TORRANCE, Ckalifornia — The Legends of Ascot today announced the addition of a Special High Dollar “Winner Takes All” Match Race at the 6th Annual Legends of Ascot Event being held at Perris Auto Speedway on October 23, 2010. The race will honor the memory of longtime Southern California racers Dave Ward and Bob Michnowicz, and the winning driver will come away with more than $2,500 in cash prizes.
Four CRA drivers have been selected to participate in the Match Race. Rip Williams of Yorba Linda, Danny "Showtime" Sheridan of Santa Maria, David Cardey of Riverside, and Tony Jones of Orange. Five sponsors; Timeless Enterprises, Jack Jory Corporation, surfnsprint.com, Racer's Pub in Riverside and Hondo 500, have each donated $500.00 to the purse. However, anyone can support their favorite driver and add to the winner’s purse by contacting Bobby Michnowicz at (310) 347-6661.
There will be four separate four-lap races consisting of four cars. Prior to the first race, the drivers will draw numbers for position. The driver who draws the number one will start on the pole; the driver who draws number two will start outside on the front row. The back row will be made up of the divers who draw numbers three and four. For the second, third and fourth races, the drivers will advance one position, and by the end of the fourth race, each driver will have started one time in each position.
The winner of each race will get six points; second place will get five points, third will get four points and last will get three. The first three races will be run one after the other (meaning the drivers will line up for the second and third races without stopping). After the third race, the drivers will make a brief stop so crews can make some adjustments to their cars for the finale. They will return for the last round and the driver who ends up with the most points will collect the cash prize and a special commemorative trophy provided by Belita Michnowicz and Lois Ward.
The Legends of Ascot will commemorate its 2010 Honorees, race team owner Vel Miletich, drivers Paul Jones and Tony Simon, and track official Evelyn Pratt. In addition, Cary Agajanian, with brothers J.C. Agajanian Jr and Chris Agajanian, will receive the Legends of Ascot Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, the 2010 event's Special Guests include Parnelli Jones, and Andy and Vince Granatelli.
Racing enthusiasts from all over the US and Canada have enjoyed what has now become the largest open wheel racers reunion of its type in North America. The event celebrates the people involved in the 33 years of operation at Ascot Park, in Gardena, California, from 1957 through 1990. Past honorees include Parnelli Jones, J. C. Agajanian Sr, Hal Minyard, Allen Heath, Dean Thompson, Ted Halibrand, and Bobby Hogle to name a few.
The event is open to the public and gives race enthusiasts the opportunity to meet and talk with some of the best and most famous drivers of the era. Admission to the Event includes plenty of "bench racing", snacks, the award presentations, auctions, raffles, an excellent buffet lunch, collectible souvenir program, goodie bag, the vintage racecar display, and admission to the evening's USAC/CRA sprint car races. There are only a limited number of tickets available and, the Event sells out early. It is suggested that attendees order their tickets to the Event as soon as possible.