Illiana Motor Speedway Added to ASA Schedule, US 131 Facility Off Construction problems in Martin, Mich. force schedule change PENDLETON, Ind. (January 24, 2002) -- Officials from the American Speed Association have announced a change to their...
Illiana Motor Speedway Added to ASA Schedule, US 131 Facility Off Construction problems in Martin, Mich. force schedule change
PENDLETON, Ind. (January 24, 2002) -- Officials from the American Speed Association have announced a change to their 2002 ASA Racing Series schedule of events. Illiana Motor Speedway, located in Schererville, Ind., replaces US 131 Motorsports Park on the weekend of September 21 and 22, the 18th of 20 events on the 2002 ASA Racing Series schedule.
"I'm sure ASA will be welcomed with open arms," said Mike Mikuly, Illiana Motor Speedway track promoter. "The exposure this will provide for our facility is tremendous. ASA brings a lot of the guys our fans know, including some of our regulars like Pat Kelly, Dave Weltmeyer, John Brolick and Mike White. We are absolutely looking forward to it."
Construction engineers at US 131 Motorsports Park (Martin, Mich.) found an unstable layer of earth during excavation, making it more costly and risky to continue with the oval track process at this time. In addition to current economic conditions, track officials decided to delay the construction until a suitable option can be found to complete the project. That disclosure by track officials to the ASA offices late last week required ASA Racing Series officials to activate a contingency plan already in plac e, formalizing and finalizing a deal with Illiana Motor Speedway.
"In negotiating an ASA event date with US 131 Motorsports Park last fall, we were well aware that we may need an alternate plan for that specific weekend," said ASA Executive Vice President Brian Robbins. "We went so far with our discussions with US 131 Motorsports Park that we stipulated a drop-dead date for a BFGoodrich Tire test in an effort to allow enough time to determine whether the track would be ready for use by the scheduled race date of September 22nd."
Robbins, along with ASA Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mark Gundrum, visited the half-mile Illiana track in July of 2001, meeting with track promoter Mike Mikuly. The discussions surrounded a possible ASA date for the 2003 season, but also touched on the suburban Chicago oval serving as a potential place to compete in 2002 in the event an opening appeared on the schedule.
"Our conversations with Mike were very positive regarding a future ASA event at Illiana," said Gundrum. "Mike has done a tremendous job with the facility and indicated to us his intentions for continued improvements. We discussed several specific facility accommodations required to host an ASA event, and he indicated that they were willing to move in that direction.
"At the time we met, we pretty much had our 2002 schedule in place. But, we talked about the possibility of an '02 race date in the event we had an opening on our schedule. It works well that the geography of the two tracks are so close. It should not cause our competitors too many problems."
The 2002 ASA Racing Series teams open their 20-event season at USA International Speedway on March 23-24 in Lakeland, Fla. The 200-lap race will be televised live on TNN at 2 p.m. (Eastern). For additional information on the 2002 ASA Racing season, visit www.asaracing.com or call 1-888-ASA-1020.