Memphis Announces 2013 Fun Ford Weekend Schedule, Race and Car Show Classes

For the third consecutive year, Memphis International Raceway will host some of the memphis_logomid-south’s best Ford racing and car show with the return of the Fun Ford Weekend Series, June 7 & 8.

“The team at Memphis International Raceway are working very hard to put together an outstanding, family-oriented event for the Ford faithful from all over the mid-south area,” says Jeff Lacina, marketing director for the series. “In the previous years, we’ve had racers and MIR_Blue_Mustang_resizecar show participants from Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois and of course, Tennessee show up for this event. And now with the Fun Ford Weekend Series in its third year, we expect this to be the largest all-Ford event in the area.”

Complete event details, including admission fees, race classes are listed below. Classes for the All FoMoCo Car Show will be announced very soon.

Special Events
Fun Ford Weekend events are packed full of special awards for the racers, car show participants and even include fun activities for the kids.

Special Racer Awards
Aeromotive Eliminator Award: Racers running the Aeromotive decal are eligible to win a $200 Gift Certificate, courtesy of Aeromotive Fuel Systems.

The racer with the “Best Package” of a combined reaction time and dial-in time for Round 1 in Bracket 1 and Bracket 2, will win the $200 Gift Certificate. If the winning racer is running an Aeromotive Fuel Pump or Regulator (verified by Tech Inspection or a Fun Ford Weekend rep.), they will receive an additional $100 Gift Certificate.

The Aeromotive decal is available at Tech Inspection and MUST BE DISPLAYED on the car before first round of eliminations.

The VMP Superchargers True Street Shootout
VMP_hero2“Fun Ford Weekend has a long and storied history with True Street racers,” notes Lacina. “And now with VMP’s support, we’re looking forward to even more growth and participation in this highly-competitive and entertaining race class.”

True Street racers must use cars that are licensed and registered for street use in the owner’s state. To validate their real-world street capabilities, participants are lead on a 30-mile drive before returning to the track to make three back-to-back-to-back passes down the 1/4-mile track. After the three passes are made, E.T.’s will be added up, and then divided by three, establishing an average used to place the drivers. The three run average will be used to determine the winner, runner-up and index winners. Go here for complete rules and visit the VMP Superchargers website here.

MustangGuys.com Fastest 5.0 Shootout
Once again, Fun Ford Weekend will be offering the grassroots racing enthusiast an award and MG Fastest 5.0 HEROrecognition that can’t be earned anywhere else. MustangGuys.com is changing up the program from 2012 and is sponsoring the “MustangGuys.com Fastest 5.0 Shootout” trophy bracket class at all 12 of the 2013 Fun Ford Weekend events.

The MustangGuys.com Fastest 5.0 Shootout will be won by a 5.0-powered Mustang or Ford vehicle. Go here for more information.

Mustang Club of America Discount
“We’re very pleased to have have the Mustang Club of America join with the Fun Ford Weekend Series as a way to add to the excitement of every event, as well as provide a benefit to MCA members at each and every Fun Ford Weekend event,” says Sara Griewing, marketing director for the series.

At every Fun Ford Weekend event, MCA members will receive a discounted admission simply by showing their MCA membership car when their purchase their participant or spectator admission.

Revell Make ‘N’ Take Program
Scale models have been entertaining, educating and thrilling youngsters for generations. revellThat’s why the Fun Ford Weekend Series is so proud to announce that the Revell “Make ‘N Take” program will be a fun-filled part of every 2013 Fun Ford Weekend event. The event will be held in the Car Show Registration tent and is FREE for all spectators and participants.

2013 Fun Ford Weekend at Memphis International Raceway – Event Details:
Spectator Pricing
Adult $20.00
Child 6-12 – $5.00
Child 5 & Under – FREE

RACER PRICES
(Full Body cars must be Ford Body-any power plant allowed & Open Body cars must be Ford Powered) All cars must pass IHRA Safety Technical Inspection.

CAR SHOW CLASSES (Open to ALL Ford, Lincoln and Mercury products)To Be Announced – watch website for updates!

