Fun Ford Weekend Announces 2012 Event Schedule and Series Officers

October 19, 2011 by  
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Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 19, 2011 – Fun Ford Weekend officials announced the 2012 event schedule today as well as the officers who will be leading the series as it prepares to enter its second season under new management. Having just completed a five-event 2011 season, the Fun Ford Weekend shows, presented by Roush Yates and JE Pistons were a resounding success with racers, car show participants and spectators.

The series will expand to 12 events in nine different U.S. states as well as one event in Canada in 2012.

In early 2011, a group of North American motorsports facility owners, led by Texas Motorplex (Ennis, Texas) owner Billy Meyer, worked to bring back the Fun Ford Weekend series because of popular demand.

“Fans and participants all suffered when Fun Ford Weekend was shut down a few years ago,” Meyer said. “Ford vehicle owners are extremely loyal to their brand, and they love big events and racing. Working with Ford Racing, Roush Yates and JE Pistons, we got off to a great start in relaunching this series and are very excited to announce our 2012 event schedule and the dedicated people who will be directing the series this year.”

Fun Ford Weekend Series – 2012 Schedule
March 23-24, Royal Purple Raceway (Houston)
April 20-21, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas)
May 11-12, Rockingham Dragway (Rockingham, N.C.)
June 9, Spokane County Raceway (Spokane, Wash.)
June 15-17, Virginia Motorsports Park (Petersburg, Va.)
June 22-23, Bandimere Speedway (Denver)
June 29-30, Bristol Dragway (Bristol, Tenn.)
August 17-18, Maple Grove Raceway (Reading, Pa.)
September 2, Castrol Raceway (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
September 7-8, Texas Motorplex (Dallas)
September 14-15, Palm Beach Intl. Raceway (Palm Beach, Fla.)
September 28-29, Memphis Intl. Raceway (Memphis, Tenn.)

Fun Ford Weekend Series President Named
For 2012, the Series will be directed by a group of dedicated and enthusiastic member-track managers, led by Texas Motorplex General Manager, Gabrielle Stevenson, who has been named President of the Fun Ford Weekend Series.
“The Blue Oval brand has a long and storied history in this country and it’s time we bring the Fun Ford Weekend series back to a full slate of national events,” Stevenson said. “We’ve had an amazing response from participants, fans and sponsors about bringing this series back. It’s truly a celebration of what Ford means to generations of drivers and fans.”
Stevenson said the series will be hosted by the most aggressive and dedicated collection of tracks and is looking forward to building off the success of the 2011 Fun Ford Weekend events in 2012 and beyond.

“We are changing the business plan in terms of a national series because Fun Ford Weekend is now owned by the event hosts,” Stevenson said. “We want to have some common threads in each of the national events, but will localize each event too because the track owners and operators know how to put on the best Fun Ford Weekend event possible for each market. Now each track has a vested interest in the success of the entire Fun Ford Weekend series and it’s exciting to help usher in a new era for this popular series.”

Fun Ford Weekend Series Announces Vice Presidents
Working with Stevenson in 2012 are the following track managers who will be serving as Fun Ford Weekend vice presidents: Sporty Bandimere, Bandimere Speeedway; Pam Kendrick, Memphis International Raceway and Bryan Pierce, Virginia Motorsports Park.

The Fun Ford Weekend Series is also represented on the marketing and promotions side by Forward Sports Marketing, which includes Ryan Haas, Series Supervisor; Jeff Lacina, Marketing and Sponsorships and Sara Griewing, Sponsorship Coordinator.

About Fun Ford Weekend
The family-oriented Fun Ford Weekend series is run by each of the tracks that host the events. Each track creates its own event schedule, racing structure, car show, and if adequate space, will also have autocross competition. The goal of the series is to get as many automotive enthusiasts that have a passion for the Ford brand to participate, celebrate and enjoy the events. For more information on Fun Ford Weekend, visit www.funfordweekend.com.

Two long-time Ford racing powerhouses, Roush Yates and JE Pistons served a presenting sponsors during the re-launch of the series in 2011.

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Fun Ford Weekend Complete at Memphis International Raceway

October 16, 2011 by  
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Fun Ford Weekend Complete at Memphis International Raceway

MILLINGTON, TN – October 15, 2011 – As the closing city on the 2011 Fun Ford Weekend tour, Memphis International Raceway (MIR) drew racers from five states to participate in the one-day Blue Oval Festival. Ford makes and models of all eras were represented on the drag strip and car show on the recently opened MIR. The inaugural Fun Ford Weekend presented by Roush Yates and JE Pistons brought many Ford fans and racers to MIR on Saturday afternoon.

In the show car portion of the event, classic, custom, modern and modified were displayed as nearly 30 awards categories were represented. One of the most popular Fords of the day was the 1962 Ford Thunderbird owned by Ed Price, who walked away with the Thunderbird and Best of Show car show awards. Another double winner in the car show was Leo Harber’s 1964 Ford Falcon winner of the Track Choice Award and Outstanding Achievement in the Falcon, Fairlane, Maverick.

