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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FUN FORD WEEKEND KICKS OFF WITH CRUISE FROM SAM PACK’S FORD DEALERSHIP IN CARROLLTON

September 28, 2011 by  
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FUN FORD WEEKEND KICKS OFF WITH CRUISE FROM SAM PACK’S PRIVATE CAR COLLECTION WAREHOUSE IN CARROLLTON
Fun Ford Weekend Returns to Texas Motorplex Oct. 8

ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 26, 2011) – Get ready to celebrate the Blue Oval – Fun Ford Weekend is back at Texas Motorplex!

Fun Ford Weekend, presented by JE Pistons and RoushYates, will make its long-awaited return to Texas Motorplex, Oct. 8 and there isn’t a better way to kick off the celebration than by cruising to the track.

Sam Pack’s Automotive Warehouse in Carrollton will be the starting point for a cruise to Texas Motorplex on Saturday, Oct. 8. There will be plenty of Fords, coffee, donuts and an exciting chance to go through Sam Pack’s private collection of vintage vehicles at his warehouse which is not open to the public.

“The warehouse is a great place to start the cruise,” Brian Huth, manager of Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Ltd., said. “Mr. Pack has a unique collection of cars from all eras inside this warehouse, so it’s a rare opportunity to get a peek behind the curtain, so to speak, at his private car collection.”

The cruise will leave the warehouse at 8:30 a.m. for the 50-minute cruise to Texas Motorplex. All participants who pre-register will receive a car flag that will allow them VIP entrance into the Motorplex through a private gate.

Call (800) MOTORPLEX or go online now for tickets or to register for the event as a participant. Fun Ford Weekend offers the best in Ford car show, drag racing, show-n-shine, live entertainment and more!

What: Fun Ford Weekend Cruise to the Motorplex

When: Saturday Oct. 8; Warehouse opens at 7:30 a.m., cruise departs at 8:30 a.m. for Texas Motorplex

Where: Sam Pack’s automotive collection warehouse 1745 Hayden, Carrollton (Just north of Belt Line Road)

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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True Street Rules – Texas Motorplex Fun Ford Weekend, Oct. 8, 2011

September 28, 2011 by  
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True Street Rules – Texas Motorplex Fun Ford Weekend, Oct. 8, 2011

All vehicles must be a FFW approved vehicle and conform to these guidelines

Engine
Block: Any modifications permitted. Must be Ford based configuration
Cylinder heads: Any modification accepted, No restrictions
Induction: No restrictions, Any configuration. Carburetion (multiple), fuel injection, Nitrous oxide (multiple stages), Single or dual Turbos, Superchargers, Multiple power adders allowed
Exhaust: closed exhaust system required. Must exit from outlet of mufflers. Must aim towards rear of vehicle. Tailpipes not required, turndowns are permitted.
Fuel system: fuel cell permitted, any style fuel pump (mechanical or electric) permitted, any octane or form
Cooling: Radiator required. mechanical or electric fans and water pumps permitted, no external cooling devices allowed

Drive Train
Rear end: Any configuration permitted
Transmission: Any type or speeds, Manual or automatic permitted, any shifter type permitted
Clutch: any form or configuration permitted. Must be operated by drivers foot

Suspension
Front: Any style permitted, including bolt on tubular k members, front clips, coil over struts and shocks.
Rear: Any style permitted, including tubs or min tubs, wheelie bars prohibited

Body& Chassis
Roll Cage: Any style permitted.
Body: Any stock production body required. Fiberglass or composite body panels accepted. Must have hood, hood scoops accepted, Any rear wing configuration accepted. Oem safety glass required and must be functional. Non -approved alterations to gain advantage prohibited, must maintain original height, width, length and shape.
Frame: Must have stock style frame rails, Full tube Chassis prohibited.
Weight: No minimum or maximum limit

Wheels and Tires
Wheels: Any Size and material, spindle mount prohibited
Tires: Any size DOT slick, DOT radial, DOT legal tire required for all wheels. Racing slicks prohibited.

Street Equipment
All vehicles must have working Headlights, tail lights, Brake lights, turn Signals, horn, wipers, must have valid state inspection sticker (if required), Valid driver’s license, valid registration and insurance ID, No dealer plates, No copies or faxes accepted. Original documents only!

