FF: CAL: Irwindale opener preview

California Ford Focuses Debut Saturday At Irwindale The opening event in the 2004 USAC California Ford Focus Midget Car Series is scheduled Saturday, March 27 as part of the "Mopar Twin 25s at Irwindale" racing program at Irwindale...

California Ford Focuses Debut Saturday At Irwindale

The opening event in the 2004 USAC California Ford Focus Midget Car Series is scheduled Saturday, March 27 as part of the "Mopar Twin 25s at Irwindale" racing program at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway.

Todd Hunsaker and Josh Lakatos captured USAC's 2003 California Ford Focus titles (South and North) but the March 27 program is attracting an international field of competitors. Included among those planning to compete are Ford drivers Jimmy Vasser, Patrick Carpentier and Michel Jourdain, Jr!

A 25-lap Ford Focus feature event is scheduled on Irwindale's 1/3-mile paved oval, while the USAC National/Western Midgets will compete in a pair of 25-lappers on the Irwindale 1/2-mile.

Other top competitors expected to challenge for the Irwindale victory are 2003 "Rookie of the Year" Ryan Kaplan of Chico, Calif. and 2003 "Most Improved Driver" Chris Rahe of Placentia, Calif.

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Series USAC
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Patrick Carpentier , Chris Rahe , Josh Lakatos , Ryan Kaplan