“We had a gorgeous day at Memphis International Raceway for Fun Ford Weekend on Saturday,” said Pam Kendrick, Vice President and General Manager, Memphis International Raceway. “The Fun Ford Weekend brought some of the area’s best racers to MIR for our first major event since opening in August. The facility was buzzing with activity all day. It was a great first-time event for our new facility. Special thanks to Clay Millican for serving as our Grand Marshal and our exhibition drivers for participating in today’s event.”

There were several highlights of the Fun Ford Weekend celebration at MIR including the six-time IHRA World Champion Clay Millican, who served as the event’s Grand Marshal. During pre-race ceremonies, Millican addressed the crowd and then activated the Christmas Tree for the first pair of exhibition runs from quarter-mile drivers Tony ‘Sandman’ Williams and John Sullivan. Then eighth-mile Pro Mod drivers Jerry Prater and Dwayne Watkins were brought to the line for their exhibition runs. The final headliner in the exhibition show was David Douthit, driver of the powerful Ford Focus Wagon ‘Focus This’ Jet Car. In his best pass of the weekend, Douthit piloted the Ford Focus Jet Car to the quarter-mile mark in 8.99 seconds at 180.38 miles per hour.

On track activity continues next week at Memphis International Raceway. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights feature the weekly Quarter-Mile Test and Tune and on Friday, October 21, MIR hosts the monthly Midnight Madness. During the weekend of October 28-30, MIR hosts the 1/8-Mile Bracket Brawl. Full event details and schedules are available at www.racemir.com.

FUN FORD WEEKEND RACING RESULTS
Exhibition Runs (best times listed)
John Sullivan – 6.31 at 226.93mph
Tony “Sandman” Williams – 6.56 at 214.14mph
Dwayne Watkins – 3.93 at 191.27mph
Jerry Prater – 4.13 at 178.57mph

Quick Ford (Electronic) – Jerry Walker (1964 Mustang, Fulton, KY) 6.083 at 111.87 def Terry Edwards (2004 Mustang) 5.103 at 135.27 (broke out)

Fast Ford (Non-Electronic) – Lucas Walker (1993 Mustang, Wingo, KY) 7.728 at 73.23 def Andrew Skaggs (2003 Mustang, Henderson, TN) 8.505 at 81.94 (foul)

Quick 16 – Eric Oldham (2010 Cobra, Barlow, KY) 9.542 at 150.93 def Don Baskin (1997 Mustang, Covington, TN) 10.143 at 103.29

Mustang Madness – Donnie Gray (2011 Mustang, Blytheville, AR) 11.157 at 125.72 (single run)

Tough Trucks – Mark Loveland (1993 Lightning, Marion, AR) 14.920 at 90.26 def Jeremy Sword (2002 Ford F-150, Benton, AR) 14.499 at 93.78

FUN FORD WEEKEND CAR SHOW AWARDS
Mustang 64-70
Winner: Darrell Mims, 1970 Mustang Mach I
Outstanding Achievement: Fred and Billy Brooks, 1970 Mustang Mach I

Mustang 71-78
Winner: Rick Duncan, 1973 Mustang
Outstanding Achievement: Wilbur Holaday, 1971 Mustang

Mustang 79-93
Winner: Timothy Paine, 1988 Mustang
Outstanding Achievement: Patrick Hallman, 1982 Mustang GT

Mustang 99-04
Winner: Otis Matthews, 2000 Mustang GT
Outstanding Achievement: Stan Vaughn, 2001 Mustang GT Bullitt

Mustang 05-Current
Winner: Sara Griewing, 2010 Mustang
Outstanding Achievement: 2007 Mustang GT

SVT & Cobra Mustang
Winner: Brenda and Jim Corrigan, 1998 Cobra
Outstanding Achievement: Mark Johnson, 2007 Mustang GT

Roush Mustang
Winner: Jim Quinn, 2010 Roush Mustang

Shelby & BOSS
Winner: Russell Duvall, 2007 Shelby GT
Outstanding Achievement: Ward Lindsey, 2007 Shelby GT

Comet, Cougar, Capri
Winner: Gary Grimes, 1966 Mercury Comet
Outstanding Achievement: Mike Watson, 1967 Mercury Cougar

Falcon, Fairlane, Maverick
Winner: Bobby Bates, 1964 Ford Fairlane
Outstanding Achievement: Leo Harber, 1964 Ford Falcon

Thunderbird
Winner: Ed Price, 1962 Thunderbird

Ford Full Size Cars – All Years
Winner: Jim McDonald, 1954 Crown Victoria
Outstanding Achievement: Martin Woods, 1971 Torino

Ford Full Size Trucks – All Years
Winner: Logan Crowley, 2004 F-150

Ford Compact Truck – All Years
Winner: Cory Hamilton, 1999 Explorer Sport

Ford Lightning
Winner: Tracy Noland, 2002 F-150
Outstanding Achievement: Phil Smith 2001 Ford Lightning

Pre-49 Street Rods & Custom
Winner: Chris Kelly, 1935 Ford

Race Car & Pro Street
Winner: Charles Keller, 1950 Ford Coupe
Outstanding Achievement: Dan Storey, 1964 Mercury Comet

Lincoln
Winner: Tommy Saugey, 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII

Model A
Winner: Steve High, 1929 Model A

Open Ford
Winner: Mel Bain, 1965 Shelby Cobra
Outstanding Achievement: 1956 Ford Courier

