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Racing Series Set to Return to Action Under ISCARS Banner

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Racing Series Set to Return to Action Under ISCARS Banner

ISCARS Public Relations
July 13, 2005


Local Racing Action at Shenandoahs Opening Night July 9th
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - International Sport Compact Auto Racing Series (ISCARS) began an aggressive journey last February to organize races for a compact stock car series that is determined to fulfill its niche in the world of motorsports.

“The timing is really right for us,” states Randy Claypoole, President of ISCARS. “With the current rage surrounding the sport compact industry and also the popularity of stock car racing, we are the only series that combines the two.”’

ISCARS will take to the track for the first time in 2005 as the inaugural event for the brand new Shenandoah Speedway (shenandoahspeedway.com) which is nestled in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia’s scenic mountains. Race day is Saturday, July 23rd.

Excitement surrounding the event continues to build as a steady flow of entries continue to be filed at ISCARS’ headquarters in Ormond Beach, FL.

Just this week, the brother combo of Jake and Justin Hobgood announced their commitment to run the full schedule of ISCARS events. For the Hobgoods, these cars have been a family tradition since the early 90’s. Their dad, Will Hobgood, made his mark as Rookie of the Year, Champion, Most Popular Driver and winner at Daytona International Speedway. Justin also won Daytona, and Jake was the series Champion in 2002.

Other notables set to return are Johnny Chapman, driving for Mickey York; Danny Bagwell, Scott Weaver, Mike Watts, Ned Combs, and Brandon Ward who will be behind the wheel of the Robert Huffman owned entry. The list continues with several veteran drivers and also a group of new drivers bringing both viability and validation to the reality that the series has a bright future.

“This series was formulated as an economical means to gain and showcase racing experience at a higher level of competition at many of the same tracks familiar to fans of stock car racing. ISCARS intends to build upon that tradition by returning to super speedways in 2006,” states Claypoole.

“We are also working with other entities within the sport compact industry to co-promote Sport Compact Weekends at venues with a circle track and drag strips.”

“There is an enormous push on the sport compact market, with a multi-billion dollar after market parts industry, the tuners, the audio installers, and even the car manufacturers, such as General Motors as they look to their newest sport compacts, the GTO and the Cobalt, to re-energize their market share. Toyota Racing Development continues to back the series, having used it to prepare for a successful launch into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2004. Auto racing is the place to research advance technology, and vie for the interest of a broad demographic of consumers,” says Claypoole. “ISCARS is stepping up to the plate with a solid plan to fit the bill.”

ISCARS plans five events between July and October.



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