PHOENIX (Oct. 21) — The Super Chevy Show concludes its 30th anniversary season this weekend with perhaps its most-anticipated event of the year when the national touring series visits Firebird International Raceway near Phoenix on Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24.
It’s the Super Chevy Show’s first visit to the Valley of the Sun in eight years, and track operator Charlie Allen has put together an exciting schedule for the occasion. It will feature Nostalgia Funny Cars hitting the quartermile for a Night of Fire on Saturday and an Autocross that will be constructed and managed by the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. The two-day event will also include sportsman drag racing in four classes, a car show and swap meet.
The Nostalgia Funny Car show, which will turn Firebird International Raceway in a yesteryear and drag racing’s glory days, will have two qualifying sessions at noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday before a night show that features some of the best Nostalgia Funny Cars on the West Coast, jet cars, a wheelstander and motorcycles.
The Total Cost Involved/Wilwood/Currie Enterprises Autocross is also expected to big draw as well. The course will be open between 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. both days. The Bondurant group has a solid reputation among road racers, and in addition to setting up the course, will also provide some hot laps for interested parties. Mary Pozzi, who set the pace at an Autocross during the first event of the Super Chevy Show season in Las Vegas, will compete this weekend.
There will be a car show each day, with Super Chevy Magazine giving out its Top 10 Editors Choice Awards on Saturday.
The weekend will start with a test-n-tune on Friday.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Oct. 19) — The Super Chevy Show announced its 2011 schedule today, featuring 12 events, with stops at four new facilities, including an international visit to Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.
The national touring series, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this season with events in the Southwest, Midwest, South and Northeast, will broaden its reach in 2011 with races at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Fla., Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, N.C., Spokane County Raceway in Spokane, Wash. and Castrol Raceway in Edmonton.
“The 2011 Super Chevy Show schedule greatly expands the footprint of the series for fans, participants, and sponsors, now reaching down to Florida, and up into Canada,” said SCSW Board Member Billy Meyer, whose Texas Motorplex track will host an event on June 3-5. “Three of the series largest events this season were based near the East Coast, so we want to make sure we are reaching as many fans out there that want to participate, and we think that Rockingham will continue the growth in North Carolina.”
The big highlight for the 2011 schedule is the stop at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, which will be part of a back-to-back stretch in late August and early September. The event at Spokane County Raceway is scheduled for Aug. 26-28 and will be followed one weekend later by the Castrol Raceway event, slated for Sept. 2-4. Track operators for both events are working together to provide incentives for fans and participants to attend the back-to-back shows.
“Castrol Raceway is a tremendous facility,” said Rob Reeves, Castrol Raceway managing partner. “We currently host major events, ranging from the World of Outlaws, to one of the largest IHRA events on the tour. Bringing the Super Chevy Show to Castrol Raceway is a great way for U.S. fans to come up and see the beauty of Canada, and for our local audience of two million residents in Edmonton to get to see what the Super Chevy Show is all about.”
The 2011 schedule, which is up from 10 races in 2010, begins April 8-10 at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Fla. The series then shifts west to The Strip At Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nev. on April 29-May 1 before stops at Virginia Motorsports Park in Petersburg, Va. on May 20-22 and Texas Motorplex near Dallas on June 3-5.
The series summer tour features visits to Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa. on July 14-17 and Bandimere Speedway near Denver, Colo on Aug. 19-21. That is followed by the back-to-back events in Spokane and Edmonton.
“It is amazing the interest we’ve already had in Spokane, just since announcing their addition a few weeks ago,” Meyer said. “Several of the largest car clubs in the Northwest have already committed their resources to the event, and we are nearly a year out from hosting that show.”
The final stretch of the season will see races at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn. on Sept. 23-25; Royal Purple Raceway at Houston (formerly Houston Raceway Park) in Baytown, Texas on Oct. 14-16; Rockingham Dragway on Oct. 21-23 and Firebird International Raceway near Phoenix, Ariz. on Oct. 28-30.
All events for the 2011 season will feature a Friday vendor set-up and a racer test-n-tune, with car shows, drag racing and swap meets on Saturdays and Sundays. The exception will be the Maple Grove event, which is scheduled to begin on a Thursday. Five events are scheduled to include an Autocross, which were quite popular during the 2010 season. An Autocross will be held at Palm Beach International Raceway, The Strip At Las Vegas Motor Speedway; Texas Motorplex, Royal Purple Raceway at Houston and Firebird International Raceway.
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PHOENIX (Oct. 16) — The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving is an industry leader in teaching racing skills to full-time competitors, celebrities, professionals and anyone who just wants to go fast.
Now participants of next weekend’s Phoenix Super Chevy Show, scheduled Friday, Oct. 22-Sunday, Oct. 24 at Firebird International Raceway, will get to join the fun.
The driving school, widely known in the open wheel community for its expertise in teaching road racing skills, will design, execute and time all portions of the Phoenix Super Show’s Autocross event, which is one of several attractions to the final Super Chevy Show of the season. Total Cost Involved, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Currie Enterprises will host the road course-type event.
“Bob Bondurant’s (racing school) has been located here at Firebird Raceway for over 20 years,” said Firebird’s Franki Buckman, who also noted that Bondurant instructors will also be providing hot laps to interested parties. “We thought including their expertise and instructors in our upcoming Total Cost Involved, Wilwood and Currie Enterprises Autocross portion of the Super Chevy Show would help add a level of excitement to the event and specifically to the Autocross and its participants.”
Veteran autocross driver Mary Pozzi, who helped with the design of the Autocross course for the season-opening Las Vegas Super Chevy Show in April, is one competitor in particular who is excited about being involved with the Bondurant group.
“I’ll be driving Total Cost Involved’s Camaro and can’t wait,” Pozzi said. “If the car is anything like it was back in April, it should the one to shoot for.
“I know (the Bondurant group) has a mini-autocross as part of their school and that should be great.”
The Autocross will not be the only draw to the Phoenix Super Show. Another big attraction will be the appearance of eight Nostalgia Funny Cars, which will be part of a night of fire with two qualifying session and a final-round race on Saturday night.
The weekend event will also feature sportsman racing, a car show, which includes the new Bowtie Boulevard, and a swap meet.
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