ADDITIONAL CAR SHOW AWARDS

Best of Show – Ed Price, 1962 Ford Thunderbird
Track Choice – Leo Harber, 1964 Ford Falcon
Best Wheels – Ken Roberts, 2007 Mustang GT
Cool Factor – Jim McDonald, 1954 Crown Victoria
People’s Choice – Kory Keller, 1956 Ford Courier
Best Engine – Bobby Bates, 1964 Ford Fairlane
Best Paint/Body – Charles Keller, 1950 Ford Coupe

About Fun Ford Weekend
The family-oriented Fun Ford Weekend series is run by each of the tracks that host the events. Each track creates its own event schedule, racing structure, car show, and if adequate space, will also have autocross competition. The goal of the series is to get as many automotive enthusiasts that have a passion for the Ford brand to participate, spectate, and enjoy the events. For more information on Fun Ford Weekend, visit www.funfordweekend.com.

About Memphis International Raceway
Memphis International Raceway was purchased by Moroso Investment Partners, a group of real estate and corporate investors. The venue is one of the most popular raceways in the country for racers and spectators alike. As a leader in its operating form and function, MIR seeks to provide its drivers with a higher level of challenge, excellence and opportunity. The 342+ acre facility includes a quarter-mile drag strip, three-quarter mile paved oval and road course. For more information on MIR, please visit the venue’s website at www.RaceMIR.com.

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Tony “Sandman” Williams and David Douthit Headline Exhibition during Fun Ford Weekend at Memphis International Raceway on October 15

October 14, 2011 by  
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Tony “Sandman” Williams and David Douthit Headline Exhibition during
Fun Ford Weekend at Memphis International Raceway on October 15

MILLINGTON, TN – October 13, 2011 – On Saturday, October 15, Memphis International Raceway (MIR) anchors the five-city 2011 Fun Ford Weekend presented by Roush Yates and JE Pistons tour. In addition to being the grand finale tour city, MIR marks this special weekend as the first major event since the facility opened in August this year.

In true Memphis style, MIR is figuratively painting the drag strip Ford Blue for all the spectators and racers, car show enthusiasts and swap meet participants. The one-day show features special exhibition runs from David Douthit, driver of the powerful Ford Focus Wagon ‘Focus This’ Jet Car, eighth-mile Pro Mod drivers Jerry Prater and Dwayne Watkins; as well as quarter-mile exhibition runs from local favorite Tony ‘Sandman’ Williams and Gary Sullivan.

David Douthit debuts his jet-powered 2000 Ford Focus wagon at Memphis International Raceway this weekend. Family owned and operated, the ‘Focus This’ machine takes 30 gallons of diesel fuel to make a pass down PBIR’s quarter-mile drag strip. This unique compact car is powered by a General Electric J-85 engine, producing 10,000 horsepower and a top speed of 200 miles per hour. In 1993, one week after graduating high school, David obtained his jet dragster license and has been piloting jet-powered vehicles for nearly 20 years.

In addition to the exhibition runs, the competition will be fierce as seven drag racing classes compete for titles and trophies in the Quick Ford (1/8-mile, Electronic), Fast Ford (1/8-mile, Non-Electronic), True Street (30 mile cruise followed by three 1/4-mile runs, DOT), Four-Door Frenzy (1/4-mile), Tough Trucks (1/4-mile), Mustang Madness – Heads Up (1/4-mile) and Compact (1/4-mile).

The No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion show car will be on display at Memphis International Raceway on Saturday. Stop by midway display area at MIR and see the black and green Ford Fusion from 1pm-5pm.

Fun Ford Weekend would not be complete unless there was a swap meet. Racers and auto enthusiasts searching for that hard-to-find part for their custom car might find what they’re looking for during the Swap Meet at MIR’s Fun Ford Weekend. In previous years, the swap meet at Memphis was one of the largest in the country. Swap meet spaces (10×10) are available for $20. All swap meet entry fees include the participant entry.

Those looking to admire the classic, custom and modern Fords can stroll over to the Car Show. More than 30 awards will be given in a variety of car show classes at MIR this weekend. The car show entry is $30, or $25 if purchased in advance at the MIR Executive Offices. MIR offers a discount to car and truck clubs during Fun Ford Weekend. Clubs of 10 or more that register in advance save $15 on each car show entry; must register as a group and paid in advance.

For the latest information on the Fun Ford Weekend presented by Roush Yates and JE Pistons, visit www.racemir.com or www.funfordweekend.com.

Fun Ford Weekend Pricing
For racer pricing, visit www.racemir.com for detailed information.

Spectator tickets
Friday: Adult tickets are $5 and children 12 and under are free.
Saturday: Adults tickets are $20; youth 6-12 are $5, children five and under are free.
Advance tickets are available at the Memphis International Raceway Executive Offices: 5500 Victory Lane in Millington, TN.

Visit www.raceMIR.com for more information.

