We'll we've still got one more race for the 2012 season this weekend (Sunday), but we've been working non-stop on getting this new race series done for 2013!
First I want to thank Chris Dingman for all his help with me in getting this new idea off the ground! I started putting this idea forward around July and we've been working hard at it since (wish these things could happen overnight! lol ) We had originally planned on only bringing this series to Tulsa to start with, but after a few rumors got out, St Louis called (Woody) and wanted in! We were all to glad to have them become part of it as well, however the idea had to be sold to the CEO of Gateway, so Chris and I loaded up, and went to pitch the idea! We've been back and forth from Gateway / Tulsa now several times and many hours but think we've got enough "thumbs up" from them to start giving out the details! Dates are set in "near stone" (ADRL is still to come and this will make a possible difference for a couple of the races for St Louis/Tulsa, so we've had to give a little for that, but still aware that you all would like to start planning).
We didn't want to make many changes to what's been working over the past 6-7 years..... we were more interested in expanding the series to new tracks and new racers! With that being said we've made a few changes and will have them posted on our site as soon as we've got Tulsa/St Louis to sign off on them (we're sending them over today and hoping to get ok'd tonight or in the morning).
This will be a 9 race series, with each track having 3 races per track. We are planning on using Sunday as a "rain date" for all races except one (schedule conflict in St Louis). The points series purse will be a minimum of 3X what we've done (because all 3 tracks are contributing) in the past and still have more sponsors and goodies we're picking up everyday to add to it (still have the IMIS and PRI show to go and grab more goodies for the racers)! Mickey Thompson and VP appear to be onboard in a great way also! Racers will be able to throw 2 races away and use their best 7 for points. However, to qualify to win point, you must use points from each track at least once. The only change to ALL classes is a "diaper" is required and not just suggested. Cheap, cheap insurance for you racers ($150.00 diaper)
I really didn't want to post anything unitil we had it in stone and could make rules / dates available to all, but felt I'd better post something due to the rumor mill!
Again thanks to Chris for his help, and certainly Mike (Gateway) and Woody for becoming available, and Todd / Keith the same (Tulsa). Hang on for the complete details ..... in just days!
Any questions feel free to email myself (Mitch Chance) or Chris Dingman (or call)