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MAX McLAUGHLIN ENTERS INDOOR RACING SERIES STARTING AT ALLENTOWN, PA JANUARY 7-8

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ALLENTOWN, PA NOVEMBER 30, 2021 . . . In just five weeks, the 2022 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP will take the green flag inside Allentown, PA’s PPL Center.  

The race weekend is set for Friday and Saturday, January 7-8, 2022. The races in Allentown will be the first since 2020 when Covid-19 forced the stoppage of the season finale at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY.

BELFOR Property Restoration Services, provider of professional 24/7 residential and commercial restoration services has signed on to be a presenting sponsor of all three Indoor Series races in 2022.  

After Allentown the series will head to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on January 28 & 29 and conclude in Syracuse, NY at the NY State Fairgrounds Exposition Center on Friday and Saturday, March 11 & 12.

The recent entry of Max McLaughlin, one of the brightest young racing prospects in the nation with wins on both dirt and pavement, has sparked fan interest.

‘Mad Max’ will be driving a TQ Midget owned by Frankie Caprara of Watertown, NY. Both driver and owner will be making their first starts in the Indoor Auto Racing Series.

Tickets for the two days of racing in Allentown are on sale now. To order online visit www.pplcenter.com. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the arena box office, open only during events hosted at the arena including Lehigh Valley Phantoms games

Among the drivers McLaughlin will have  to beat is local favorite Briggs Danner, a Lehigh Valley, PA native who drove a TQ Midget to victory, outdoors, at Wall Stadium last Saturday, November 27 in a car owned by Matt Janisch of Nazareth, PA.

Additional entries are currently being accepted by the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP for its trio of 2022 races. 

“We expect that competitor interest in the TQ Midget, Champ Kart and Slingshot classes will be at an all-time high since we haven’t raced at all in over a year,” Series organizer Len Sammons noted.

TQ Midget race cars will headline all the programs with high speed excitement competing on speedways set up on the concrete floors of three arenas. Slingshots and Champ Karts will complete the tripleheader programs.

The biggest Indoor Auto Racing Series PPL Center TQ Midget race winner is Ryan Flores of Mooresville, N.C.

Like Danner, Flores won a race at last weekend’s Turkey Derby, his coming in a 100-lap Factory Stock race.

Flores, who works for Roger Penske’s NASCAR Cup organization, will be seeking his fifth victory at the PPL Center in January.

Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y. is the only other repeat winner. Justin Bonsignore and Scott Kreutter of New York and local driver Matt Janisch of nearby Nazareth, PA each have one victory.

Ironton Global, the leading international provider of cloud-based communication services, headquartered in Coplay, PA, is the title sponsor for the Allentown event.

Future Homes of Kunkletown, PA, a home construction company, specializing in residential, multi-family, and energy efficient buildings, has also returned as the presenting sponsor for the Saturday night card of racing.

The Allentown schedule calls for doors opening at 6:00PM with racing getting underway at 7:30 PM on Friday. On Saturday, doors open and Fan Fest begins at 5 PM with racing starting at 7:00PM sharp.

The on-track Fan Fest is available at no extra charge to ticket holders who chose the option when making their purchase. This allows access to the speedway where the cars competing will be on display for photos and drivers available for free autographs.

Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y. was the 2020 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP TQ Midget Car champion by a slim margin over Rudolph.

Series information including links for purchasing tickets, hotel rooms and racer entry forms are available on the series website: www.indoorautoracing.com.

Sponsorship opportunities remain for all Indoor Auto Racing Series races.

For more information, contact Danny Sammons at danny@aarn.com or call 609-888-3618.

Corporate sponsorship packages are available to fit every budget.

ENTRIES NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR INDOOR RACING EVENTS AT ALLENTOWN, ATLANTIC CITY AND SYRACUSE

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TRENTON, NJ NOVEMBER 22, 2021 . . . Entries are currently being taken by the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP for its trio of 2022 races. The Indoor Series races were scheduled for 2021 but did not take place owing to the effects of the pandemic.

TQ Midget race cars will headline all the programs with high speed excitement competing on speedways set up on the concrete floors of three arenas. Slingshots and Champ Karts will complete the tripleheader programs.

The dates for the 2022 Indoor Auto Racing Series opener are Friday and Saturday, January 7-8, 2022 inside Allentown, PA’ s PPL Center, January 28-29 in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall with the series finale in Syracuse, NY on March 11 & 12.

Tickets for the Ironton Global sponsored events in Allentown and the NAPA Know How Atlantic City events are on sale now and can be purchased online through links available online at www.indoorautoracing.com. Tickets are also available at the arena box offices during operating hours. Tickets for the season finale in Syracuse, NY will be on sale shortly.

“We expect that competitor interest in the TQ Midget, Champ Kart and Slingshot classes will be at an all-time high since we haven’t raced at all in over a year,” Series organizer Len Sammons noted.

“For that reason, we are strongly advising race teams to enter as soon as possible to avoid being shut out. Entries are limited at both Allentown and Syracuse because of space constraints in those two buildings,” Sammons reminded.

In Allentown, the TQ Midgets, Slingshots and Champ Karts will all compete both days with Friday featuring semi-feature events leading up to Saturday’s feature events. The Champ Karts and Slingshots will race for a top prize of $1,000 on Saturday night, with TQ Midget winner taking home $3,000.

On Friday night, drivers will be racing towards a spot in Saturday night’s main events in Allentown, as well as bonus money for fast time and semi-feature race winners. The series is actively seeking sponsors to get involved to increase the rewards for racers on Friday night.

