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SYRACUSE, NY October 2, 2018 . . . The Indoor Auto Racing Series fueled by VP Racing Fuels will make its debut at The New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center in Syracuse, NY on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, 2019. The Syracuse program will include two complete programs with qualifying and feature events for the Three Quarter (TQ) Midgets, Slingshots and Champ Karts both on Friday and Saturday nights.

The first ever event in Central, N.Y. will be the third and final leg of the 2019 Indoor series. Following annual races inside Allentown Pa.’s PPL Center (January 4, 5) and Atlantic City, N.J.’s famous Boardwalk Hall (January 25, 26), the teams will head to Syracuse where the champions will be decided in all three divisions after two hard fought nights of racing on the building’s concrete floor.

The New York State Fairgrounds Expo Center opened during the recent Labor Day Fair. The huge state of the art $33 million project was built without obstructing poles. Grandstand seating will be available on both the front and backstretch. From their seats, fans will able to be able to see the entire speedway plus the pit area which will be located on the far side of the building.

“This is a great opportunity for fans in the area to again see exciting Indoor Auto Racing during the off-season,” series and event promoter Len Sammons said.

The headline TQ Midgets annually competed inside the Niagara Falls Convention Center from 1984 through 2002 when the building was made into a casino. The Indoor Auto Racing Series made its debut in New York last year with an event held inside Albany’s Times Union Center, but an acceptable date could not be arranged.  The Syracuse venue will be the sixth different location for a Len Sammons promoted Indoor Auto Racing Series event.

“The Syracuse location is the perfect building in just the right spot for our series,” said Sammons. “Many of the teams that competed in Niagara Falls back in the day, now have an event closer to their home. The events were also very popular with the fans so a big crowd is expected.”

Two big TQ Midget winners on the Indoor Series, Erick Rudolph of Ransomville and Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, will surely be fan favorites at the Syracuse show.

Rudolph, currently second in the Super DIRTcar Series point standings, has already clinched the 2018 Modified champion of the nearby Canandaigua Speedway. The Ransomville driver, a multi-time Indoor race and Series champion, should be the fan choice among dirt fans.

Jankowiak won the Indoor series finale in Albany last February. The popular driver recently won an asphalt Modified Race of Champions event at the Lancaster Speedway held in late father’s honor.

Justin Bonsignore, the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, is the TQ Midget Indoor Series defending champion. The Long Island driver won his first Indoor TQ Midget victory last January inside Allentown Pa.’s PPL Center on route to the title.

Over 100 drivers from eight states and two Canadian providences are expected to compete.  Other top TQ Midget drivers in the Series hailing from the Empire State include Ryan Bartlett of Watertown, Scott Kreutter of Buffalo, the Catalano brothers, Tommy and Timmy from Ontario, Oswego Speedway 2018 Supermodified Rookie of the Year Tyler Thompson from Fulton, DJ Forbes, Jr. from Syracuse, Jonathan Reid from Lockport, Mike Maresca of Hannawa Falls, and the Nye brothers, Shawn and Andrew, from Lancaster.

Competitor entry blanks and rules plus event sponsorship opportunities for all series events will be available by the end of the week at Other information is available by calling the series office at 609-888-3618 or dropping an email to Advance ticket, host hotel and other information will be available in the coming weeks.


Tyler Thompson Ready for 10th annual DT100 Karting Event for Make-A-Wish

OSWEGO, NY (February 27, 2018) – Karting and DIRTcar Sportsman standout Tyler Thompson of Fulton, NY is traveling to Scarborough, ME this weekend to take part in the 10th annual DT100 for Make-A-Wish inside the Maine Indoor Karting facility on Saturday, March 3.

Known as northern New England’s largest indoor charity karting race, the DT100 features over 100 of short track racing’s biggest stars as they face off against their race fans in equally prepared Sodi racing go-karts.

Among those competing in the event are NASCAR Modified stars Eddie MacDonald, Andy Seuss and Jason Myers, as well as Supermodified and midget ace, Joey Payne.

The DT100 will reach over $250,000 in total donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in this, their 10th and final year as an event.

“It is an honor to have been invited to this event,” said Tyler Thompson.  “I look forward to being shoulder to shoulder with some of the biggest stars in our sport as we support a great cause in the Make-A-Wish Foundation.”

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If interested in team information, or to contact Tyler, please consult team owner Jason Simmons at (315) 591-4303 or


Veteran TQ Midget driver Mike Tidaback remains in critical condition from a head injury, and related complications, received in a crash during the events at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on January 26.
On the night of the crash, Tidaback was attended to at the track by the on-site Indoor Auto Racing Series safety team, then transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. He is currently a patient in the Trauma/Critical Care Unit at that facility.
Mike’s wife, Renee, confirmed to AARN the extent of his ongoing physical complications.
“He was unconscious immediately after the accident, then in and out of consciousness that night due to massive bleeding on the brain,” said Renee. “He also suffered blockage in the main artery in the neck that required an operation to clear a blood clot.
“Mike was in a coma, from which he woke up from after two weeks,” she continued. “However, he cannot breathe on his own, and is being assisted by a breathing apparatus; and is paralyzed on the right side. There is still massive bleeding on the brain. He has opened his eyes; but there is limited brain activity. We do not know the full extent at this time.”
Tidaback has always made safety, for himself and fellow racers, a priority.
“He’s a good, clean and safe driver. Mike was always about safety and carefully checked everything over,” reflected Renee.
“That included the car’s setup, before and after each time he went on or off the track to double check. He planned months in advance for this Boardwalk Hall event, with checklists.”
Tidaback has always been a fan favorite in the TQs since beginning his career in the late-1980s at Pine Brook Speedway, with many wins in the years that have followed at his home track Wall Stadium and on the circuit. He was ATQMRA series champion in 1996 and 97, and co-champion with Don Adams in 2005.
In 2008, Tidaback won the Gambler’s Classic A-main at Boardwalk Hall; and was also a winner during the Indoor Series at Niagara Falls in 1999.
This past year, he competed in the Sportsman division at Wall, driving a car that he and Renee fielded.
“Thank you, to everyone in the racing community, for all their thoughts and prayers and support during this difficult time,” said Renee. “Our son Michael “Mikey” watched his dad race and saw the accident… the last time he visited with him was in the emergency room that night. But now, due to restrictions and no kids permitted in the hospital due to the flu outbreak, Mikey is unable to visit him and is having a hard time understanding what has happened.
“I’m there (hospital) as much as I can, to talk to Mike and let him know everyone is pulling for him. Right now, Mike needs prayers. He is very restricted as to visitors, but please send cards and messages and I will read them to him. He needs the encouragement, and to know that the racing family is praying for him.”
Cards can be sent to: Renee Tidaback, 242 Gloria Place,   Brick, NJ 08724 or go to  #Prayers4MikeT on facebook / twitter.