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ALLENTOWN, PA November 8, 2017 . . . New England Asphalt Modified specialist Keith Rocco has plans to run in the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels trio of races to be held this coming winter. Len Sammons Motorsports Productions received confirmation from Rocco declaring his intentions to race in the Allentown (PA), Atlantic City (NJ) and Albany (NY) races.

Rocco, who has never driven a Three Quarter Midget nor raced indoors, has acquired the car Ryan Preece has raced in recent Indoor races with considerable success.

Preece recently announced that he will drive the car now solely owned by Donnie Preece, Ryan’s uncle, in the three-race Indoor Auto Racing Series. Donnie Preece acquired sole ownership of the car from the late Ted Christopher’s wife Quinn shortly after the racing legend’s death in a private plane crash.

With a top car underneath him, Rocco, of Wallingford, CT, who won track championships this season at Waterford Speedbowl, Thompson Motorsports Park and Stafford Motor Speedway, is certain to rank among the pre-race favorites.

Rocco will be in the field when the series opens for 2018 at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA., for the Ironton Telephone sponsored events on Friday and Saturday, January 5 and 6. He will return to the NAPA Auto Parts Indoor Auto Racing Weekend in Atlantic City, NJ, on January 26 and 27. Then, Rocco will then square off in neutral territory in the first ever Indoor race event in New York State, set for February 9-10, 2018 in the Times Union Center in downtown Albany, N.Y.

To succeed, Rocco will have to go up against experienced indoor TQ Midget drivers in what is a very specialized racing discipline.

New Jersey native Ryan Flores of Mooresville, N.C., will be racing his No. 15 Lafler TQ Midget at Wall Stadium’s Turkey Derby in the TQ Midget feature over Thanksgiving Day weekend in preparation for the indoor opener.

Flores has spent his working life in NASCAR’s upper tier series. He currently works on the Woods Brothers No. 21 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team driven by Ryan Blaney.

When Blaney moves from the Wood Brothers Ford to a third team owned by Roger Penske in 2018, Flores and the rest of the team will move with Blaney to the No. 12 car.

Also a contender for victories and the championship is Jimmy Blewett of Howell, N.J., recently crowned Wall Stadium 2017 Modified champion. Blewett has been a contender for Indoor Auto Racing Series victory for five years but has yet take the checkered flag.

You never can rule out Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY. An eight time winner and three time Indoor Racing Series champion, Rudolph was a close second to Flores in last year’s title chase. He will be coming off a career best outdoor season on dirt that produced 17 wins and the BRP Modified Tour championship.

Driving a TQ Midget on the Indoor Series is a perfect off-season workout for the drivers. The TQs are open wheel race cars, specifically adapted for racing in the tight indoor speedway confines. Powered by a 750cc motorcycle engine, the car and driver weigh only 825 pounds allowing them to ignite to speeds up to 75 mph. The unbelievable racing, with lap times under eight seconds, has produced huge fan attendance.

These are not cookie cutter race cars held in a box by a large rule book. The suspension and car design are open to the team, making it a throwback style of racing.

The Ironton Telephone Allentown event schedule calls for racing to start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Three Quarter (TQ) Midgets will run a full program of racing with feature events both nights. Champ Karts will be racing in a complete show on Friday night, with the Slingshots on Saturday night.

For choice tickets, contact the PPL Center Box Office by phone at 610-347-TIXX (8499), online at pplcenter.com. The 2016 event was a sell-out.

The series moves next to the NAPA Auto Parts Indoor Auto Racing Weekend in Atlantic City. For tickets, contact Ticketmaster, the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, or the Area Auto Racing News office at 609-888-3618.

The finale will be a first annual event in New York State, on February 9-10, 2018 in the Times Union Center in downtown Albany, N.Y. For choice tickets, contact the Times Union Center Box Office, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000, or visit online at ticketmaster.com.

