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Champions Tour to Put Racing Legends Back on Track

OSRCT
Wednesday, December 12, 2007

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Old School Racing Champions Tour car

Some of racing’s greatest drivers are getting ready to ride again.

The Old School Racing Champions Tour (OSRCT) along with racing legends Jack Ingram, Dave Marcis, and Larry Pollard unveiled the first race car out of the stables of Old School Racing.

The OSRCT car, reminiscent of one that David Pearson used to pilot in his hay-day, carried a gold No. 21 on the sides and the OSRCT logo on the hood. The unveiling was the official announcement of the Old School Racing Champion’s Tour into the racing world. The car that was unveiled is set up identically to the vehicles that will take to the track when the green flag flies on the inaugural OSRCT season in May of 2008.

The OSRCT race car is stocked with a crate 450 horsepower engine and has 105 inch wheelbase. In addition the OSRCT race car also has removable nose and tail pieces that will make for quick and easy repair at the track.

The series will run a 10-race schedule. A champion will be crowned at the New Smyrna Speedway near Daytona Beach Florida in February of 2009 during a Last Chance and Championship Race.  All tracks on the schedule are ¾ a mile or less and include such venues as two-time Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway, the Music City Motorplex, Southside Speedway, Hickory Motor Speedway, South Boston Speedway, Flat Rock Speedway and the Springport Speedway.

The series is open to former winners in any of NASCAR’s top three series, former ARCA, CART and Indy Car Champions, or previous Indianapolis 500 winners that are not currently competing full-time in any of those series.

“These drivers are legends in auto racing and I hope that OSR can provide a platform that will allow us to show them how much we appreciate what they have done for this sport,” said Weaver. “They deserve recognition as the pioneers of racing and it is the least we can do for them at this stage of their lives."

“This is a huge day for us,” said Norm Weaver Managing Partner of the OSRCT. “To see the first race car unveiled and have some of racings biggest names do the honor just shows how huge this series will be.”

Having the car unveiled at the PRI show makes this even bigger for us. This is the largest racing trade show in the world and there was no better venue to unveil the first OSRCT hot rod.”

NASCAR racing veteran Randy LaJoie has headed up the safety initiatives on the OSRCT race cars. He has been responsible for much of the design and safety implementation the car currently has. LaJoie will continue to work to make the car the safest possible for the drivers, crews and fans.

“Safety is priority number one for the OSRCT,” added Weaver. “We want to make sure our drivers feel safe in each and every car that we put on the track.”

The debut of the OSRCT first “hot rod” is just the start of many big things to come.  For more information refer to the Old School Racing website at www.osrct.com

Drivers Committed so far

00 Johnny Rumley

32 Tim Fedewa 75 Bob Schacht
08 Bobby Dotter 44 Andy Santerre 92 Larry Pearson
7 Harry Gant 46 Carl Long 98 Larry Pollard
11 Andy Hillenburg 48 James Harvey Hylton Geoff Bodine
11 Jack Ingram 59 Robert Pressley Derrike Cope
12 Ronnie Silver 63 Chuck Bown Phil Parsons
14 Larry Moore 71 Dave Marcis Tracy Leslie
21 David Pearson 74 Randy LaJoie Joe Ruttman
25 Bill Venturini Dick Trickle

Schedule

Date

Race Track Affiliate Race
(SUN) May 18 Concord Speedway Cup All-Star Race
(THUR) May 22 Concord Speedway Cup Lowes M.S.
(FRI) June 13 Spartan Speedway Cup Michigan
(THUR) July 3 New Smyrna Speedway Cup Daytona
(FRI) July 18 Music City Motorplex Cup Weekend Off
(FRI) August 15 Springport Speedway Cup Michigan
(WED) September 3 Langley Speedway Cup Richmond
(WED) October 8 Hickory Speedway Cup Lowes M.S.
(WED) October 15 South Boston Speedway Cup Martinsville
February 11, 2009 New Smyrna (Last Chance Race) Cup Daytona
February 12, 2009 New Smyrna (Championship Race) Cup Daytona

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