IPSC LOOKING AHEAD TO NEW MILLENIUM Organizers for the International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) are making plans for the year 2,000 and beyond with the announcement of an expansion to as many as 15 events on their calendar for next year.
IPSC LOOKING AHEAD TO NEW MILLENIUM Organizers for the International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) are making plans for the year 2,000 and beyond with the announcement of an expansion to as many as 15 events on their calendar for next year. With six races under their belt (four in ‘99, two in ‘98), the touring series is answering the call for a full-fledged, professional forum for the ultimate level of short track racing, the exciting pro stock racers. In yet another major announcement regarding the IPSC in the year 2,000, organizers say an agreement has been reached with Scotia Speedworld in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to stage the richest pro stock race ever presented in Canada. The two-day event will see the winner of the 200-lap feature take home a minimum $10,000. “We’re pleased to be able to announce this so early,” said Randy Black, Competition Director for the IPSC. “It not only helps us as we move forward, but also enables the competitors to begin putting their programs together.” The series, currently in its first full season, has attracted the attention of some of the biggest names in short track stock car racing in all of Eastern Canada and Northern New England. 104 teams have attempted to compete in the four shows run this year. “We see the need for a series of this caliber,” Black said. “With the response we’ve had from the fans and the feedback from the racers and sponsors, this was the next obvious step. We see this as taking our series, and motorsports in this region, to the next level. Today’s announcement is the first step in that process. “We’ve had inquiries from tracks all over Eastern Canada and New England looking for dates next year. We anticipate announcing our full schedule by mid-September.” Maine’s Ben Rowe and Nova Scotia’s Scott Fraser are locked in a heated battle for the 1999 IPSC championship, swapping the points lead from race to race and neither giving the other any leeway. With two races remaining on the ‘99 schedule, Fraser holds a two point lead over Rowe. The champion will receive $15,000 from the $50,000 points fund and the Kelly Cup, named for the 1998 series champion, Scott Kelly, who lost a two-year battle with cancer on May 2nd of this year. The series resumes action on August 28th with the Atlantic CAT 150 at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax, Nova Scotia and concludes with the Citra 150 on September 10th at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine. Visit the IPSC web site at www.IPSChallenge.com.