Road Cruise
All vehicles after passing True Street Tech will proceed to the designated 30 mile road cruise. Escort will be supervising the cruise in accordance with local laws and officials. Burnouts and other illegal acts before during the cruise are prohibited and subject to disqualification. Support vehicles are allowed on cruise but will be behind entire group of True Street participants. Any Vehicle not able to complete the road cruise under its own power will be disqualified along with driver. After completion of the road cruise all vehicles will be impounded in a designated area in the pits for True Street participants only. Opening of the hood is prohibited once the road cruise begins and three (3) rounds of completion have been completed. If the hood is opened during that time, the vehicle and driver will be disqualified. Opening of the trunk or rear hatch is allowed prior to the first round of completion (i.e. hooking up or turning on nitrous bottle). Changing or installing nitrous is prohibited once racing commences, external cooling of an engine or transmission is not allowed, no external fans, ice or pressurized fluids may be used, radiator mounted electric cooling fan is allowed, no battery chargers may be connected after the beginning of the road cruise, if the battery is unable to start your vehicle during racing, both the vehicle and driver will be disqualified, no repairs are to be performed from underneath of any form. Any attempt to perform repairs will be grounds for disqualification. Air pressure may be checked in tires but air may only be removed. No inflation of tires is permitted after the road cruise commences. No Chassis adjustments are allowed after the road cruise begins. Refueling or adding fuel is prohibited after road cruise begins.

Race Procedure
Hoods, Trunk, Hatches are not to be opened for any reason during the three (3) competition passes. Hatchbacks may reach through passenger compartment to access rear area only to open nitrous bottles., Tire pressures may be checked, air may only be removed, no inflation of tires is permitted, vehicles must return from each competition pass under its own power, NO tow vehicles allowed. NO chassis adjustments are allowed during competition. If you experience any problem (mechanical or otherwise) and cannot make a pass, if you oil down or crash on the track surface, you jeopardize yourself or others, notify a FFW official of your withdrawal from competition. Only driver will be permitted in vehicle during the three passes. All crew members will be permitted in designated areas only, all cars and drivers must make all three (3) passes, if vehicle will not start under its own power car and driver will be disqualified, no push starts of vehicle. Participants must make all three (3) passes together as a group. After the three (3) passes are complete, ET’s will be added up, and then divided by Three (3) establishing an average used to place the drivers. The three (3) run average will be used to determine the runner-up, winner, and index winner

Winner: Quickest average E.T. of three (3) runs
Runner-up: 2nd Quickest average E.T. of three (3) runs
10 sec. index: Closest average time to 10.0 sec.
11 sec. index: Closest average time to 11.0 sec.
12 sec. index: Closest average time to 12.0 sec.
13 sec. index: Closest average time to 13.0 sec.

All results from FFW staff are final; averages will be posted the day of the race at the FFW show tent. All vehicles must pass track and or NHRA technical inspection and must be legal for the elapsed times, and speed they run. Drivers must have proper licensing (i.e. Cars running 9 sec. driver needs 9 sec license). It is up to the track and officials to enforce all safety rules and regulations. Any questions or concerns must be presented to a FFW official prior to race completion.

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Fun Ford Weekend at Memphis International Raceway – October 15

September 28, 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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Wiley X Pairs With Fun Ford Weekend Series for Sunglass Giveaway and Promotion

September 28, 2011 by  
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Wiley X Pairs With Fun Ford Weekend Series for Sunglass Giveaway and Promotion
Racers who run with a Wiley X/Roush Yates decal can win a free pair of sunglasses

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Sept. 7, 2011) – Beginning with the next Fun Ford Weekend event at Virginia Motorsports Park, September 10, Wiley X and Roush Yates will be giving away free sunglasses to lucky winners of three different bracket race classes. The Wiley X Fun Ford Weekend sunglasses promotion is courtesy of Wiley X and Roush Yates Performance Products.

These sunglasses, valued at $140, will be given to winners and runners up for Fast Ford, Quick Ford and DOT Street Ford bracket races at the four remaining events for 2011:

-Petersburg, VA, Virginia Motorsports Park (09/10/11)
-Jupiter, FL, Palm Beach Intl Raceway (09/17/11)
-Ennis, TX, Texas Motorplex (10/08/11)
-Millington, TN Memphis International Raceway (10/15/11)

Racers must run with a Wiley X/Roush Yates decal to be eligible. Contingency decals will be available at tech inspection.