Memphis International Raceway on the Web
Homepage: www.racemir.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/racemir
Twitter: www.twitter.com/racemir

MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
FUN FORD EVENT INFORMATION
Friday, October 14, 2011
Noon Gates open for pre-load – Overnight Parking Fee Applies
6pm – 11pm MIR Test & Tune (all makes & models)

Saturday, October 15, 2011
8am Participant / Vendor Gate Opens
8 – 11am Car & Truck Show Registration / Tech
8:30am Spectator Gates Open
10:30am Quick Ford (1/8-mile), Fast Ford (1/8-mile), True Street (1/4-mile)
11:15am Four-Door Frenzy (1/4-mile), Tough Trucks (1/4-mile), Mustang Madness (1/4-mile)
11:35am Compact (1/4-mile)
11:50am Qualifying #1 – Quick 16
12:15pm Quick Ford (1/8-mile), Fast Ford (1/8-mile), True Street (1/4-mile)
12:50pm Four-Door Frenzy (1/4-mile), Tough Trucks (1/4-mile), Mustang Madness (1/4-mile)
1:20pm Compact (1/4-mile)
1:35pm Qualifying #2 – Quick 16
2:15pm Opening Ceremonies
2:30pm Exhibition #1 – Ford Focus Jet Car
2:35pm Exhibition #2 – ¼-Mile & 1/8 Mile Pro Mod Runs
2:45pm Start of Eliminations: Quick Ford, Fast Ford and True Street
5:00pm Exhibition #3 – Ford Focus Jet Car
5:05pm Exhibition #4 – ¼-Mile & 1/8 Mile Pro Mod Runs
7:30pm Track Secure

Spectator tickets
Saturday: Adults are $20, youth 6-12 are $5, children five and under are free
Visit www.raceMIR.com for more information.

RACING INFORMATION & ENTRY FEES
Quick Ford (1/8-mile, Electronic) – $40 – Buy Back – $20
Fast Ford (1/8-mile, Non-Electronic) – $30 – Buy Back – $15
True Street (1/4-mile, DOT) – $20 – Buy Back – $10
Quick 16 – $60.00
Four-Door Frenzy (1/4-mile) – $20 – Buy Back – $10 (trophy)
Tough Trucks (1/4-mile) – $20 – Buy Back – $10 (trophy)
Mustang Madness (1/4-mile, Heads Up) – $20 – Buy Back – $10 (trophy)
Compact (1/4-mile) – $20 – Buy Back – $10 (trophy)
Crew Pass – $20 Saturday Only
Extra Pit Parking Pass – $20 Saturday Only
Overnight Parking – $25 (security provided overnight)
Extra Pit Vehicle Parking Pass $20 sold only with a Crew Pass

MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
FUN FORD EVENT INFORMATION
RACER PAYOUT
Quick Ford (1/8-mile, Electronic)
Winner: $1,200
Runner-Up: $500
Semi: $150
1/4: $30
Entry: $40

Fast Ford (1/8-mile, Non-Electronic)
Winner: $800
Runner-Up: $300
Semi: $80
1/4: $20
Entry: $30

True Street (30 mile cruise followed by three 1/4-mile passes, DOT)
Winner: $175
Runner-Up: $60
Trophy for 3 index winners
Semi: $20
Entry: $20

Quick 16
Winner: $1,000
Runner-Up: $500
Semi: $100
Entry: $60
Two qualifying session

Payout Information
All payouts on race day take place in Race Control, once payout rounds are reached.

Saturday True Street Challenge
Racers who purchase a Drag Race entry will be eligible to also compete in the True Street Challenge (if their car meets the class rules).

Car Show Fees
Car Show is $30
All car show entry fees include the participant entry.

Car / Truck Show Advance Discounts
Save with advance purchase of car show entry! Clubs of 10 or more that register in advance save $15 on each car show entry; must register as a group and paid in advance.

Additional Participants (All swap meet entry fees include the participant entry)
Swap Meet
Swap Meet Spot (10×10) – $20

Car Show Categories
One award will be given in the following classes:

Mustang 64-70
Mustang 71-78
Mustang 79-93
Mustang 94-98
Mustang 99-04
Mustang 05-Current
SVT & Cobra Mustang
SVT
Roush Mustang
Saleen Mustang
Steeda Mustang
Shelby & BOSS
Probe
Comet, Cougar, Capri
Falcon, Fairlane, Maverick
Thunderbird
Ford Full Size Cars – All Years
Ford Full Size Trucks – All Years
Ford Compact Trucks – All Years
Ford Lightning
Pre-49 Street Rods & Custom
Full Size Ford Pick-Up (including Torino)
Race Car & Pro Street
Ford Compact – All Years
Lincoln
Mercury
Model A
Model T

Open Ford (Ford Ford vehicles that do not fit in listed classes)

Additional Show Car Categories

Best of Show
Track Choice
Best Wheels
Cool Factor
People’s Choice
Best Engine
Best Paint/Body


About Fun Ford Weekend
The family-oriented Fun Ford Weekend series is run by each of the tracks that host the events. Each track creates its own event schedule, racing structure, car show, and if adequate space, will also have autocross competition. The goal of the series is to get as many automotive enthusiasts that have a passion for the Ford brand to participate, spectate, and enjoy the events. For more information on Fun Ford Weekend, visit www.funfordweekend.com.

About Memphis International Raceway
Memphis International Raceway was purchased by Moroso Investment Partners, a group of real estate and corporate investors. The venue is one of the most popular raceways in the country for racers and spectators alike. As a leader in its operating form and function, MIR seeks to provide its drivers with a higher level of challenge, excellence and opportunity. The 342+ acre facility includes a quarter-mile drag strip, three-quarter mile paved oval and road course. For more information on MIR, please visit the venue’s website at www.RaceMIR.com.

