USAR: USAR prepares for 2001 season

Fayetteville, GA -- Ready to roar and rumble here they come to a track near you in 2001. In just 47 days the green flag will fly and the 2001 season will begin for the United Speed Alliance Racing Hooters ProCup Series at USA International ...

Fayetteville, GA -- Ready to roar and rumble here they come to a track near you in 2001. In just 47 days the green flag will fly and the 2001 season will begin for the United Speed Alliance Racing Hooters ProCup Series at USA International Speedway. The upcoming season will be the most exciting and challenging yet for the five year-old series.

After enjoying another successful season - a season which gave Bobby Gill the chance to rewrite the USAR record book on the way to a second consecutive championship - the series will experience a 50 percent increase in the number of races and introduce six new states and Canada to USAR and its Hooters ProCup Series.

Over 117 drivers collected points during last season and, as of the second week of January, 95 drivers have already registered for competition in 2001. USAR will also introduce a new format to declare its national champion with the "Four Champions

Championship Series." This new format promises to bring an exciting and challenging process for Hooters ProCup Series drivers and their teams.

The 2001 season will introduce the first season USAR will pay out over $1 million in points fund awards. The national champion will once again collect a lion's share of $250,000; however, the top 50 finishers in the points standings will collect post-season awards.

USAR will once again begin its season at USA International Speedway and visit familiar tracks that have hosted Hooters ProCup Series races. Ten tracks from the 2000 schedule will once again host races. In addition to USA International Speedway they are: Florida Speedpark, Ace Speedway, Hickory Motor Speedway, New River Valley, Peach State Speedway, Myrtle Beach Speedway, Concord Motorsport Park, South Boston Speedway, Lonesome Pine Raceway and Montgomery Motor Speedway.

The expanded schedule for 2001 will include 12 new tracks on the schedule. Two of the new tracks will host Southern Division events while the remaining 10 tracks will feature Northern Division or FCCS events.

Coastal Plains Raceway in Jacksonville, North Carolina and Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida will host Hooters ProCup events for the first time, while Jennerstown Speedway will lead a group of first-class facilities to host events in the Northern Division.

In addition to Jennerstown Speedway, Chicago Motor Speedway, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Thompson International Speedway, Chemung Speedrome, Louisville Motor Speedway, Holland Speedway, Winchester Speedway, Illiana Speedway and Cayuga Speedway will host events in 2001.

"We are very excited about our 2001 schedule," said USAR Director of Series Development Tony Cox. "USAR has worked closely with these facilities to put together a short track schedule that is one of the best if not the best in the nation. Our goal is to be the premiere short track series in the nation and we feel we are moving forward with that vision with our 2001 schedule."

The 2001 USAR Hooters ProCup Series will feature 30 races during a 10-month schedule that will award over 3 million dollars in purse and points fund awards. USAR would like to thank Hooters, Eastern Foods (makers of Naturally Fresh Dressings and Dips along with Jackaroo Sauces), Goodyear, Miller Beer, Lucas Oil Products, Sunoco and A-Plus MiniMarts, and along with its family of associate sponsors in keeping this series in the forefront of sponsor, fan and competitor friendly racing.

-Tim southers

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