2005 American V8 Stock Car Road Racing Series
(January 3, 2005) -- The American V8 Stock Car Road Racing Series hopes everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. Now, with the holidays complete and the new year just beginning, it’s time to get ready for a new season of stock car road racing in 2005.
Despite a string of hurricanes and track construction (at Daytona) that forced American V8 Stock Car to cancel four races last year, the series experienced a very successful inaugural season in 2004. Grand National and Late Model road racing stock cars split the series race wins last year. Each won four of the eight races.
The series schedule for 2005 features more races. There will be 10 race weekends and 18 races. So for the first eight race weekends this year series competitors will be able to tow once and race twice.
The series points system has also changed. This year, competitors will be able to select points from their six best weekend (or twelve best race) performances. And like last year, the final races of the season at Roebling Road in October (South Atlantic Road Racing Championship) and Road Atlanta in November (American Road Racing Championship) will offer double series points.
Many new teams have contacted American V8 Stock Car and expressed interest in acquiring road racing stock cars and competing in the series. Approximately 70 to 75 cars will compete in the series this year.
In 2005, the series will feature two classes. One class will be designated for Grand National road racing stock cars and the other for their Late Model counterparts. The minimum weight for Grand National cars in the series is 3,400 pounds and 2,800 pounds for the Late Model cars. Maximum engine displacement for all series stock cars is 358 cubic inches. The noise limit per stock car is 103 decibels. Stock cars must also meet the current Sports Car Club of America safety requirements. (Most road racing stock cars EXCEED the SCCA safety rules.)
There is no series tire rule. However, Goodyear offers competitors in the series sets of race tires for $400 and contingency prizes. There is a maximum wheel size (15 inches by 10 inches). And Trans-Am Series-style rear wings are illegal.
Series competitors must have a current SCCA competition license. If a driver has previous racing experience, he or she doesn’t need to complete a driver's school. However, Roebling Road will host a double driver's school February 10 through February 13, 2004. American V8 Stock Car series personnel will be present at that driver's school. For more information about the Roebling Road driver's school, please contact Faye Kraft by telephone at 1-(904) 771-4208.
As always, American V8 Stock Car series officials would like to thank the sponsors (Goodyear, Sunoco, Spector Racing, Five Star Racecar Bodies, Racecar Engineering, Racing Electronics, DRP Performance, Mintex Racing, Howe Racing Enterprises and Tex Racing) for their continued support of the series. "Wild" Bill Smith, who finished third in the 2004 series points standings, won a new race car body provided by Five Star Racecar Bodies.
For a 2005 race schedule and more information about the American V8 Stock Car series, and the first race of the season at Sebring on February 26 and 27, please go to v8stockcar.com. The series also plans to update and improve the Classifieds section of the web site. For information about locating road racing stock cars, please visit the web site or contact American V8 Stock Car series officials at firstname.lastname@example.org. Andy Flinn, public relations and media associate for the American V8 Stock Car series, can also be reached at email@example.com.
Photos courtesy of Gordon Jolley.