FF: USAC, Ford agree to five year commitment

Ford Racing and USAC agree to 5 year USAC Ford Focus Midget Series commitment. (Indianapolis, IN) - The United States Auto Club and Ford Racing Technology have reached an agreement to extend Ford Racing's sponsorship of the USAC Ford Focus...

Ford Racing and USAC agree to 5 year USAC Ford Focus Midget Series commitment.

(Indianapolis, IN) - The United States Auto Club and Ford Racing Technology have reached an agreement to extend Ford Racing's sponsorship of the USAC Ford Focus Midget Series through the 2008 racing season.

Since the series inaugural race in Southern California in March of 2002, the USAC Ford Focus Midget Series has grown to include regional championships in Southern and Northern California, the Midwest, the Carolinas and a weekly racing championship at the Indianapolis Speedrome. During the 2004 season more than 100 cars will contest the five championships in nearly 95 events on both dirt and paved oval racetracks.

This contract extension not only reaffirms Ford Racing's commitment to USAC, the Ford Focus Midget Series competitors, and grassroots racing but it provides the backing to ensure the series continues to prosper.

"This announcement reinforces Ford Racing's commitment to the USAC Ford Focus Midget Series. More so, it provides long-term stability for the series and gives it a foundation for success few series at the grassroots level enjoy," said Dan Davis, director, Ford Racing Technology.

"The additional commitment on behalf of Ford Racing Technology and USAC through the end of 2008 is a 'milestone' event for open wheel racing. We look forward to the continued exciting and explosive growth this series is experiencing," said Rollie Helmling, President and CEO of the United States Auto Club.

"I am certain that during the term of this agreement we will see many young racers who are starting in the USAC Ford Focus Midget Series advance to the pinnacle of motor sports and be on their way to becoming racing legends. USAC is honored and privileged to join with Ford Racing in this great endeavor which racers and enthusiasts will enjoy for years to come," Helmling continued.

The USAC Ford Focus Series will also hold the first national Ford Focus Midget Car event, The Belleville USAC Ford Focus Midget Nationals, at the Belleville High Banks in Belleville, KS, on July 27, 2004.

SCREAM, of Harbor City, CA., will continue to be the official engine supplier for the series. The engines for the series are based on internally stock 2.0-liter Ford ZETEC engines, use mechanical fuel injection, methanol fuel and each car features an onboard starter and clutch eliminating the need for the traditional push trucks.

Aside from the convenience the onboard starter and clutch provides, the engine package has been incredibly reliable under extreme conditions. Some Ford Focus Midget Series competitors will be starting their third season with the same engine, a testament to the series' engine and rules package.

The 2004 USAC Ford Focus Midget Series will kick off the 2004 season with the Carolina Series opener at Hickory Motor Speedway, Hickory, NC, March 20, while the California teams will open at Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, CA on March 27. The Midwest Series traditional first race will again be held at Anderson Speedway, Anderson, IN, on April 4. Weekly racing at the Indianapolis Speedrome, Indianapolis, IN, begins May 5.

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