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TOMMY CATALANO READY FOR ALLENTOWN, PA INDOOR AUTO RACING ACTION, JANUARY 3-5

FRESH FROM FIRST MODIFIED TOUR WIN IN SOUTH CAROLINA, TOMMY CATALANO READIES FOR INDOOR RACING SERIES ALLENTOWN OPENER JANUARY 3-5 WITH NEW HOMEBUILT THREE QUARTER MIDGET

ALLENTOWN, PA NOVEMBER 26, 2018 . . .  Twenty year old Tommy Catalano, who recently scored his first Tour-Type Modified win in early November at Myrtle Beach, SC, is eagerly anticipating his return to the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels events.

The first of three series races to be held on the concrete floors of arenas in three different states will be at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA. The Ironton Telephone sponsored events will be held on Friday and Saturday January 4th and 5th with complete programs including qualifying races and feature events both nights.

“I’ve won some pretty big races up north, but this is the first time I ever won in a Tour Modified,” Catalano, of Ontario, NY, said. “So this is a huge win for us. My next goal is to win an indoor TQ Midget event.”

Catalano and his family-owned team traveled 14 hours – each way – travel from suburban Buffalo, NY to Myrtle Beach to race. This past season they competed on both the Race of Champions and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours where he won the Rookie of the Year award.

Catalano, who has competed in the Indoor Auto Racing Series for the past several years, has something new up his sleeve for the 2019 season.

He has in the past has run both a Lafler chassis car and an experimental Tim Nye chassis.  This car will be his first effort in a TQ Midget with ten, not 13, inch tires.

“I’m building a new car for the Indoor Series,” Catalano revealed. “A wide tire car. We think a 10 inch wide tire is the way to go.”

Catalano will breaking from the norm building a car based around the smaller wheels, something Andy Jankowiak used to win the series finale in Albany, N.Y. in February of 2018.

Though Series rules allow for two different types of wheels, a 10’ and a 13, the majority of the TQs in recent years have been 13’ wheel cars.

The young driver, a Rochester Institute Of Technology (RIT) student, has taken an active role in the development of the new TQ Midget.

Racing against as many as 60 rival drivers and teams, Catalano will be going to post in all three of the series races at Allentown, PA, Atlantic City, NJ and Syracuse, NY this winter.

Catalano and Jankowiak will be joined by several other Modified Touring Series regulars in pursuit of victory.

Heading the list will be Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, Long Island, NY, and the defending Series champion. Bonsignore is also the reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series champion and a winner in Allentown in 2018.

Timmy Solomito, a close friend of Bonsignore and a fellow competitor on the NASCAR Tour from Islip, NY. is also entered.

Timmy Catalano, Tommy’s younger brother, will also be an entrant.  Timmy also competed on the Indoor series, the RoC circuit and in local Sport Modified in 2018.

Teenager Andrew Molleur of Shelton, CT., who ran in several NASCAR Whelen Modified and Tri Track Open Modified Series events late in 2018, is also fielding a car for the three-state series for a second season.

Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY is expected to once again be a point title contender.  Rudolph, who finished second this season on the Super DIRTcar big-block Modified series, has won three Indoor Auto Racing Series titles. The Ransomville, N.Y. hot-shoe has five Indoor Series A-Main wins, second overall to the late Ted Christopher,

The Slingshots will join the TQ Midgets on Saturday’s docket and the Champ Karts will be part of Friday’s double-header. The two divisions will run qualifying races and feature events both nights.

Information, including ticket and hotel links, is available at indoorautoracing.com. Other information and select tickets to all event are available by calling the series office during regular working hours at 609-888-3618.

Tickets for the Allentown races are also available by calling 610-347-TIXX, or stopping at the PPL Center box office at 7th & Hamilton Street in Allentown. Those wishing to avoid online fees may purchase directly at the Box Office, but are encouraged to do so in advance to avoid possible box office lines the day of the event.

The Allentown Indoor Auto Racing race will be preceded by the second annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals, a non-point event, set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 13-15, 2018 inside the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ.

Following the Ironton Telephone Allentown Indoor weekend, racing shifts to Atlantic City for the 17th running of NAPA Auto Parts Weekend, highlighted by the running of the prestigious TQ Midget Gamblers Classic. Event dates are Friday and Saturday, January 25-26, 2019

The final event of the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels takes place at a new venue, the New York State Fairgrounds Exhibition Center in Syracuse, NY. on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2019.

THREE TIME INDOOR CHAMPION ERICK RUDOLPH READY FOR INDOOR AUTO RACING ASSAULT

ERICK RUDOLPH READY FOR INDOOR RACING ASSAULT ON DIRT AND CONCRETE AFTER BEST YEAR YET OUTDOORS

ALLENTOWN, PA NOVEMBER 14, 2018 . . . Erick Rudolph, a three time Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP champion (2012, 2015, and 2016) is ready to contend for the 2019 Series crown. The Ransomville, N.Y. wheelman, who finished second in the points the last two seasons, will begin his title hunt when the TQ Midgets race on the concrete floor of the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa. The fourth annual Ironton Telephone race weekend will be held on Friday and Saturday January 4-5th with complete shows each night.

But first, Rudolph, will compete in the second annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 13-15, 2018 inside the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ. For this non-point event, Rudolph has secured a dirt 600cc Micro Sprints ride owned by Tom Fraschetta as a teammate to 410 Sprint car legend, Brian “The Edge” Montieth. 

Rudolph spent his formative years in racing on pavement before switching to dirt tracks. The 26 year-old is coming off a career season finishing second in points on the tough Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series. He also won track titles in New York State at Ransomville and Canandaigua.

During the season Rudolph won ten Dirt Modified features at seven different race tracks over three states and one Canadian province.