Each track will also be doing random prize drawings throughout the day, giving away additional pairs to fans that sign up at the event. (registration cards will be handed out at gate entry)

Ford fans not able to attend an event can visit www.funfordweekend.com to sign up for a chance to be a winner in our weekly drawing.

FUN FORD WEEKEND MID-ATLANTIC FORD FESTIVAL
VIRGINIA MOTORSPORTS PARK

Friday, September 9
VMP Street Wars 6:00p – 11p (Designated staging lanes for Fun Ford racers)

Saturday, September 10
Vendor Gate: 7AM
Gates Open: 8AM
Test N Tune: 9AM
Car Show Registration: 9AM-3PM
Time Runs Begin 11:00AM
Qualifying Begins: NOON
Car Show Judging: 12PM – 4PM
True Street Cruise: 2:20PM
Eliminations: 3PM
Car Show Awards: 5PM
Car Show Parade: 6:30PM
(Down Track in front of Grandstands)

GATE PRICES
Adult Spectator $15
Crew $15
Children 12 & under FREE
Car Show (Car & Driver) $25
Ford Bonus Ticket (1 pax with Car Show Entry) $7
Test N Tune $25
Swap Meet (1 20×20 space & 1 gate Entry) $25
Car Corral (1 20×20 space & 1 gate Entry) $25

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

ET Bracket Classes
Fast Ford (Electronics Class – 1/8th Mile) $40
Quick Ford (No Electronics Class – 1/4th Mile) $40
Street Ford (DOT Tire & Registration Required – 1/4th Mile) $25
Tuff Truck (any Ford Truck – 1/4th Mile) $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
X275 Street Shootout – 1/8th Mile $50
5.90 Renegade – 1/8th Mile $60

Street Cruise & Drag Race Class
(A 20 mile street cruise & 3 back to back 1/4 Mile runs)
True Street – 1/4th Mile $35

CLASSES

FAST FORD – Electronics Class, 0-7.99 ET in the 1/8th Mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own

QUICK FORD – No Electronics Class, 9-17.99 ET in the 1/4 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.

X275 STREET SHOOTOUT- 1/8th Mile, .400 Pro Tree, Heads Up

TRUE STREET – 1/4 Mile, .400 Pro Tree, All Run

5.90 RENEGADE – 1/8 mile,

PURSE & PAYOUTS

ET Bracket Classes
Fast Ford Winner $1200 Runner Up $300 Round Money $30
Quick Ford Winner $1200 Runner Up $300 Round Money $30
Street Ford Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY
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
X275 Street Shootout Winner $850 Runner Up $350 Semis $150 Qtrs: $50
5.90 Renegade Winner $1000 Runner Up $500 Semis $150 Qtrs: $50

True Street 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 – 1/8th Mile, Full Tree
Fast Ford Winner $1200 Runner Up $300 Round Money $30 Buy Back $30
Electronics Class, 0-7.99 ET in the 1/8th 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 $1200 Runner Up $300 Round Money $30 Buy Back $30
No Electronics Class, 9-17.99 ET in the 1/4 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 TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY 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)

5.90 RENEGADE – 1/8 Mile, Pro Tree
Winner $1000 Runner Up $500 Semis $150 Qtrs: $50 Buy Back $30
1/8 mile heads up .400 Pro Tree, All Run Field, Pro Ladder at 16 cars or less. No Weight Limit, Any Tire Size Allowed, Any Power Adder Combo Allowed, No Throttle Stops, Door Cars Only All Protest must be made before first round Elims

TRUE STREET – 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 VMP
Virginia Motorsports Park is a 500-acre; state-of-the-art multi-million dollar drag racing facility built in 1994 and is the largest facility of its kind on the East Coast. The Virginia Motorsports Park facility also includes a 1.2-mile national motocross facility, a 1,500-seat Mud Bog and Truck Pull Arena, a brand new BMX track, and hosts concerts throughout the year. Virginia Motorsports Park is located just south of Petersburg, VA off I-85, exit 63A. For more information about VMP’s 2011 racing season, be sure to visit www.virginiamotorsports.com

About Roush Yates Engines
Roush Yates Engines designs, engineers and crafts high performance racing engines with the power to perform and the horsepower and durability you’d expect from legendary NASCAR pioneers Jack Roush and Robert Yates. The partnership of power and precision has come from merging the knowledge and experience of two legendary engine builders, both with a passion for winning today and powering up for tomorrow. In 2009 Doug Yates purchased his father’s half of Roush Yates Engines to become a co-owner in the company.