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David Douthit and the 2000 Ford Focus Wagon Jet Car

MEDIA ACCESS:
Contact Susan Pollack for media access to Memphis International Raceway via 313-434-6912 or spollack@racepbir.com.

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Fun Ford Weekend at Memphis International Raceway – October 15

October 11, 2011 by  
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Fun Ford Weekend at Memphis International Raceway – October 15

MILLINGTON, TN – September 23, 2011 – Magnificent Mustangs, modern, modified and memorable make their way to Memphis International Raceway (MIR) during the final tour city of the 2011 Fun Ford Weekend presented by Roush Yates and JE Pistons on Saturday, October 15.

The Fun Ford Weekend series polishes the Blue Oval in 2011 with a five city tour of drag races, car shows and swap meets. The national touring series draws Ford fans from all over the country to the host tracks. Sister track Palm Beach International Raceway hosted Fun Ford Weekend in September and was the best event on the tour to date.

Although Memphis is the final stop of the 2011 tour, Fun Ford Weekend celebration does have a first to celebrate – the first official major event at the recently opened Memphis International Raceway.

During this unique one-day show, Ford devotees can explore the grounds and experience elements of the Michigan-based automotive giant. For the racing fan, the drag strip will showcase numerous categories including Quick Ford (Electronic), Fast Ford (Non-Electronic), True Street (DOT), Four-Door Frenzy, Tough Trucks, Mustang Madness and Compact. The one-day show will also feature special exhibition runs from David Douthit, driver of the powerful Ford Focus Wagon ‘Focus This’ Jet Car, eighth-mile Pro Mod drivers Jerry Prater and Dwayne Watkins; as well as quarter-mile exhibition runs from local favorite Tony ‘Sandman’ Williams and Gary Sullivan.

“We’re very excited to be hosting Fun Ford Weekend in Memphis,” said Pam Kendrick, Vice President and GM, Memphis International Raceway. “We’ve assembled a knowledgeable race crew at MIR and this marks our first official event since the drag strip opened in August. There have been successful Ford events at MIR in the past, but we’re looking to make this Ford event the start of the new era at Memphis International Raceway by offering a great show for the fans and racers.”

Classic, custom and modern Fords representing all years will participate in the car show. More than 30 awards categories have been created for the car show. Entry into the car show is $30 at the gate or $25 if purchased in advance at the MIR Executive Offices. MIR offers a discount to car and truck clubs during Fun Ford Weekend. Clubs of 10 or more that register in advance save $15 on each car show entry; must register as a group and pay in advance.

Fun Ford Weekend would not be complete unless there was a swap meet. Racers and auto enthusiasts searching for that hard-to-find part for their custom car might find what they’re looking for during the Swap Meet at MIR’s Fun Ford Weekend. Swap meet spaces (10×10) are available for $20 each. All swap meet entry fees include the participant entry.

For the latest information on the Fun Ford Weekend presented by Roush Yates and JE Pistons, visit www.racemir.com or www.funfordweekend.com.

Fun Ford Weekend Pricing
For participant pricing for the Fun Ford Weekend, visit www.racemir.com for detailed information.

Spectator tickets
Friday: Adult tickets are $5 and children 12 and under are free.
Saturday: Adults tickets are $20; youth 6-12 are $5, children five and under are free.
Advance tickets are available at the Memphis International Raceway Executive Offices: 5500 Victory Lane in Millington, TN.
Visit www.raceMIR.com for more information.

Memphis International Raceway on the Web
Homepage: www.racemir.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/racemir
Twitter: www.twitter.com/racemir

MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
FUN FORD EVENT INFORMATION
Friday, October 14, 2011
Noon Gates open for pre-load – Overnight Parking Fee Applies
6pm – 11pm MIR Test & Tune (all makes & models)

Saturday, October 15, 2011
8am Participant / Vendor Gate Opens
8 – 11am Car & Truck Show Registration / Tech
8:30am Spectator Gates Open
10:30am Quick Ford, Fast Ford, True Street
11:15am Four-Door Frenzy, Tough Trucks, Mustang Madness
11:35am Compact
11:50am Qualifying #1 – Quick 16
12:15pm Quick Ford, Fast Ford, True Street
12:50pm Four-Door Frenzy, Tough Trucks, Mustang Madness
1:20pm Compact
1:35pm Qualifying #2 – Quick 16
2:15pm Opening Ceremonies
2:30pm Exhibition #1 – Ford Focus Jet Car
2:35pm Exhibition #2 – ¼-Mile & 1/8 Mile Pro Mod Runs
2:45pm Start of Eliminations: Quick Ford, Fast Ford and True Street
5:00pm Exhibition #3 – Ford Focus Jet Car
5:05pm Exhibition #4 – ¼-Mile & 1/8 Mile Pro Mod Runs
7:30pm Track Secure

Spectator tickets
Saturday: Adults are $20, youth 6-12 are $5, children five and under are free
Visit www.raceMIR.com for more information.

