Season opens for C.A.R.S. at IRP

C.A.R.S. opens 2002 season this Saturday. (Terre Haute, IN) The Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) season opener is set for this Saturday, May 4th at Indianapolis Raceway Park. CARS has sanctioned the weekly stock car racing at IRP since...

C.A.R.S. opens 2002 season this Saturday.

(Terre Haute, IN) The Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) season opener is set for this Saturday, May 4th at Indianapolis Raceway Park. CARS has sanctioned the weekly stock car racing at IRP since 1999 and will continue to provide exciting stock car and race truck action at the famed track for the 2002 season.

This year's schedule consists of 12 events and includes four "100 Lap" races, a special appearance at Winchester on June 22nd and a road course race at IRP on Sunday, October 6th.

The popular grassroots racing series has a new owner in Terre Haute businessman Jim Mills. Mills, a veteran of open wheel, stock car and stock truck competition, including the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, has also been a long-time contributor to points funds in several series through his Terre Haute-based Turbines, Inc. After purchasing CARS, Mills moved the headquarters to Terre Haute where he has also built a state-of-the-art race shop to build the stock cars/trucks for the series. Competitors can purchase a new car/truck complete with a sealed 305 Jasper Engine and transmission, ready-to-race, for less than $20,000.

"We're here to make racing affordable and competitive," said Mills. "I don't think you'll find a better car or truck offered to the weekend racer for this kind of money anywhere else in the country. We have an excellent package that makes for great racing."

A lucrative $50,000 points fund was announced earlier this year for the series, quadrupling the 2001 championship payout. With approximately $33,000 in cash and an additional $17,000 in contingency prizes, CARS has become one of the most rewarding series for the weekend racer in the midwest.

Mills has added several new sponsors for the 2002 campaign. B&P Drywall has just announced that they will sponsor the $100 weekly Dash for the Cars. Jasper Engines will sponsor the weekly $100 Fast Qualifier award for both cars and trucks. Miller Welder has signed on as the Hard Charger Award sponsor, pledging a Miller welder at the end of the season for the Hard Charger in each division.

CARS is also proud to announce a new host for its television show "Stock CARS Magazine." Veteran motorsports broadcaster Mike King, anchor of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network, will take over the helm of the weekly highlights show which will air on WXIN-TV/Fox 59 in Indianapolis. The 30-minute show airs Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. beginning May 4th.

Gates will open Saturday at 4 p.m. with racing scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission with children 12 and under free. For more information, call 1-866-398-CARS. Fans can also find information on the CARS website at www.champautoracingseries.com. <pre> CARS 2002 SCHEDULE Saturday, May 4th First Race at IRP Saturday, May 11th 100 Laps - IRP Saturday, May 25th Night Before the 500-IRP Saturday, June 8th IRP Saturday, June 22nd Winchester Saturday, June 29th 100 Laps - IRP Saturday, July 6th 100 Laps - IRP Saturday, July 13th IRP Saturday, July 27th IRP Saturday, August 10th 100 Laps - IRP Saturday, August 17th IRP Sunday, October 6th Road Course - IRP

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