Gio Scelzi Withdraws From Grand Annual Classic

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Gio Scelzi will not compete in the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic as originally planned. (Steve Elliott photo)

WARRNAMBOOL, Australia – Giovanni Scelzi will not compete in the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic at Australia’s Premier Speedway as originally planned.

Scelzi, 18, was scheduled to compete in the event thanks to a partnership between American team owner and Indy Race Parts proprietor Bernie Stubegen and Australian Domain Ramsay.

However, in the wake of the announcement that Scelzi would drive in select sprint car events in America for Guy Forbrook, the deal for Scelzi to race in Australia fell through.

The upcoming season is expected to be a busy one for Scelzi. In addition to competing in between 20 to 25 410 sprint car races for Forbrook, Scelzi is also scheduled to compete for the ARCA Menards Series West title while driving for Bill McAnally Racing.

Despite Scelzi’s withdrawal from the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic, there are still a number of Americans on the entry list. Kyle Larson, Tim Shaffer, Tim Kaeding, Shane Stewart, Buddy Kofoid, Kalib Henry, Cory Eliason, Carson Macedo and McKenna Haase have all filed entries to compete.