RACING INFORMATION & ENTRY FEES
Quick Ford (Electronic) – $40 – Buy Back – $20
Fast Ford (Non-Electronic) – $30 – Buy Back – $15
True Street (DOT) – $20 – Buy Back – $10
Quick 16 – $60.00
Four-Door Frenzy – $20 – Buy Back – $10 (trophy)
Tough Trucks – $20 – Buy Back – $10 (trophy)
Mustang Madness (Heads Up) – $20 – Buy Back – $10 (trophy)
Compact – $20 – Buy Back – $10 (trophy)
Crew Pass – $20 Saturday Only
Extra Pit Parking Pass – $20 Saturday Only
Overnight Parking – $25 (security provided overnight)
Extra Pit Vehicle Parking Pass $20 sold only with a Crew Pass

MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
FUN FORD EVENT INFORMATION
RACER PAYOUT
Quick Ford (Electronic)
Winner: $1,200
Runner-Up: $500
Semi: $150
1/4: $30
Entry: $40

Fast Ford (Non-Electronic)
Winner: $800
Runner-Up: $300
Semi: $80
1/4: $20
Entry: $30

True Street (DOT)
Winner: $175
Runner-Up: $60
Semi: $20
Entry: $20

Quick 16
Winner: $1,000
Runner-Up: $500
Semi: $100
Entry: $60
One qualifying session

Payout Information
All payouts on race day take place in Race Control, once payout rounds are reached.

Saturday True Street Challenge
Racers who purchase a Drag Race entry will be eligible to also compete in the True Street Challenge (if their car meets the class rules).

Car Show Fees
Car Show is $30
All car show entry fees include the participant entry.

Car / Truck Show Advance Discounts
Save with advance purchase of car show entry! Clubs of 10 or more that register in advance save $15 on each car show entry; must register as a group and paid in advance.

Additional Participants (All swap meet entry fees include the participant entry)
Swap Meet
Swap Meet Spot (10×10) – $20
Car Show Categories
One award will be given in the following classes:

Mustang 64-70
Mustang 71-78
Mustang 79-93
Mustang 94-98
Mustang 99-04
Mustang 05-Current
SVT & Cobra Mustang
SVT
Roush Mustang
Saleen Mustang
Steeda Mustang
Shelby & BOSS
Probe
Comet, Cougar, Capri
Falcon, Fairlane, Maverick
Thunderbird
Ford Full Size Cars – All Years
Ford Full Size Trucks – All Years
Ford Compact Trucks – All Years
Ford Lightning
Pre-49 Street Rods & Custom
Full Size Ford Pick-Up (including Torino)
Race Car & Pro Street
Ford Compact – All Years
Lincoln
Mercury
Model A
Model T

Open Ford (Ford Ford vehicles that do not fit in listed classes)

Additional Show Car Categories

Best of Show
Track Choice
Best Wheels
Cool Factor
People’s Choice
Best Engine
Best Paint/Body


About Fun Ford Weekend
The family-oriented Fun Ford Weekend series is run by each of the tracks that host the events. Each track creates its own event schedule, racing structure, car show, and if adequate space, will also have autocross competition. The goal of the series is to get as many automotive enthusiasts that have a passion for the Ford brand to participate, spectate, and enjoy the events. For more information on Fun Ford Weekend, visit www.funfordweekend.com.

About Memphis International Raceway
Memphis International Raceway was purchased by Moroso Investment Partners, a group of real estate and corporate investors. The venue is one of the most popular raceways in the country for racers and spectators alike. As a leader in its operating form and function, MIR seeks to provide its drivers with a higher level of challenge, excellence and opportunity. The 342+ acre facility includes a quarter-mile drag strip, three-quarter mile paved oval and road course. For more information on MIR, please visit the venue’s website at www.RaceMIR.com.

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Fun Ford Weekend Winners at Texas Motorplex

October 10, 2011 by  
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Fun Ford Weekend Winners at Texas Motorplex

ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 9, 2011) – The second-to-last stop for the Fun Ford Weekend Series in 2011 was made this past weekend at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. The Motorplex was filled with Ford lovers from all over the area for the one-day event.

Final round results from drag racing events this weekend are as follows:

QUICK FORD- ELEC
Champion: Sean Fleming
R/U: Mike Harris

FAST FORD- NO ELEC
Champion: Doyle Hooks, Stephenville, TX
R/U: Jerry James, Plainview, TX

TRUE STREET DOT
Champion: Zac Beser, Waco, TX
R/U: Brent Yager, Plano, TX

TOUGH TRUCKS
Champion: Kerry Robinson, Midland, TX
R/U: Phillip Womack, Fort Worth, TX