Further information is available at indoorautoracing.com, email to motorsports@aarn.com or by calling 609-888-3618.


TRENTON, NJ October 9, 2017 . . . The Indoor Auto Racing Series will return to Trenton, N.J. this year for the fifth straight year. While the building hasn’t changed, its name has as well as the racing surface the race cars will be competing on.

Wingless 600cc Micro Sprints will be headlining this year’s two-day program racing on a clay surface on Friday and Saturday December 1st and 2nd.

It was announced this week that the Sun National Bank had lost the naming rights of the Center to Cure Auto Insurance. Thanks to a new multi-year agreement Mercer County’s 10,000 seat center will immediately be renamed the CURE Insurance Arena. Terms of the deal were not announced.

The arrangement includes exterior and interior signage and brand recognition in all advertising for the facility. The arena’s website domain changed immediately to reflect the arena’s new name (www.cureinsurancearena.com).

“CURE’s positive brand association resonates strongly throughout our community and will be helpful in generating excitement around the arena and our events,” said Spectra’s Fran Rodowicz, General Manager, CURE Insurance Arena. “We are fortunate to collaborate with CURE and their valuable marketing prowess to help us cross-promote the arena.”

The venue’s new naming rights deal will coincide with exciting new entertainment coming to the arena including the first East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals. Over 60 600cc Micro Sprint teams from eight states have already entered the event.

Fans wishing to purchase tickets on line will now need to go to the new web-site, www.cureinsurancearena.com. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 1-800-298-4200.

Complete information on the event, including racer entry forms, remains available from the indoorautoracing.com. Links to tickets and local hotels are also available at this location.

The race, a first of its kind in New Jersey is being produced by Len Sammons Motorsports Productions as one of four Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels events. It will be the only event on the series held on clay surface and it will not count towards the overall series point championship.

The schedule of events calls for heat races awarding passing points and four A-qualifier feature races on Friday night. On Saturday ‘Alphabet mains’ will determine the starting lineups with racers having the opportunity to advance from F, E, D, C, and B to the 40 lap A-Main.

Saturday’s A-Main will pay its winner $5,000 to win (for enrollees in the Gamblers program). Fifth place pays $1,000. Twenty four starters will take the green flag in the A-Main with $200 offered up to start the event.

Contingency award sponsors to enhance driver payouts and a title sponsor for the event are being sought. Sponsorships are available for all events. For information, e-mail Danny Sammons at danny@aarn.com.

Event number two is the Ironton Telephone Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series races on Friday and Saturday, January 5-6, 2018 inside the PPL Center in downtown Allentown, Pa.

The two days of racing consist of a complete program of racing for Three Quarter (TQ) Midgets both nights. Slingshots and Champ Karts will also be in competition.

The race meet will be a two-day event, with the dates moved away from the holiday weekend as was the case in 2017. Tickets for premium seats are expected to go quickly. Early ticket purchase is advised.

Race number three is the NAPA Auto Parts Indoor Auto Racing two day racing weekend on Friday and Saturday, January 26-27, 2018 inside historic Boardwalk Hall on the ocean at Atlantic City, N.J.

The two days of racing are highlighted by the running of the 16th annual TQ Midget Gambler’s Classic Saturday night.

The finale of the crowded, energized 2017-2018 slate is the first Indoor Auto Racing event in New York State, on February 9-10, 2018 in the Times Union Center in downtown Albany, N.Y.

Race fans in New York State will experience the thrill of high-speed auto racing in the dead of winter for the First Annual Albany Indoor Race a brand new event for New York State.

The Albany race is the finale of the Len Sammons Motorsports Productions Indoor Auto Racing season and will be the scene of the crowning of the 2017-2018 Series champion.

Sponsorships are available for all events. For information, e-mail Danny Sammons at danny@aarn.com.

For further ticket information, rules and competitor entry forms, please visit www.indoorautoracing.com. or call 609-888-3618.