KOKOMO QUARTER MIDGET CLUB ANNOUNCES USAC AFFILIATION
The Kokomo Quarter Midget Club, headquartered in Kokomo, Ind., has become the first to announce its affiliation with the United States Auto Club's (USAC) new "Point .25 Midget" initiative.
USAC's new development series director James Spink is excited about the Kokomo affiliation. "We are extremely pleased to have them on board," said Spink. "USAC has always served as a springboard for careers in motorsports and our quarter midget operations will be an extension of that, while providing a level playing field for families who want to engage in our sport. The Kokomo club has a great history, as do we, and we look forward to our combined efforts to enhance this sport."
Memberships, rules and a dedicated presence on USAC's website are all assets the Kokomo club will acquire under its new USAC affiliation.
"We are proud to add the Kokomo club to our growing list of valued associates and we look forward to providing them a comfortable, yet competitive atmosphere for their endeavors," said USAC President Kevin Miller. "We certainly look forward to welcoming them into our family and attentively monitoring the achievements of their participants."
The concept of USAC's quarter midget involvement encompasses sanctioning of clubs, districts and regions, with each club or region conducting its own series of races and championship. USAC will host four district championships and a national event in 2009.
"The Kokomo club's record of accomplishments is extensive," continued Miller. "We expect many graduates from the Kokomo quarter midget ranks to pursue their racing dreams like quarter midget graduates Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Jason Leffler, Bobby East and Tracy Hines have done in the past, extending their careers under USAC's banner."
Jeremy Jameson, President of the Kokomo Quarter Midget Club, also echoes the "family" sentiments when affirming his commitment to USAC's quarter midget operations. "We are pleased to be a part of USAC's family," he says. "USAC has produced some of America's greatest racing talent and it is a distinct privilege to become part of their grand history in motorsports."
In 2008 the club, which competes at a paved oval northeast of Kokomo, hosted the famed "Robbie Stanley Memorial Race" which honors the memory of USAC's late three-time National Sprint Car Champion, following a rainout at Mini-Indy Speedway in Indianapolis. Adam Wilsdon of Howell, Mich., who competed in four USAC Kenyon Midget races earlier this year, won the Stanley race for the second consecutive year.