As CEO, Doug Yates leads a staff of 180 engineers and technicians who design, assemble, test, and service racing engines at two separate state-of-the-art facilities in Mooresville, North Carolina. Here, the best minds and latest technology are hard at work producing nearly 1,500 racing engines each year for teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA, Grand-Am, FIA GT3, Dirt Late Model, Sprint cars, and NHRA Pro Stock. At Roush Yates Engines, the mission is Power Performance, which is achieved through innovation, design, precision engineering, and skillful craftsmanship. Building the best engines in racing today, providing service that’s second to none, and honoring a commitment to research and development are the heart of Roush Yates Engines.

About JE Pistons
With over 60 years of experience, JE Pistons is the leader in high performance racing pistons. Top engine builders in NASCAR, ALMS, NHRA, AMA Supercross and other professional racing organizations choose JE Pistons over any other brand. JE’s position at the forefront of racing pistons has been a result of continuous research and development of piston design, manufacturing and technologies. As a result, JE Pistons can manufacture high quality custom pistons for nearly any 4-stroke engine application in a little as 5 days! In addition to custom pistons, JE also stocks over 1200 off-the-shelf piston part numbers for hundreds of popular engine combinations.

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Fantastic Fun Ford Weekend at Palm Beach International Raceway on Saturday

September 18, 2011 by  
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Fantastic Fun Ford Weekend at Palm Beach International Raceway on Saturday

JUPITER, FL – September 17, 2011 – Palm Beach International Raceway carried the Blue Oval flag for the inaugural Fun Ford Weekend at the South Florida track. Ford makes and models of all eras were represented on the drag strip, car show and autocross. The inaugural Fun Ford Weekend presented by Roush Yates and JE Pistons brought many Ford fans to PBIR on Saturday afternoon.

Once spectators entered the gates at PBIR, they were greeted by a car show of more than 100 cars. Classics, customs, modern and modified Fords filled the southern portion of PBIR’s road course. Corralled by the SouthFlordiaStangs.net group, judges awarded more than 30 awards to the car show participants. One of the most popular Fords of the day was the 1965 Mustang Fastback owned by Shannon Kelleher, who walked away with the Mustang 64-70, Best of Show and People’s Choice car show awards.

Those looking to try their hand and the ride and handling portion of Fun Ford Weekend participated in the autocross held on the north end of PBIR’s road course. The solo-timed autocross was a favorite of muscle car enthusiasts that wanted to test everything from handling and suspension to tire grip. Frank Perdomo posted the quickest time on the road course with a 73.171-second loop.

“We were very impressed with the racer, car show and spectator turnout for Fun Ford Weekend at PBIR on Saturday,” said Jason Rittenberry, President and CEO of Palm Beach International Raceway. “As another first-time event at PBIR, we welcomed many new fans and racers to the track. We’re looking forward to expanding our Fun Ford Weekend event here in South Florida.”

The highlight of the Fun Ford Weekend celebration at PBIR was the exhibition runs by Animal Jim Feurer in his 1979 Mammoth Mercury and David Douthit, driver of the Ford Focus Jet Car. The packed grandstand had fans on their feet cheering for one of the pioneers of Pro Modified drag racing – Animal Jim Feurer. In an impressive exhibition, David Douthit in his Ford Focus “Focus This” Jet Car powered his way down the drag strip, with a weekend best time of 9.332-second pass at 176.12 miles per hour.

On track activity continues next week at Palm Beach International Raceway. On Sunday, September 18, the SCCA Solo Autocross takes to PBIR’s road course. Then on Tuesday, PBIR hosts the motorless Two Wheel Tuesdays were bicyclers, rollerbladers and runners take to the two-mile road course. Wednesday and Friday nights feature the weekly Quarter-Mile Test and Tune on the drag strip. Full events schedules are available at www.racepbir.com.

