LM: Matthias Czabok joins series

Matthias Czabok brings international flavor to the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts 2005 season. The 2005 season for the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts is not only attracting the top drivers from...

Matthias Czabok brings international flavor to the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts 2005 season.

The 2005 season for the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts is not only attracting the top drivers from around the United States of America, drivers from all over the globe have expressed a desire to compete with the cars and stars of the ASA Late Model Series. German born pilot, Matthias Czabok has announced plans for a partial 2005 schedule with the series fielding a second car for UB Machine and car owner, Greg Urbine, who already owns and prepares the entry for Jack Smith, who finished fifth in the final 2004 points chase.

"We're going focus at this point on Jack Smith's # 28 car first and foremost." Said Czabok when asked about the upcoming 2005 season. "Jack is running for the series championship and that is the number one priority. Greg (Car Owner, Greg Urbine) and I discussed the option that I probably will run three to five ASA Late Model Series events later this year. I hope we can get enough budget in to run a second car in Mansfield, as well as IRP and the last two Baer Field events." Czabok continued.

In 2004, Czabok ran with the now defunct ASA National Tour posting a season high 18th in the final ASA NT event at Atlanta (GA) Motor Speedway. During a racing career that began in 1982 in Europe, Matthias raced 250, 350, and 500cc Grand Prix Bikes in Germany. Later on he changed to open wheel Indy style cars and participated in the German Formula Renault Championship series. In 1991 he made a career change and switched to the other side of the proverbial fence. Czabok became a co-owner in what are now the Fed-Ex CART Series and later the IRL Indycar Series, as part of Blair Racing. Alex Barron was the last driver for Blair Racing before the team folded at the end of the 2002 season.

Currently, Czabok, who was born in Nuernberg, Germany and now resides in Ashland, Ohio, holds down the position of Vice President of Business Development for Clear Channel Communications (www.clearchannel.com) as well as the International Hot Rod Association (www.ihra.com) Clear Channel Communications is part of the Clear Channel family of companies, which includes other quality entertainment brands such as broadcast and Internet radio stations, television stations, Clear Channel Outdoor, Clear Channel Entertainment, and the Premiere Radio Networks.

"With a full time position with Clear Channel and the IHRA, it is hard to cut time out of my schedule to make room for going racing." the 38-year-old added. "We actually had everything ready to go to the first ASL event at Odessa, Missouri, but unfortunately, related to other business obligations we had to call this off. With the Hooters IHRA National tour, the Kumho Street Warriorz Series and our Night of Fire events I have a total of 45 events to take care of, work takes first priority." Ended Czabok.

Well known around the world for its drag racing, the IHRA sanctions National and Local drag racing series' and drag strips all over the United States. Including the National IHRA Hooters Racing Series, this is the main traveling tour for the series. Also the Kumho Street Warriorz Series, the Mr. Gasket Pro-Am Tour, the PM-1 Junior Nationals, the Summit Team Finals, and the Night of Fire Series are several of the series' that the IHRA sanctions all over the country in regard to Drag Racing.

As for the 2005 season, plans call for Czabok to run a second Ford Taurus fielded by Greg Urbine of UB Machine in select shows during the ASA Late Model Series campaign. As well as select shows with the ASL Series. To find out more about the 2005 season for Matthias Czabok, please log onto his web site at: www.czabok.com

For more information on the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts, point your browser towards: www.asalatemodels.com

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Series Stock car
Drivers Alex Barron , Jack Smith