Elizabeth, IN (November 2, 2002) -- Amidst a flurry of major announcements over the past several days, the American Speed Association distributed a "preliminary" 2003 ASA Racing Series schedule to the competitor base on hand during the annual ...
Elizabeth, IN (November 2, 2002) -- Amidst a flurry of major announcements over the past several days, the American Speed Association distributed a "preliminary" 2003 ASA Racing Series schedule to the competitor base on hand during the annual National Awar ds Banquet Saturday, November 2 at Caesars Indiana Hotel Casino near Louisville, Ky.
The transition of television networks, from TNN to SPEED Channel, combined with the change of ownership for ASA positioned series officials to keep their word to the competitors by releasing the preliminary schedule at the Banquet, listing the 20 dates, in cluding three "TBA" event locations.
"We gave our word to our teams that we would release the 2003 schedule at the Banquet," commented ASA Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mark Gundrum. "With everything that has been going on lately with TV and the company sale, finalizing the schedule a t this time just wasn't possible. We have had a tremendous amount of inquiry from racetracks all around the country, requesting an ASA nationally sanctioned event. As it stands right now, we've got more tracks than dates and feel that we need to take some more time to finalize the schedule."
Of those dates and tracks confirmed on the preliminary 2003 schedule, a minimum of three venues new to the ASA agenda were identified, plus a return to at least two tracks that have been absent from ASA's menu for a number of years. The new venues include Houston Motor Speedway, located on the northeast side of the nations fifth-largest metropolitan market — Houston, TX, Mansfield Motorsports Speedway, a newly renovated half-mile oval in Central Ohio, and Lake Erie Speedway in Erie, Pa., a new, state- of-the-art track located in Northeast Pennsylvania.
ASA Racing’s 36th season of sanctioning motorsports events will kick off with back-to-back events in Florida, beginning with the season opener scheduled for Saturday night, March 22 at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, followed by a return trip to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola on Saturday night, March 29.
The month of April sees the first of several new venues added to the 2003 version of the schedule, as ASA makes its inaugural visit to the State of Texas, for a Saturday night, April 12 event at Houston Motor Speedway. The second April date sees the series return to Concord Motorsport Park after a one-year hiatus from the uniquely shaped oval. After a two-year absence from the state of Georgia, the series returns to the Peach State on Saturday night, April 26 with a visit to Lanier National Speedway. The se ason is set to conclude on Sunday, October 12, as the series returns to Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tn.
The entire 2003 ASA Racing Series schedule with locations, dates and times is expected to be released later in November.