DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. --The ASA Regional Racing program is going to get a little dirty in 2007 with the news that the Interstate Racing Association (IRA) will be doing their brand of 410 Outlaw Sprint Car racing ASA-style this season.
The ASA Interstate Racing Association will begin their 2007 schedule on April 21, embarking them on a slate of 32 events in four states – Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota. The season runs through the end of September, and will see a first-time visit to four new racetracks this year.
“We are going to continue racing in the upper Midwest, but this year we will be flying both the ASA and the IRA banners,” said Steve Sinclair, IRA President. “We have a bigger schedule than any time in our history with 32 races, at least a half dozen more than last year and we are still negotiating for a couple of more events. Bumper-to-Bumper Auto Parts is back onboard as our series sponsor and we anticipate the most competitive field in our history with five former IRA champions returning.”
One thing Sinclair is extremely proud of is that the ASA Interstate Racing Association typically has the largest member-supported car count in the country for 410 Sprint Cars. With an average field of 36 racing at each event, the field will be led by last season’s champion, Travis Whitney. Other former champions which have committed to racing for the 2007 title include Kim Mock (’94, ’01), John Haeni (’02), Donny Goeden (’99) and Scott Neitzel (’04, ’05). The full 2007 schedule can be found online at www.IRAsprints. org and www.IRAsprints. com , along with a monthly newsletter, rule book, forum and more.
“This is a very exciting announcement for us to have the Interstate Racing Association become a key part of the ASA Regional Racing program,” stated Dennis Huth, president of the ASA Member Track, Regional and National Racing programs. “They have such a rich history and put on one of the best Sprint Car shows in the industry. The ASA name is so well known in the upper Midwest where their schedule leads the series, and the Interstate Racing Association will bring another level of the great short track racing that we are so known for – only this time it will be on dirt and with open wheels. I think that the fans are ready, and I certainly am, to see the ASA Interstate Racing Association in action.”
Sinclair indicated that there were three key points to the decision to join the ASA Regional Racing program. This included access to additional publicity, one of the best insurance packages in the industry, and the ability to tap into Huth’s experience.
“We have a pretty high profile as a regional racing series, but I believe that the ASA can help us to gain even more exposure on a national level as they continue to further expand,” Sinclair explained.
“And the ASA insurance policy is certainly the best medical plan out there. We want to take as good care of our racers as possible, and we are proud to offer them access to the best policy on the market,” Sinclair added.
The ASA insurance program, always noted for its excellence, has been further enhanced by the recently announced partnership with TOPIC Motorsports Insurance (TMI). ASA Member Track operators are able to purchase general and excess liability, automobile, an expanded ASA-exclusive $500,000 participant accident medical, workers compensation and health insurance directly from TMI. Details are available online at www.TOPICinsurance.com.
Finally, Sinclair said that having access to Huth’s years of experience will prove invaluable as he continues expanding the ASA Interstate Racing Association. “Dennis has so much experience on so many levels from the weekly racing series right through running a high-profile national touring series like he did with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. I am very proud that he chose us as partners,” said Sinclair.
To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based ASA Racing Member Track program, call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For news and information from all the racetracks and regional tours involved in the ASA, visit www.ASA-Racing.com.