(June 11) - With the waving of the green flag for the International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) Forbes Chev Olds 150 at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax, Nova Scotia only days away, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia's Mike MacKenzie is excited. He's...
(June 11) - With the waving of the green flag for the International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) Forbes Chev Olds 150 at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax, Nova Scotia only days away, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia's Mike MacKenzie is excited. He's had a good start on the track and is currently second in series point standings but even bigger than that MacKenzie has announced he will be piloting the No. 02 Forbes Chev Olds Monte Carlo for the remainder of the 2000 IPSC season.
"We're really pleased to have gotten this together," said MacKenzie. "Securing a primary sponsor for the season is just what we needed to ensure we will not only be at all of the rest of this year's IPSC shows, but wthat we ill have the funding to be competitive.
"Perfect timing, too," added MacKenzie. "With the next race on our schedule being the Forbes Chev Olds 150 on June 17th, we hope to be able to put the Forbes Chev Olds entry in victory lane."
In the last four IPSC races at Scotia Speedworld, MacKenzie has garnered three thirds and a fourth-place finish, tied with Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia's Scott Fraser for the best average finish in those four events (3.25 average). MacKenzie also won the Snap-on Tools Time Trial Award at the IPSC event held at Scotia Speedworld in August, 1999. With eight races remaining on the 2000 season, MacKenzie trails points leader Andy Shaw (Center Conway, New Hampshire) by a mere 25 markers.
Having been a racer since the early 80's, MacKenzie is quite analytical about his current standing.
"It's like this," said MacKenzie, "we're pleased to be where we're at and sometimes even think it's pretty cool, especially given the level of competition in this series, but, then we have a reality check and remember we can't let our guard down and get lazy. The better you get, the harder you need to work. And it's a team effort. The car has to be right, but so does everything else. We've really worked to increase our level of preparation this year. We're disappointed in anything less than a win at every race, but at the same time are satisfied if we feel like we've done our best. As for the points, we're just taking each race as it comes and we'll see how it shakes out later in the season."
Total posted awards for the Forbes Chev Olds 150 exceed $32,000 U.S. with the winner guaranteed a minimum $5,000 and having the opportunity to take home over $8,000, which includes the Copenhagen Inc./Ultramar Corner Stores Pole Challenge - a bonus program which offers $3,000 (Cdn.) to a top five competitor on the starting grid who relinquishes their starting spot to take the rear of the field. If they win the # # #
race, they get the $3,000, if they don't win, they still get $100 per position gained.
In conjunction with the Forbes Chev Olds 150, Forbes Chev Olds will be hosting a public gathering at their Portland Street location in Dartmouth on Friday, June 16th between 6 and 9 p.m. The function will feature an Autograph Session with as many as 10 IPSC drivers and race cars on hand, a cookout (proceeds to charity) and prize draws including advance tickets for the Forbes Chev Olds 150.
Race day activities on June 17th will see the pit gates open at 11 a.m., followed by practice for both the IPSC entries and the Scotia Speedworld Weekly Racing Series divisions. Snap-on Tools Time Trials start at 4:30 and the Motor Mart Heat Races start at 6. Heat races for the Scotia Speedworld cars will take place during the afternoon with features for those divisions providing support class action during the evening show. Grandstand gates open at 1.
Advance tickets for the Forbes Chev Olds 150 are available in Halifax at Racing Around; in Dartmouth at Forbes Chev Olds, Parts For Trucks, Amber Contracting and D & D Racing; in Elmsdale at the Elmsdale Superstore, and in Yarmouth at Motor Mart.
Scotia Speedworld is located opposite Halifax International Airport at Exit 6 off Highway 102.