First test of new pavement car

Initial Testing Results Positive For New USAC Silver Crown Car The evolution of America's premier front-engine, open-wheel racecar has entered its next stage and officials of the United States Auto Club and Riley Technologies of Indianapolis,...

Initial Testing Results Positive For New USAC Silver Crown Car

The evolution of America's premier front-engine, open-wheel racecar has entered its next stage and officials of the United States Auto Club and Riley Technologies of Indianapolis, Ind. are enthusiastic following completed construction and successful initial tests of a new pavement Silver Crown car.

Four primary objectives safety, simplicity, economics and performance have all been achieved, according to USAC President/CEO Rollie Helmling, which will enable the car to compete on tracks larger than a mile in length, beginning in 2006.

"This project is one of the most ambitious in USAC's history," said Helmling. "It obviously has generated a great deal of interest in the sport and has incorporated the latest technology to produce what we believe to be a safe and competitive racing machine. We are extremely excited about the possibilities for this new car and look forward to the progress of this program as we enter our Golden Anniversary season."

The basic design and concept of the current Silver Crown car has been retained, while modifications have been made in the interest of safety. Current Weld Racing Silver Crown teams and drivers will find most of the mechanical components similar to those currently employed, which will lead to easy adaptation and understanding of the new chassis.

USAC commissioned Riley Technologies in the fall of 2003 to prepare a prototype for testing. Following initial tests at a half-mile facility, the car was taken to the wind tunnel at Langley Air Force Base in Langley, Va. for further evaluation. Additional track testing was conducted at a 1-1/2 mile facility producing positive results and acceptance of the design parameters.

"We were very happy with the way we were able to get the car up to speed and meet the objectives," said Riley Technologies Vice President Ron McMahon. "Both drivers who drove the car were pleased. The stability of the car has been significantly enhanced over the current car and will provide great racing for fans in the future."

USAC's current Silver Crown car is an upright, front-engine, open-wheel car with a tubular frame that competes on both dirt and paved ovals from one-half to one mile in length. The new car is designated for competition at paved tracks in excess of one mile in length, offering larger purse structures and enhanced recognition, experience and exposure for series participants, while continuing the tradition of competing at tracks on the existing schedule.

The rules package for USAC's dirt-track Silver Crown cars will remain unchanged, while the new pavement car is expected to debut in competition in the 2006 racing season. The series will remain a combination of pavement and dirt events.

Existing and prospective new car owners will be able to utilize the new car specs to construct their own machines.

The new Silver Crown pavement car is slated for unveiling at the annual Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis December 9-11. More information regarding the new car and its introduction into the racing marketplace will be available at that time.

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