lutar, Jimmy Carter, Rick Wilson and Ryan Coniam will make the effort to come to Knoxville that weekend to qualify for the $10,000- to-win Kele World Challenge, which will again be held in conjunction with the August 13-16 Knoxville Nationals in 2003. We would even like to see Knoxville International Driver Development (KIDD) selection committee member and former WoO regular Tim Gee come back to Knoxville for the special weekend, which will see the debut of the second-year KIDD program driver!"
Knoxville fans saw Lutar compete in this year's Kele World Challenge as the lone Canadian, while Coniam had set a new ten-lap track record earlier in the week while representing the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) in the Brodix 360 Tournament of Champions. Hodgson raced later in the season on the ultra-fast Marion County Fairgrounds oval and looked very impressive in his 410-cubic-inch sprint car. The restored sprinter of Canadian sprint car driver Lyn McIntosh, the "Thunder Bay Invader", will be on display in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum on Knoxville's turn number two through the April 25-26 weekend.