FUN FORD WEEKEND RACING RESULTS
Quick Ford (Electronic) – Frank Anbrosino (Palm Bay, FL) 12.062 at 110.22 def Mike Howard (1991 Mustang, Stuart, FL) 10.624 at 124.52

Fast Ford (Non-Electronic) – David Green (1994 Cobra, Hollywood, FL) 11.491 at 110.72 def James Barlow (1967 Cougar, Port St. Lucie, FL) 10.833 at 122.77

True Street (DOT) – Peter Del Pino (2007 Mustang, Miami Lakes, FL) 11.710 at 111.56 def Joe Matyuf (2006 Mustang, Sunrise, FL) 12.222 at 112.62

Quick 16 Ford – Tony Lobaldo, (2005 Mustang, Pembroke Pines, FL), 5.149 at 135.77 def no show. Opponent broke in semi-final round.

Quick 16 Doorcar – Frank Corvino Jr., (1967 GTO, Delray Beach, FL) 5.574 at 126.74 def Johnny Casquilla (1988 Camaro, Lake Worth, FL) 5.535 at 123.10

Quick 16 Dragster – Bruce Liberman (2011 Miller, West Palm Beach, FL) 7.239 at 185.05 def Keith Russell (2001 Undercover, Jupiter, FL) 7.746 at 169.64

Mustang Madness – Ronnie Wilson (2000 Ford, Tamarac, FL) 8.097 at 169.17 def Haskell Mackowski (1989 Ford, Miami, FL) foul (7.929 at 177.58)

Tough Trucks – Jack Stonehill (2003 Harley Davison F-150, West Palm Beach, FL) 13.343 at 100.25 def Matt Hermes (2004 Ford Lightning, Lantana, FL) 10.394 at 130.35

Autocross – Winner: Frank Perdomo – 73.171s, Runner Up – Mitch Sirlin 75.574s

FUN FORD WEEKEND CAR SHOW AWARDS
Mustang 64-70 – Shannon Kelleher
Mustang 79-93 – Scott Root
Mustang 94-98 – Bill Gibson
Mustang 99-04 – Robert Golden
Mustang 05-Current – Kevin Garrow
SVT & Cobra Mustang – John Rodriguez
SVT – Paul Rogers
Roush Mustang – Danny Sullivan
Saleen Mustang – Chris Garrett
Steeda Mustang – James Muir
Shelby & BOSS – Dennis Riondow
Falcon, Fairlane, Maverick – Frank Perdomo
Thunderbird – John Knopf
Ford Full Size Cars – All Years – Harry Horton
Ford Lightning – Mark Abiel
Pre-49 Street Rods & Custom – John Sullivan
Ford Full size – Lester Taylor
Race Car & Pro Street – John Dunham
Ford Compact – All Years – Kristen Rogers
Lincoln – Joe Morse
Mercury – Jack Krouskroup

ADDITIONAL CAR SHOW AWARDS

Best of Show –Shannon Kelleher – 1965 Mustang Fastback
Track Choice – Rich Hoffman – 1967 Sunbeam Tiger
Best Wheels – Dana and Annette Bowers – 1966 Mustang Fastback
Cool Factor – Tim Simmons – 1955 Ford Custom Line
People’s Choice – Shannon Kelleher – 1965 Mustang Fastback
Best Engine – Steve Procko – 1997 Mustang Cobra
Best Paint/Body – Wayne Rhodes – 2003 Mustang Cobra

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 Palm Beach International Raceway
Palm Beach International Raceway is a state-of-the-art venue and one of the most popular raceways in the country for racers and spectators alike. As a leader in its operating form and function, PBIR seeks to provide its drivers with a higher level of challenge, excellence and opportunity. PBIR boasts three completely refurbished, exceptionally designed tracks, including a high-performance road course, an all-concrete drag strip and a 7/10’s mile karting track and new karting center. The technologically superior two-mile road course features some of the fastest and most challenging corners and straight-aways offered by any track in North America. PBIR is sanctioned by the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and is pending certification by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the governing body for many major racing events. For more information on PBIR, please visit the venue’s website at www.RacePBIR.com.

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