INDIANAPOLIS – A special fund to honor the memory of the late Steve Howard has been established to benefit participants in the upcoming eighth annual Louie Vermeil Classic USAC events at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway.
The target is to be able to award each night’s feature winners with a $10,000 paycheck. The midgets currently are slated for $10,000 to win while the Steve Howard Fund hopefully will generate the additional boost to also provide for $10,000 paychecks for the sprint car winners.
Howard, a noted authority on the history of sprint racing in California, passed away last December and his support of motorsports was legendary. It was his impetus which helped create the Louie Vermeil Classic and he raised thousands of dollars every year for the Glenn Howard Memorial race, named after his father.
A long-time participant himself, Steve continued his passion for the sport assisting his father at So. Cal Performance in Downey, Calif. supplying parts and advice on setups.
The Sept. 5-6 Calistoga program features both the AMSOIL USAC-CRA Sprint Car Series and Honda USAC Western Midget Series in two nights of spectacular racing action on one of America’s most exciting half-mile dirt ovals.
All proceeds raised through this Steve Howard Fund will be directed to the event to elevate the sprint car purses and create a “Steve Howard Racer’s Award Bonus.”
Details regarding donations to the Steve Howard Fund will be announced soon and can be found by contacting HMC Promotions at 900 Riverside Avenue, Roseville, Calif. 95678 or by calling HMC at 916-772-8722.