(May 30) - The International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) breaks new ground this weekend with the running of the Whelen 150, the series first event in the province of Quebec. Autodrome Montmagny, just 20 miles east of Quebec City, will play host to...
(May 30) - The International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) breaks new ground this weekend with the running of the Whelen 150, the series first event in the province of Quebec. Autodrome Montmagny, just 20 miles east of Quebec City, will play host to what is expected to be the strongest field of pro stock race cars ever assembled in the province.
Ralph Nason, an IPSC competitor and owner of Autodrome Montmagny, is very enthused in anticipation of the Whelen 150.
"This is big," said Nason, who purchased the facility last fall. "You might say it's the Daytona 500 of Quebec. There is nothing else like this up here and there hasn't been for a few years. These fans love this kind of racing and with the names we've got coming, the show can't help but be a good one."
Nason holds the track record for a timed lap around the 1/3-mile oval at 16.461 seconds, set August 7, 1998, more than a year before he bought the place.
"It's a fast track," said Nason. "These guys will probably be going 130 mph/210km at the end of the back stretch."
The Whelen 150 is the second of six scheduled IPSC/NEPSA combination races for the 2000 season, an alliance formed for this year which will see all of the top NEPSA names on hand. It is event number three on the 11-race 2000 IPSC schedule. The Whelen 150 offers a minimum $5,000 U.S. to the winner from the total posted awards that exceed $29,000.
Joining the mix of already strong competitors from the IPSC and NEPSA will be Norwood, Ontario's Derek Lynch. Lynch, who ran a limited IPSC schedule in 99, had other racing commitments this season but is expected to be a strong contender at Montmagny.
Other entries include, from Nova Scotia: Leo Cochrane, Mike MacKenzie, Marty Prevost, Mike Riley, John Flemming and Steve Henderson; from Maine: Gary Bellefleur, Larry Gelinas, Gary Smith, Chuck Lachance, Ben Rowe, Tom Mayberry, Sam Sessions, Kenny Wright, Kirk Thibeau, and Adam Friend; from New Hampshire: Andy Shaw. Quebec native Sylvain Metivier should also be on hand.
All of the action kicks off Sunday at Noon with the Snap-on Tools Time Trials. Racing action starts at 1 with the Motor Mart Heat Races. The Autodrome Montmagny weekly racers will be providing support class action with the Kamikaze, the Coors Light Semi-Pro and the Pepsi Amateur divisions. Grandstand gates open at 11 a.m. Pit gates open at 7:30 a.m.
For more info on the IPSC, check our web site at www.ipschallenge.com.