Car Show Award Results for Fun Ford Weekend at Texas Motorplex
October 8, 2011

Mustang 09-Present
Brett McMatf 2012 Boss 302 Humble,TX

Mustang 05-08
Allen King, 2007 Mustang V Power, Tuttle, OK

Mustang 99-04
Ronnie Smith,2003 Mach 1,Hewitt, TX

Mustang 94-98
Ken Howell,1997 Saleen,DeSoto, TX

Mustang 87-93
Brandie Kozlovsky,1989 Mustang,Royse City, TX

Mustang 79-86
Ryan Cook,1986 SVO Mustang,Plano, TX

Mustang 64-69
Linda Kinsala,1969 Mach 1,Waxahachie, TX

Open Class
Anthony Fowler,1979 Fairmont Race Car,Terrell,TX

Pick Up Full/Mini 4WD
Mike Kelley,2003 F-350,Ft. Worth, TX

Thunderbird
Don Zanella,1988 Turbo Coupe,Joshua, TX

SUV 4WD
Sarah Vidrine,1977 Bronco Sport,Euless, TX

Fairlane
Mark Kuban,1964 Fairlane,Keller, TX

Galaxie
Billy Pope,1962 Galaxie 500,Ft. Worth, TX

Best Wheels/Driver
Lamar Johnson,2002 Roush,Flower Mound, TX

Best Paint/Body
Allen King,2007 Mustang,Tuttle, OK

Track Choice
Brandi Kozluvsky,2008 Mustang,Royse City, TX

Best Engine
Ken Hodge,1968 Mustang,Woodway, TX

Cool Factor
James Nelson Jr,2006 Saleen,Tyler, TX

Best of Show
Mark Kuban,1964 Fairlane,Keller, TX

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TRUE STREET MOTORSPORTS PERFORMANCE SHOP OF McKINNEY, TEXAS TO SPONSOR FUN FORD TRUE STREET CLASS

October 4, 2011 by  
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TRUE STREET MOTORSPORTS PERFORMANCE SHOP OF McKINNEY, TEXAS TO SPONSOR FUN FORD TRUE STREET CLASS

True Street Motorspsorts True Street Class at Fun Ford Weekend

ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 4, 2011) – The True Street Motorsports True Street Class will make its debut during Saturday’s Fun Ford Weekend at Texas Motorplex.

The performance shop out of McKinney, Texas specializes in late and early muscle car performance and knows what every Blue Oval owner needs for their high-performance vehicles.

“We can handle anything from exhaust for better sound and performance to fully built motors with blowers, turbos and Nitrous,” True Street Motorsports’ Clint Davis said. “We have more than two decades of experience in making street cars perform. If you can dream it, we can build it.”

The performance of any and all street cars that enter the True Street Motorsports True Street Class will be tested Saturday. True Street participants will take a quick cruise around the Motorplex area between Ennis and Waxahachie and will then head to the staging lanes for hot lap racing. All True Street participants must adhere to the True Street competition rules. Entry is just $35 and the winner will take home a $300 prize. True Street Motorsports will also post a bonus prize for best reaction time of the competition.

Fun Ford Weekend is making its long-awaited return to the national scene after several years of being absent from the car show scene. Fun Ford Weekend combines the Blue Oval love of car shows, show-n-shine, drag racing, swap meets and more. There will be live entertainment this weekend with Tony Ramey performing on stage at noon, followed by Malford Milligan at 2 p.m.

Fans can get tickets for Fun Ford Weekend for as little as $5 by bringing a canned food item for Meals on Wheels. Call (800) MOTORPLEX or go online at www.texasmotorplex.com for more information.

“It’s exciting to have such a dynamic performance business involved in a category that is open to so many potential participants,” Texas Motorplex General Manager Gabrielle Stevenson said. “Fun Ford Weekend is back and it’s going to be better than ever.”

Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record
performances. The Billy Meyer-owned facility hosts a number of racing and car show events between March and November each year and also features the Champion’s Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.

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GUARANTEED PAYOUT FOR FUN FORD WEEKEND RACING AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX, OCT. 8

October 1, 2011 by  
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GUARANTEED PAYOUT FOR FUN FORD WEEKEND RACING AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX, OCT. 8

ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 2, 2011) – The second to last event for the 2011 Fun Ford Weekend Series tour, presented by JE Pistons and RoushYates, will make a stop at Texas Motorplex, Oct. 8, with guaranteed payouts for racing classes, top-notch judging for the car show, live entertainment and more.

The weekend will begin with a Fast Friday race on Oct. 7 to kick-off the weekend. Fast Friday is open to anyone with a driver’s license and registered vehicle. Want to get the same view on the starting line as John Force and all the other drag racing greats who have competed at Texas Motorplex? Then get your car ready and come out to Texas Motorplex.

Fast Friday gates open at 6 p.m. with racing from 7 p.m. to midnight. Parking is free, with spectator tickets at $5 and participants at $10.

The Fun Ford Weekend continues at the Motorplex with a jam-packed Saturday, featuring a car show, swap meet, car corral, concert, BBQ picnic and drag racing while highlighting the ever popular, Pro Mods as the track’s main event.

The Fun Ford Weekend Saturday starts with a cruise from Sam Pack’s Automotive Warehouse in Carrollton at 8:30 a.m. for the 50-minute cruise to the Motorplex. Check out www.texasmotorplex.com for more details.

This year, The Motorplex is offering up a guaranteed payout of $1,500 for both Fast Ford and Quick Ford winners. A payout of $300 will go to the winner of the True Street category while Tough Trucks heads up and other category winners will receive gift cards and trophies and judged car show winners will receive plaques, goodie bags and other prizes.

Adult tickets are $10, or $5 with the donation of a canned good for Meals on Wheels. Youth tickets (ages 6-15) are $5 and children 5 and younger are free. Parking is $5, or VIP pit area parking is available at $20.

