FF: USAC announces Midwest and North Carolina series

USAC announces Midwest and North Carolina based USAC Ford Focus Midget Series regions. (Indianapolis, IN) The United States Auto Club (USAC) and Ford Racing have seen their vision for affordable entry-level Midget Car racing validated as the...

USAC announces Midwest and North Carolina based USAC Ford Focus Midget Series regions.

(Indianapolis, IN) The United States Auto Club (USAC) and Ford Racing have seen their vision for affordable entry-level Midget Car racing validated as the USAC Ford Focus Midget Series has grown by leaps and bounds in less than one full year of racing. Based on demand from competitors and race organizers, USAC will be creating a new USAC Ford Focus Midget Series to be headquartered in North Carolina.

The North Carolina USAC Ford Focus Midget Series is tentatively scheduled to kick off the 2004 racing series with a double header on March 19th and 20th. Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway, Hickory Motor Speedway, Tri County Motor Speedway, Friendship Motor Speedway and Carolina Speedway are all scheduling Focus Series dates for next season. Hank Scott Racing, Concord, NC, will serve as the official USAC Ford Focus engine service and parts center for the Southeast and Tracy Trotter, Denver, NC, will work as the liaison between USAC, the race organizers and Focus Series competitors.

In addition to the new Focus Series region in North Carolina, USAC will rename and expand the USAC Indiana Ford Focus Midget Series. For the 2004 racing season, the Indiana Series will become the USAC Midwest Ford Focus Midget Series. The expanded Midwest Series will consist of 30 to 35 events conducted in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan. Ford Racing and USAC expect as many as 40 new cars to join the 25 currently registered for the Indiana Series.

The USAC Midwest Ford Focus Series will continue to race at many of the Indiana venues (Anderson Speedway, Lawrenceburg Speedway, Plymouth Speedway, South Bend Speedway, Gas City I-69 Speedway and Bloomington Speedway) on the 2003 schedule and add additional facilities in Ohio, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan. Hawkeye Downs Speedway, Cedar Rapids, IA, Red Hill Raceway, Sumner, IL, and Limaland Motorsports Park, Lima, OH, have all committed to hosting one or more Midwest Series Focus events in 2004. USAC officials are currently working with additional tracks to fill out the 2004 Midwest Series Schedule.

"The expansion of the USAC Ford Focus Midget Series speaks directly to the continued demand for affordable, reliable entry-level racing," said Dan Davis, director, Ford Racing Technology. "Open-wheel USAC racing is one of the best places for up and coming drivers to hone their skills and with the further expansion of the Ford Focus Midget Series, more and more budget conscious competitors will have that opportunity," said Davis

"We are very excited to take the USAC Ford Focus Midget Series to North Carolina and the surrounding states, as well as continuing the growth in the Midwest and Western States. This illustrates the interest in the series not only from the participants but also the fans and race organizers," said Rollie Helmling, President and CEO, United States Auto Club. "The growth represents the exciting, high quality racing the Focus Series provides at a cost that allows many new owners and drivers to participate in USAC Open Wheel Racing, " Helmling emphasized.

The USAC Ford Focus Midget Series features a specially prepared and sealed Ford Zetec engine. The Zetec engine powering the Focus Series cars is internally stock and the same power plant currently used in the Ford Focus. Each 178 HP USAC Ford Focus motor is prepared by SCREAM in Harbor City, CA.

"Every Ford Focus engine in our series has performed above all the expectations we had when the series began in California in March of 2002," said Eric Bunn, USAC's Focus Series Coordinator. "The power, reliability and drivability of the SCREAM prepared Zetec engine have proven to be the perfect foundation for affordable entry level midget car racing," Bunn continued.

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