IPSC Former Champion Readies for Busy Week

FORMER TRUE VALUE 250 CHAMPION READIES FOR BUSY WEEK (June 19) - As Speedweek '99 quickly approaches on the International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) series calendar, one would have to assume the race teams are doing double duty...

FORMER TRUE VALUE 250 CHAMPION READIES FOR BUSY WEEK (June 19) - As Speedweek '99 quickly approaches on the International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) series calendar, one would have to assume the race teams are doing double duty as they prepare for back-to-back weekends starting June 26th at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax, Nova Scotia with the Forbes Chev. Olds. 150 and culminating July 4th at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine with the True Value 250 - events two and three on the six race '99 IPSC schedule. Derek Lynch, the 1994 True Value 250 champion, says his Norwood, Ontario-based team is busy but not a whole lot busier than they would be preparing for just one race. The team has an extensive checklist for every race and Lynch doesn't see back-to-back races as any extra burden - at least in the preparation stages. "We go over everything between every race anyway," said Lynch. "The biggest obstacle we have is that two of the five days we have between leaving Halifax and arriving at Oxford are travel days. So, the guys are making extra fenders and getting a nosepiece ready - parts you might expect to have to replace, Having them ready now could save us a couple of hours then, and that could make a difference." Lynch and company will travel more than 3,000 miles between Norwood and Halifax, back to Norwood, then a round trip to Maine - 3,218 to be exact. They'll be on the road right after the race in Halifax is over, driving back to Ontario, tearing the car apart, putting it back together, then on the road again by Thursday mid-day for arrival at Oxford for the Friday (July 2nd) practice session. Lynch does add that although the preparation aspect is not different, he does expect the racers will have the rich and prestigious True Value 250 in the back of their minds as they circle the Halifax oval. "I know I will," said Lynch, who has won over $40,000 USD in four True Value 250 starts and hopes to take home the lions share of the $200,000 USD being awarded this year. "Once you've tasted the thrill of being a winner of a race like that, you want it again. We might be a little more cautious at Halifax - maybe - but, we're racers, too. Once we strap in that car, we're only looking ahead to the checkered flag." A competitor of the former pro stock American Canadian Tour (ACT), Lynch says he is excited about the future of the new series and has chosen it as his primary focus. "We see the IPSC as the premiere series of this kind for the future," said Lynch, 28. "When ACT went away it left a void for racers from the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario and New England. There are other series, but they tend to be regional. When the folks at Oxford and Scotia got together and announced this series, it got my attention. They are both successful, credible organizations and that's a great place to start from." Lynch, who owns and operates Derek Lynch Racing, is a full-time builder of race cars and a Howe Racing Equipment distributor. He was so excited about the prospects of the IPSC, his company became involved as an associate sponsor of the series with the Derek Lynch Racing Most Laps Led Award which will see the competitor who leads the most laps in all six races receive a new Howe chassis complete with sheet metal. "We see a lot of depth here," said Lynch. "And look forward to an expanded schedule next year. For them to guarantee over one-half million dollars in six events is an incredible opportunity for the racers and that's why they've attracted the following they have. That combined with having good people running the deal." The total monies and awards being offered in 1999 IPSC competition now exceeds $550,000 CDN ($375,000 USD). The list of sponsors has grown to include Argo Manufacturing, Atlantic Tractors, Budweiser, Coca-Cola/Citra, Copenhagen Inc./Ultramar Corner Stores, Derek Lynch Racing, FasTrack Promotions, Forbes Chev. Olds., Grisdale Racing Products, Howe Racing Enterprises, Linco Fisheries, McCreary Racing Tires, Motor Mart, New England Dodge Dealers, Snap-on Tools of Atlantic Canada and True Value Hardware Stores. The second half of the 1999 IPSC schedule is set for July 24th and August 28th at Scotia Speedworld and September 11th at Oxford Plains Speedway. Scotia Speedworld is located at Exit 6 on Highway 102 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Oxford Plains Speedway is located on Route 26 in Oxford, Maine. Advance tickets Forbes Chev. Olds. 150 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia are available in Dartmouth, NS at Forbes Chev. Olds., Parts For Trucks, and D & D Racing; in Halifax, NS at Racing Around; in Bedford, NS at Municipal Contracting and in Yarmouth, NS at Motor Mart. Or, call Scotia Speedworld at (902) 481-2514. Reserved grandstand seats for the True Value 250 at Oxford are selling at a record pace. Call the OPS ticket office at (207) 539-8865. For more information of the IPSC, please visit our web site at www.ipschallenge.com.

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Drivers Derek Lynch