FRESNO, Calif. — Officials of the National Midget Driver of the Year Championship announced the expansion of the program to include the inaugural Western Midget Driver of the Year for the 2013 season and beyond.
The program will allow several hundred drivers to compete for a major regional open-wheel championship and involves all midget races sanctioned by USAC Western States, BCRA, VRA and WMRA.
“David Prickett of the USAC West office laid down a lot of the ground work for this, I believe it will help consolidate and improve the working relationships between the four associations on the West Coast, along with increasing car counts,” said Bryan Gapinski, founder and director of the NMDOTY.
The race associations and many tracks hosting midget events are excepted to make a point contribution, along with participation in the promotion of this program.
The recently completed 2012 racing season marked the 14th season of the NMDOTY. Jerry Coons Jr. captured his second NMDOTY title in five years, with 517 drivers scoring points at 189 events, nationwide.
“Twenty-three West Coast midget car owners, with 38 entries will be competing at the upcoming Lucas Oil Chili Bowl next week, I plan to meet personally with each team owner and discuss this program and answer all questions regarding it,” said Gapinski.