The biggest Indoor Auto Racing Series PPL Center TQ Midget race winner is Ryan Flores of Mooresville, N.C. The former New Jersey resident who changes tires for Roger Penske’s NASCAR Cup series team, will be seeking his fifth victory at the PPL Center in January.

However, a long list of drivers will be looking to keep Flores out of victory lane including 2020 Series Champion and back-to-back Atlantic City Indoor Race winner Andy Jankowiak.

In Allentown, Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y. is the only other repeat winner. Justin Bonsignore and Scott Kreutter of New York and local driver Matt Janisch of nearby Nazareth, PA each have one victory.

The Allentown schedule calls for doors opening at 6:00PM with racing getting underway at 7:30 PM on Friday. On Saturday, doors open and Fan Fest begins at 5 PM with racing starting at 7:00PM sharp.

Racing at the annual NAPA Know How Weekend will again include triple 20 qualifiers for the headline TQ Midgets on Friday night followed the 40 lap Gambler’s Classic on Saturday. The wild and crazy Slingshots and darty Champ Karts will make up the tripleheader programs.

A closed-to-the-public practice night will again be held on Thursday evening January 27.

The 2022 series finale will again be in Syracuse at the Expo Center located on the grounds of the New York State Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, 2022.

“It was great to hear from so many dedicated racers and fans who so dearly missed last winter’s Indoor Racing Series because of the Covid restrictions that forced their cancelation,” said Sammons.

“The events have become much more than just a race, but a gathering of friends who share the same love of the sport and great competition, and from all those we’ve heard from, each are eager to get to winter Indoor Auto Racing.”

Series information including links for purchasing tickets, hotel rooms and racer entry forms are available on the series website: www.indoorautoracing.com.

Corporate sponsorship packages are available to fit every budget. For more information, contact Danny Sammons at danny@aarn.com or call 609-888-3618.

ATLANTIC CITY INDOOR AUTO RACING EVENTS CANCELLED FOR 2021

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COVID-19 RELIEF NOT COMING QUICK ENOUGH, ATLANTIC CITY INDOOR RACE CANCELLED FOR 2021

TRENTON, NJ February 5, 2021 . . . The Atlantic City NAPA Auto Parts race weekend has officially become the fourth and final COVID-19 victim of the 2021 Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series fueled by VP Racing Fuels. The 19th annual event promoted by Len Sammons inside the famous Boardwalk Hall had originally been planned for January 29th and 30th.

The race weekend was then postponed a month to the end of February in hopes that conditions would improve and restrictions be loosened allowing the event to held. However, strict New Jersey State gathering restrictions have remained in place for large seating indoor arenas.

While a recent trend of improving COVID-19 cases and a growing number of vaccination gives hope for the future, it has come too late to salvage the Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series fueled by VP in 2021.

“It’s with great regret that we cancelled the fourth and final scheduled race on our indoor series this year because of the virus,” said Len Sammons, who brought the return of indoor racing to Atlantic City in 2003 when Canadian Andy Mackereth won the first ‘Gambler’s Classic’.

On Friday, just two days before the NFL Super Bowl, Gov. Phil Murphy announced plans loosen gathering limits, however the new restrictions still do not allow an event the magnitude of the Indoor Races to be held.

“We have been waiting and hoping for conditions to improve to a point that the Governor would feel comfortable relaxing restrictions. On Wednesday when it was announced that restrictions would be lifted we were hopeful that the event could be a possibility, but unfortunately we aren’t there yet.”

The latest guidelines call for slightly relaxed indoor restrictions in New Jersey by increasing capacity limits from 25% up to 35% for indoor dining and other businesses, while allowing restaurants to stay open past 10 p.m. 

The Governor, however, did not remove or lessen a cap on the indoor gathering size which remains at 150 people. Despite the size of Boardwalk Hall and the adjoining West Hall where the pit area is set, that’s simply not enough allowed into the buildings to present a race no less allow spectators to attend.

Atlantic City now joins previously cancelled ‘concrete’ events featuring the TQ Midgets, Slingshots and Champ Karts in Allentown, PA’s PPL Center and the New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center in Syracuse. The East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals scheduled for February 19 and 20 at the CURE Insurance Arena was also a victim of the gathering restrictions.

Dates for all four ventures will be announced in the coming weeks. They are expected to be on the same, or close to the same, weekends as planned in 2021.

The pandemic hit in March of 2020 after the indoor racetrack at the New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center had been built. The closure of the Fairgrounds was announced 24 hours before racing was scheduled to begin that Friday night and it has yet to open.

“I feel so bad for our dedicated racers, our staff that take such great pride in presenting the event and most of all our loyal fans who support the Indoor Racing Series,” said Sammons.

“I can guarantee you we will all work hard to make our return to Indoor Racing bigger and better than ever in 2022. Our racers will be more eager than ever to bring home a win, if that’s possible, and the staff of each of the venues has been working during their dark times to make building improvements.”

Indoor racing in Atlantic City, N.J. was scheduled to make its debut under the promotion of George Stockinger on Saturday, January 16, 1965 but a blizzard snow storm forced its cancellation. A week later, however, the event was held and Dick DeYoung became the first TQ Midget winner there.

Stockinger’s promotion of Atlantic City events came to an end when Nick Fornoro Jr. was the race winner on February 1, 1981.

Under Sammons leadership racing returned 22 years later and had been held annually until this year’s event. Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y. was the most recent winner in 2020.

“I am dying with all of the AC memories popping up on my feed right now. Can’t wait to get back at it,” said Jankowiak, the 2020 Indoor Auto Racing Series champion as well, last week, a time he should have been spending in Atlantic City.

To keep up with all the latest news on the series keep checking in at www.indoorautoracing.com or contact Series organizer Danny Sammons at 609-888-3618 or indoorracing@aarn.com.