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This week's show features an interview with not one, but three different people. Brian Finch, Yancy Johns, and Bill Howell all came onto the show to discuss the formation of the American StreetCar Series, which will kick off officially in 2012!
The ASCS is the culmination of several years of the successful "Run To" events that have become popular in the Pro Touring community over the past few years. The first event, Run Through the Hills, was organized by Bill Howell with several of the friends he'd made at the popular pro touring forum, Pro-Touring.com. The event was a success, led to other events in other areas of the country, and now has grown into a full out movement where enthusiasts can push their cars and driving skills to the limit on the autocross, road course, and speed-stop tests. Over the years the aftermarket has responded in full force as well, and now companies like Detroit Speed & Engineering, Hotchkis, and Ride Tech all household names in the world of pro touring.
Brian, Yancy, and Bill have all been active participants in Run To events, and after enjoying the growth of it thought there may be an opportunity to create a formal business to operate the series. Thus, the launch of the American StreetCar Series!
During the interview the trio discussed the 6 events that have been announced for 2012 already as well as the format of the events themselves (including mandatory safety requirements). Long story short, anyone with an American performance car may participate, and while a roll cage is not required, an NSA 2005 or newer helmet is, as is an accessible fire extinguisher for those that wish to participate in the road course section of the events.
As with all forms of racing, without sponsorship it wouldn't be possible. The following companies have already stepped on board to champion the cause, and more may be on the way in the future as well:
- Detroit Speed and Engineering
- Carbon Kustoms
- Ride Tech
- Jet Hot Coatings
- Bowler Transmission
- Royal Purple
- Spectre Performance
- Gateway Classic Mustang