A five time A-Main Indoor Series winner on concrete, Rudolph and master TQ Midget car builder Mark Laflter struggled a bit last season with a newly designed chassis.  The two are back together this year with hopes of returning to victory lane and claiming a fourth title together.

Justin Bonsignore, who earned his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series title in October, grabbed his first Indoor Auto Racing Series championship in 2018. The Holtsville, Long Island, N.Y. driver started his championship season with a victory at the opener last January in Allentown.

Other experienced Indoor TQ drivers filing entries for Allentown include Anthony Payne of Fairlawn, N.J., a first time winner on last year’s series.  Other entries include Ryan Tidman, Holland, PA; Tyler Thompson, Fulton, NY; Matt Roselli, Brodheadsville, PA; Jon Reid, Lockport, NY; and the Catalano brothers, Tommy and Timmy from Ontario, NY.

Rudolph won the inaugural event in January of 2016 in front of a sold out crowd. Ryan Flores of Cornelius, NC swept both nights of the December 2016 events. Bonsignore and Dirt 360 Sprint driver Scott Kreutter from Buffalo, NY had the hot hands indoors last January.

The Slingshots will join the TQ Midgets on Saturday’s docket and the Champ Karts will be part of Friday’s double-header. The two divisions will run qualifying races and feature events both nights.

After Allentown attention shifts to historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ for the running of the prestigious 17th Annual NAPA AUTO PARTS Racing Weekend on January 25-26, 2019.  The series finale takes place at a new venue, the New York State Fairgrounds Exhibition Center in Syracuse, NY.  on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2019.

Information, including ticket and hotel links, is available at indoorautoracing.com.  Other information and select tickets to all event are available by calling the series office during regular working hours at 609-888-3618.

Tickets for the Allentown races are also available by calling 610-347-TIXX, or stopping at the PPL Center box office at 7th & Hamilton Street in Allentown. Those wishing to avoid online fees may purchase directly at the Box Office, but are encouraged to do so in advance to avoid possible box office lines the day of the event.

JUSTIN BONSIGNORE READY TO DEFEND INDOOR AUTO RACING SERIES CROWN

SEEKS REPEAT VICTORY INSIDE ALLENTOWN, PA’S PPL CENTER

ALLENTOWN, PA October 25, 2018 . . . Justin Bonsignore enjoyed a career 2018 season winning the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels Three Quarter (TQ) Midget championships. The 30 year old driver from Holtsville, N.Y. is hoping to begin his 2019 season as he did this year with a victory inside Allentown, Pa.’s PPL Center on Friday and Saturday, January 4th and 5th.

Bonsignore would fail to win the other four Indoor TQ Midget events in the winter of 2018, but his consistency helped him clinch his first series championships.

When the outdoor season began in March, Bonsignore was already in mid-season form. He scored his first NASCAR Modified win of the season at the Thompson Icebreaker and would sweep all four events at the track, including the season ending World Series. The Long Island, N.Y. native also won two events close to home in Riverhead, N.Y. and solo races in Seekonk, Mass. and Bristol, Tenn. Winning eight of sixteen tour races earned him first NASCAR title.

Bonsignore’s TQ Midget, which like his Tour Modified is black and green and carries the number 51, is currently being prepared for his return to Allentown. The fourth annual Ironton Telephone races will again be held on the concrete floor inside the beautiful PPL Center in downtown Allentown. The headline TQ Midgets will be competing in a complete show Friday and Saturday night, January 4th and 5th. The Champ Karts will run a complete program as part of Friday’s show with the Slingshots joining Saturday’s event.

Three-time Indoor Auto Racing Series champion and former Allentown winner Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y. hopes to knock Bonsignore off his perch this winter. But first, Rudolph is chasing his own Modified championship on dirt. Currently ranked second on the Super DIRTcar big-block Modified series, Rudolph is seeking top finishes in the final two events of that series at the Dirt Track in Charlotte, N.C. on November 2nd and 3rd. Rudolph, like Bonsignore, hopes to end his outdoor season with a Modified series championship.

Rudolph will then go head-to-head against Bonsignore in Allentown in a clash between the dirt and asphalt super stars.

The Indoor series will then move inside historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. for a winner’s trophy Bonsignore has on his bucket list. The NAPA Know How Weekend on Friday and Saturday, January 25-26, 2019 includes the 17th annual running of the Gambler’s Classic. Ryan Flores, of Cornelius, N.C., the 2017 series champion won the 2018 Gambler’s Classic for TQ Midgets and Bonsignore hopes the tradition continues.

The Indoor Auto Racing Series comes to an end with a first stop at the New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center in Syracuse, NY on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9. The Syracuse program will include two complete programs with qualifying and feature events for the TQ Midgets, Slingshots and Champ Karts on both nights to decide the series championship for all three divisions.

Tickets for the Allentown races are available on-line through a link at the series web-site, indoorautoracing.com, by calling 610-347-TIXX, or stopping at the PPL Center box office at 7th & Hamilton Street in Allentown.

Tickets for Atlantic City are available at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Select tickets for Allentown and Atlantic City are available at the Area Auto Racing News/Len Sammons office at 609-888-3618 for tickets Monday through Friday from 9 to 4:30. Purchase your tickets together and pay only one shipping charge!

Advance tickets for the Syracuse event will be available in the coming weeks.

The three race Indoor Auto Racing Series season is preceded by the second annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals being held at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ.

The event featuring the 600cc wingless Micro Sprints will again with racing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night December 13th – 15th. Racing will start at 7 PM on Thursday and Friday, 5 PM on Saturday.

Information, including ticket and hotel links, is available at indoorautoracing.com or by calling the series office during regular workings at 609-888-3618.