SATURDAY, OCT. 8 –
Participant and spectator gates open 8 a.m.
Registration & Tech 8 a.m. – noon
Time trials start at 9 a.m.
Car Show judging starts at 2 p.m.
Live band and BBQ with two acts: Tony Ramey and Malford Milligan, noon-3 p.m.
Pro Show Round 1 at noon
Final eliminations start at 1 p.m.
Car show special awards 3 p.m.
Pro Show Round 2 starts at 3 p.m.
Pro Show Round 3 at 5 p.m.

Texas Motorplex is located on Hwy. 287, two miles west of Ennis, between Interstates 35 and 45. (972) 878-2641, www.texasmotorplex.com

QUICK FORD (Elec.) 1/4: This category is reserved for Ford bodied or Ford powered race cars running 7.00 and slower (1/4 mile). All NHRA approved electronic driving aids and throttle controls are accepted for use in competition. Any other devices are considered illegal. Cars and drivers legal under NHRA advanced ET specifications may dial below 7.50 provided they meet all safety and credential requirements pursuant to NHRA Advanced ET specifications. Deep staging is not allowed. Courtesy staging will be enforced. Cross talk will be on.

FAST FORD (No Elec.) 1/4: This category is reserved for Ford bodied or Ford powered race cars not using electronic driving aids or throttle controls, running elapsed times of 5.00 seconds and slower. The Fast Ford class may be considered a foot brake class, where the driver’s foot must perform the launching of the vehicle. The following devices are not allowed to aid in the launch of the vehicle: delay boxes, throttle stops, throttle controls, two and three step rev limiters, line locks or trans brakes. Line locks are only allowed on non-driven wheels and may only be used to perform stationary burnouts and assist race cars equipped with fully manual transmissions, with a foot operated clutch with holding a car on the starting line. All wiring for a line lock device must be completely exposed at all times from the button to the solenoid. Trans brakes may be installed and used for the following purposes only: The trans brake may act as a reverse lockout device for modern automatic transmissions. The trans brake button may be activated to back the race car after a burn-out or other similar activity only. The trans brake may not be used in any way to launch the vehicle. Drivers must have both hands on the steering wheel at the 10 and 2 o’clock position when staging the vehicle. All wiring to the trans brake button and solenoid must be completely exposed at all times. Quick disconnect wiring will be allowed. Delay boxes, etc. on quick disconnects must be completely removed from the vehicle during Fast Ford competition. Any device may be removed at any time by the Event Coordinator or Tech Official. Discovery of electronic devices, not removed from quick disconnects during Fast Ford competition will result in automatic disqualification, and possible further disciplinary actions. Deep staging is not allowed. Courtesy staging will be enforced. Cross talk will be off.

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Fun Ford Weekend Fans Can Donate to Meals on Wheels for a Discounted Ticket at Texas Motorplex

October 1, 2011 by  
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FUN FORD WEEKEND FANS CAN DONATE TO MEALS ON WHEELS FOR A DISCOUNTED TICKET AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX
Fans That Bring Canned Food Items Get in for Just $5

ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 1, 2011) – The holiday season is right around the corner and unfortunately, there are many people who will go without the big family dinners that warm the soul and fill the belly. Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit organization created to help those who need help – especially when it comes to food and a daily connection with a caring member of the community.

Texas Motorplex staffers drive a Meals on Wheels route in Ennis, but are now asking fans to help stock the shelves of Meals on Wheels this holiday season.

Fans who bring canned food items for the Saturday, Oct. 8 Fun Ford Weekend will get an adult spectator ticket for just $5! Meals on Wheels will have representatives on site collecting the food that will immediately help an organization that has seen an increase of clientele this year.

“Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis counties is grateful to Texas Motorplex for its continued partnership in serving the needy homebound elderly and disabled of Ellis County,” said Lisa Hicks, Meals on Wheels representative. “Without the support of businesses and volunteers, Meals-on-Wheels would not be able to meet the needs of our neighbors.”

Fun Ford Weekend is finally making its return to Texas Motorplex and the nation in 2011 and will expand the series nationally in 2012.

Fun Ford Weekend is a celebration of one of America’s most popular brands. The Motorplex will be filled with a car show, swap meet, car corral, concert, BBQ picnic and of course, drag racing with the region’s top racers including the blazing-fast fan-favorites – Pro Mods.

SCHEDULE: FRIDAY, OCT. 7 – Fast Friday gates open 6 p.m.; Racing from 7 p.m. – midnight.
SATURDAY, OCT. 8 – Participant and spectator gates open 8 a.m.; Registration & Tech 8 a.m. – noon; Time trials start at 9 a.m.; Car Show judging starts at 2 p.m.; Live band and BBQ with two acts, noon-3 p.m.; Pro Show Round 1 at noon; Final eliminations start at 1 p.m.; Car show special awards 3 p.m.; Pro Show Round 2 starts at 3 p.m.; Pro Show Round 3 at 5 p.m.

TICKETS: Fast Friday, Oct. 7: Free parking, spectator and participant admission: $5-10.

SATURDAY, OCT. 8, 2011: Parking is $5 in spectator lot, $20 in VIP pit area

Adult: $10 or JUST $5 with a canned food item for Meals on Wheels
Youth (6-15): $5
Children (5 and under) FREE

Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. The Billy Meyer-owned facility hosts a number of racing and car show events between March and November each year and also features the Champion’s Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.

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