RACINE, Ohio – The American Motor Racing Ass’n has been transferred to a new ownership group.
DRIVE, a group of investors from various aspects of the racing community, has taken over ownership of the racing sanctioning body.
The mission of DRIVE is to promote dirt track racing in an effective, economical and simplistic fashion that insures a safe, level playing field for dirt modified and dirt late model racers.
Through the AMRA, DRIVE plans to keep costs for racers at an affordable level, improve and equalize competition, unite area promoters under one uniform set of rules, and energize the foundation of dirt track racing fans throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia.
DRIVE is an acronym for Driver, Race Promoter, Investment, Vision, Equitable.
Scott Wolfe, director of Racing Operations for the AMRA the past three years, will remain in that position and will be the point of contact for the new organization. Wolfe can be reached at 740-992-1490 or via e-mail at [email protected]
“I am anxious to get started,” said Wolfe. “This is an exciting time in the racing world. The new investment group is an energized, proactive group that has the genuine concerns of racers and track promoters at heart.”
The National AMRA Points Fund, which has paid out several hundred thousand dollars in cash awards over the past 19 seasons, will remain in place for 2013.
It is the AMRA’s intention to restore the weekly points to pay back 35 spots in 2013 in the open wheel modified division and to maintain the point funding commitment to the AMRA Late Model division. The sanctioning body also intends to once again offer a parts and equipment package valued at more than $10,000 for member competitors.
The revised rules package will be available in print and on the AMRA website no later than Jan. 15 and according to Wolfe, very possibly well in advance of that date.
“We want everyone to have a shot at winning,” said Wolfe. “We want the cars to be equal under the rules, and the drivers to make the difference on the racetrack. The AMRA wants a level playing field for all.”
“If a car was inadvertently or by inappropriate interpretation deemed legal last year, it Does NOT mean it will be legal this year. This is a new year under new management– a year that I think will be a year of victory for fans, drivers, and track owners/promoters,” said Wolfe.