ET Bracket Classes
Fast Ford (Electronics Class – 1/8 Mile) $40
Quick Ford (No Electronics Class – 1/8 Mile) $40
Street Ford (DOT Tire & Registration Required – 1/4th Mile) $35
Tuff Truck (any Ford Truck – 1/4th Mile) $25
MustangGuy.com “Fastest 5.0 Mustang”: $25

Heads Up Classes
11.0 INDEX – 1/4th Mile $35
12.0 INDEX – 1/4th Mile $35
13.0 INDEX – 1/4th Mile $35

VMP Superchargers True Street Shootout – 1/4th Mile $35(A 20 mile street cruise & 3 back to back 1/4 Mile runs)

MUSTANGGUYS.COM FASTEST 5.O – Trophy Class only dial your own bracket race for 5.0L Windsor or Coyote engine Mustang bodied cars. Winner will receive a Limited Edition custom trophy and t-shirt, Runner Up will receive a t-shirt courtesy of MustangGuys.com. For more information see official rules under Participant Info tab.

RACE CLASSES

FAST FORD – Electronics Class, 1/8 Mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own
QUICK FORD – No Electronics Class, 1/8 Mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own
STREET FORD – Street Legal, 1/4 Mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own, All Run
TUFF TRUCK – Street Legal 1/4 Mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own, All Run
HEADS UP INDEX – 11.00, 12.00, 13.00 – 1/4 Mile, .400 Pro Tree.
VMP Superchargers True Street Shootout – 1/4 Mile, .400 Pro Tree, All Run

PURSE & PAYOUTS
ET Bracket Classes
Fast Ford Winner $800 Runner Up $300 Semi $100
Quick Ford Winner $600 Runner Up $200 Semi $75
Street Ford Winner $250 Runner Up $100
Tuff Truck Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY

Heads Up Classes
11.0 INDEX Winner $250 Runner Up $100
12.0 INDEX Winner $250 Runner Up $100
13.0 INDEX Winner $250 Runner Up $100

VMP Superchargers True Street Shootout Race Classes
True Street Winner $250 Runner Up $100
10.00 Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY
11.00 Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY
12.00 Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY
13.00 Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY

CLASS RULES

FAST FORD – 1/8 Mile, Full Tree
Fast Ford Winner $800 Runner Up $300 Semi $100 Buy Back $30
Electronics Class, 1/8 Mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own, All Run Field, No Throttle Stops, Any Power Adder Combo Allowed, Any Tire Size Allowed, No Weight Limit

QUICK FORD – 1/4 Mile, Full Tree
Quick Ford Winner $600 Runner Up $200 Semi $75 Buy Back $30
No Electronics Class, 1/8 Mile, Full Tree, All Run Field, No Throttle Stops, Any Power Adder Combo Allowed, Any Tire Size Allowed, No Weight Limit, must leave off footbrake

STREET FORD – 1/4 Mile, Full Tree
Street Ford Winner $250 Runner Up $100 Buy Back $15
No Slicks, DOT Tires, Registration Required, All Run Field, No Throttle Stops, Any Power Adder Combo Allowed, Any Tire Size Allowed, No Weight Limit

TUFF TRUCK – 1/4 Mile, Full Tree
Tuff Truck Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY Buy Back $15
All Run Field, No Throttle Stops, Any Power Adder Combo Allowed, Any Tire Size Allowed, No Weight Limit
11.00, 12.00, & 13.00 INDEX – 1/4 Mile, Pro Tree
11.0 INDEX Winner $250 Runner Up $100 Buy Back $20
12.0 INDEX Winner $250 Runner Up $100 Buy Back $20
13.0 INDEX Winner $250 Runner Up $100 Buy Back $20
Pro .400 Tree, All Run Field, Closest to Index without going under, No Throttle Stops, Any Power Adder Combo Allowed, Any Tire Size Allowed, No Weight Limit, Ladder BY Previous Round (Closest Reaction Time)

VMP Superchargers True Street Shootout – 1/4 Mile, Pro Tree, All Run
True Street Winner $250 Runner Up $100
10.00 Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY
11.00 Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY
12.00 Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY
13.00 Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY

All vehicles must conform to these guidelines:
1. Must be a Ford bodied or an Open Body that is Ford powered.
2. Any engine is permitted on closed body vehicles.
3. Any style cylinder head is allowed.
4. Any type of induction system is allowed. Both carburetor and fuel injection are permitted.
5. Any form of power adder is allowed, including nitrous, single and twin turbos, and superchargers. Twin power adders are permitted.
6. No minimum race weight is required.
7. A closed exhaust with mufflers is required. All exhaust fumes must exit the outlet of the muffler. Turndowns are permitted.
8. Any style front suspension, including bolt-on tubular K-members, replacement front clips, etc., is permitted.
9. Any rear suspension is allowed, including tubs and mini-tubs.
10. An entry must start, operate, and drive under its own power with one driver in the car.
11. All cars must have D.O.T. approved tires and wheels in the front and rear during the road cruise, and while racing.
12. Car must complete the road cruise of 20 miles, and three rounds of eliminations on one tank of fuel. No refueling will be permitted after the road cruise begins.

