UPLAND, California --California Speedway has truly become one of the finest racetracks in the country for the NASCAR Nextel Cup, Busch Grand National, Craftsman Truck and other well known professional racing series and while many fans don’t get physical access to the track, Motorsports Marketing, LLC is giving fans an opportunity to get up-close and personal with the champions of tomorrow with the American Speed Association’s (ASA) Speed Truck Challenge at California Speedway.
On Saturday, June 2nd, the ASA Speed Truck Challenge opens the gates at California Speedway at 8:00 a.m. for race fans and their families to experience a whole day of practice, qualifying and exciting racing being able to sit right in the infield of the racetrack. “We are proud to offer this fun day for all of the diehard race fans to get up close and personal like they’ve never been able to before,” says Motorsports Marketing, LLC president, Jay Rutherford. “We have got a super day planned for fans that want to see racing at its finest pitting excellent drivers of all ages from all over the country. The day will include over 125 race cars and trucks coming into the California Speedway 1.5 mile road course to compete in three different series. Fans will get access to the infield, pit/garages and our Manufacturer’s Midway for pictures and autographs as well,” continued Rutherford.
FORMULA TR PRO SERIES
The Formula TR Pro Series was formed in 2004 bringing to the racing industry a chance for drivers as young as fourteen years old to move from Karting or sports racing into a more professional level of open-wheeled racing.
Their 2007 schedule will include some of the most challenging tracks on the West Coast such as, Portland International Raceway, California Speedway, and Phoenix International Raceway. It is the philosophy of Formula TR to limit the series to the west coast, thus allowing more drivers to begin their racing career early. Formula TR utilizes the combination of a high tech carbon fiber Tatuus chassis, the Sadev transmission and a reliable race proven Renault Motor. The series offers two classes to compete, the FTR 1600 and the FTR 2000, bringing to the drivers an opportunity to go from 125 horsepower HP in the FTR 1600 to 190 horsepower in the FTR 2000. This affords the ability to take the steps necessary for the driver to develop exceptional car control and advanced driving techniques. According to Telo Steward, owner of the World Speed Motorsports, “Formula TR uses the best car for young drivers to make the transition from Karting to racecars".
The success of the Formula TR Series in the developing exceptional drivers is evident with the success of the three 16-year-old drivers from Team 16 of the 24 Hours of Daytona. They all began their auto-racing career with Formula TR Series. From a professional race engineer, Jeff Braun, "Formula TR is without question the best path for young drivers where they can compete in a series well run with the emphasis on preparing them for the next step up the ladder".
TOURING CAR RACING ASSOCIATION
Touring Car Racing Association was founded in 1995 by a group of car enthusiasts who realized they had no satisfactory way of really enjoying the handling and speed of their sports cars. They wanted to explore the potential of both themselves and their cars driving at high speeds in a safe and controlled environment. Thus, was born Touring Car Racing Association.
The concept is simple: get enough people interested in doing the same thing, pool their resources, and they'll have access to something they otherwise would not. In TCRA's case, this is race tracks, and professionally experienced race organizers. Unlike formalized sanctioned racing, TCRA allows you to drive your car at whatever level of modification, from straight stock to fully race prepared, on permanent road course race tracks. Maybe you want a low-cost way to see if race driving really is as fun as it sounds, or you just want to vent a little need for speed without Smokey on your tail? Either way, TCRA offers a safe and supervised environment to test your skills, the limits of your car, and most of all have a great deal of fun driving your car in a way you just can't achieve on the streets and highways.
The series offers professionally operated events at Willow Springs, Buttonwillow, California Speedway, Laguna Seca, Sears Point, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In a typical weekend event, there are six practice sessions plus officially timed "qualifying-style" laps or 10-15 lap sprint race. While cars of many varieties may run together on the track, they are divided into different classes for purposes of timing and selection of class trophy winners for each event. Classifications are segmented primarily by two criteria: engine displacement and level of modification. TCRA members drive just about everything including Corollas, Preludes, Eclipses, Mustangs, BMWs, Porches, Corvettes, NSXs, vintage racers, all the way to retired Formula and GT endurance cars.
ASA SPEED TRUCK CHALLENGE
ASA Speed Truck Challenge (ASA STC) will premier their professional racing trucks that will be running the sixth race of its traveling championship point’s series. Speed Truck Challenge now boasts sixty-five (65) driving teams, eight different racing venues in three states for 2007, and a race schedule that rivals any other driving circuit in the country. The series is in its 11th racing year, is the largest truck racing series on the west coast and is the only one that is regularly nationally televised. The television shows are brought to you from Southwestern oval and road course race tracks including Irwindale Speedway known as "LA's 1/2 Mile Super Speedway", Las Vegas Motor Speedway's "Bullring", Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway on the Colorado River Fairgrounds, Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, CA, Firebird International Raceway "road-course" in Phoenix, AZ, Havasu 95 Raceway in Lake Havasu, AZ, and on June 2nd, from California Speedway.
The ASA Speed Trucks weigh 2450 pounds, are a full tube chassis, 108 inch wheelbase, 350 horsepower Van Gordon Racing V-8's fired by Mallory / ACCELL ignition systems, fueled by Torco and have a 2 speed direct drive transmission with an aluminum Speedway Engineering quick change rear end on 8-inch Hoosier Racing tires and will reach speeds of 145 MPH at the California Speedway road course. The Speed Trucks sport exact replica fiberglass bodies in Chevy S-10, Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger, Dodge Dakota and Toyota Tacoma. Check ‘em out at www.spedtruck.com.
RACE DAY INFORMATION
The public is invited to this tremendous racing event held at the California Speedway by Motorsports Marketing. Gates open at 8:00 a.m. and with an admission of only $10.00 per person at the track, each fan will get their own wrist band, which will allow them to spend the entire day in the racetrack infield grass seating area, in some of the driver pits and Speed Truck garage areas reviewing numerous vendors that will have an array of racing products and services to offer. Fans are encouraged to bring their folding chairs or blankets. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from co-sponsor, King Taco. Coolers, alcohol and glass bottles will not be permitted. For additional information, call 909-949-4780 or 866-873-7615.