2006 to reflect series' expansion

USAC's 2006 Silver Crown Series Reflects Expansion The United States Auto Club, which celebrates its Golden Anniversary this season, will experience unprecedented expansion of its premier racing series in 2006. ...

USAC's 2006 Silver Crown Series Reflects Expansion

The United States Auto Club, which celebrates its Golden Anniversary this season, will experience unprecedented expansion of its premier racing series in 2006.

Development and realization of the recently-unveiled futuristic USAC Silver Crown Championship race car will allow for racing at new high-profile venues for America's most competitive motorsports series.

Homestead-Miami and Kansas Speedways are among tracks expected to be a part of the expanded 2006 racing calendar, with discussions in progress for new events at Kentucky and Nashville Speedways, in addition to already-existing Silver Crown venues.

The series' presence at these high-profile facilities and its potential inclusion with major traditional racing weekends is expected to generate increased exposure for the series through major media outlets and television. Accelerated prize money for events at tracks longer than one mile in length is also an element of the 2006 Silver Crown Series slate.

The new USAC Silver Crown pavement car was introduced at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis, Ind. in December, following successful testing at short tracks and superspeedways.

The prototype, constructed by Riley Technologies of Indianapolis, exhibits the safety features sought by USAC in preparing for this series expansion. Sidepods, a newly-designed front nose and attenuator-style tail are part of the new car, which maintains the basic traditional Silver Crown design while offering maximum protection for the driver.

Specifications will be distributed to traditional Silver Crown Series car builders who are anticipating construction of their own unique racing machines in the coming months in preparation for the 2006 season.

Larry Contos of Anderson, Ind., one of USAC's most respected Silver Crown car owners, is extremely excited about prospects for the new series after his driver, Jason McCord, served as the car's primary test driver. "This is what we have all waited for and I'm behind this 100%," he says. "I can't wait to see this series finally receive its due and I think today's race fans of all ages will be thrilled with the competitive events we will provide at these longer ovals."

"USAC's Silver Crown Series has already proven to be one of the best for providing new talent for my NASCAR Nextel Cup team," says Ray Evernham, whose 2005 team includes sensational USAC graduate Kasey Kahne. "This new car, which allows this series to expand to include the nation's longer speedways, will add another piece to the puzzle for developing driver skills on the larger tracks and I'm excited to see this concept come to fruition. One look at the talent this series has provided in the past tells you there is an undisputed history here of proven excellence."

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Drivers Kasey Kahne , Jason McCord