All drivers must have the following:
1. A current, valid driver’s license.
2. Valid, current insurance and registration cards for any vehicle entered in competition, which must be presented (with driver’s license at the request of the tech inspector. License plate(s) are mandatory; no dealer plates or registrations. Faxes or letters from insurance companies are not permitted–actual paperwork must be presented when requested.
3. All operational, DOT-mandated safety equipment for the particular model year must be operational, including (but not limited to headlights, taillights, turn signals, horn and brake lights; cars will be checked for proper operation of equipment.
4. A Drag Race entry purchased at the gate.
5. A tech card for track tech. Track tech may follow True Street tech, but will be performed regardless.
6. A pen to fill in the tech card legibly. All information that will be posted after the race, and in the magazine must be legible. We are not responsible for misspelled names, unknown years, and models of cars.

Road Cruise:
1. All vehicles, after passing True Street tech, will proceed to the next segment, the designated road cruise.
2. Escorts will be provided. All participants must obey local and federal traffic laws, including passing, merging and speed limits. Burnouts or other illegal acts before or during the road cruise are prohibited. Violators will be subject to disqualification.
3. All support vehicles (i.e., tow vehicles or any other vehicle that will not be actually racing) are allowed to go on the road cruise, provided they are behind the entire group of True Street participants.
4. Any car unable to complete the road cruise under its own power will be disqualified, along with the driver.
5. After completion of the road cruise, all cars are to go back to designated area for True Street participants which is the Return Road in front of the main grandstands.
6. Opening of the hood is prohibited once the road cruise begins until three rounds of drag strip competition have been completed. If the hood is opened during this time, the car and driver will be disqualified.
7. Opening the trunk or hatch of the car is allowed prior to the first round of competition (i.e., hooking up nitrous bottles. ) Changing nitrous bottles is not permitted once the racing commences.
8. No external cooling of the engine is allowed. No external fans, ice or pressurized fluids may be used. Use of a radiator-mounted primary electric cooling fan is permitted. No battery charger may be connected to the battery after the road cruise. Excessive use of your electric fan may drain your battery. If the battery is unable to start your car during racing, both car and driver will be disqualified.
9. No repairs are to be made from underneath the engine compartment. Any attempts to repair items from underneath will be grounds for disqualification.

Race Procedure:
1. Hoods and deck lids are not to be opened for any reason during the three passes. Hatchback owners may reach through the passenger compartment to access the hatch area only to open nitrous bottles.
2. Tire pressure may be checked, but air can only be removed. No inflation of tires is permitted during the race; therefore, no inflation equipment will be permitted in the car.
3. If you experience any problems (mechanical or otherwise,) and cannot make a pass, do not make it. If you oil down or crash on the track surface, you jeopardize yourself and others. Promptly inform a track official of your withdrawal from the class.
4. Only drivers will be permitted to be with the car during the three passes. All pit members may stand only in the grandstand area or burnout area.
5. If a car is unable to start under its own power, both the driver and car will be disqualified. No push starts will be allowed.
6. All cars and racers must make three runs ¼ Mile, .400 Pro Tree.
7. After the three passes are made, E.T.’s will be added up, and then divided by three, establishing an average used to place the drivers. The three run average will be used to determine the winner, runner-up and index winners.

Winner – Quickest average E.T. of three runs
Runner-up – 2nd Quickest average E.T. of three runs
10 second index – closest average time to 10.0 seconds
11 second index – closest average time to 11.0 seconds|
12 second index – closest average time to 12.0 seconds
13 second index – closest average time to 13.0 seconds

8. All results and decisions from the Fun Ford staff are final. Averages will be posted the day of the race at the Fun Ford car show tent.

All cars must pass track and/or IHRA technical inspection, and must be legal for the elapsed time, and speed they run. Drivers must have proper licensing; i.e., if you have a 9-second car, you must have a 9-second driver’s license. It is up to the track to enforce all safety rules.

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.

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