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Inland Empire Late Model Touring Series Ceases Operations

The region's touring late model division, ICAR (Inland Championship Auto Racing) has announced it will not operate a series in 2013 citing schedule conflicts.

Courtesy: ICAR Media Relations

(Spokane, WA) Inland Championship Auto Racing (ICAR) has decided to cancel all scheduled races for the 2013 season. This decision was made in the interest of all parties involved; Tracks, Promoters, Racers, Fans and Sponsors. ICAR will re-evaluate the condition of Late Model racing in 2014 and determine if there is a demand as well as ample support for a Touring Super Late Model series in the future.

There are 23 Late Model / Super Late Model races on 17 weekends scheduled, within a 35 mile radius in 2013? said Mike VanDinter, co-owner of ICAR. “You will find that 6 dates overlap locally and it?s not fair to the racers, fans or sponsors to dilute the product.? He went on the say, “The Late Model class used to be special, however, when they race Late Models locally on a weekly basis, what used to be special is gone. There are so many Late Model races locally we feel that car counts and fan attendance will take a hit and that's not good for the racing industry as whole.”

Co-owner, Corey Juhnke also commented. “We encourage all Late Model teams to support a track or series in the Inland Northwest. Whoever they chose to support, I hope they pledge their allegiance and support them unconditionally. The racers have the choice here; the racers will decide who succeeds and who fails.” Juhnke continued, “There are too many races and not enough race cars to go around. You can't run these cars every week, it won't work. I hope the track promoters see where they are headed and work to change their schedules locally; we have done our part and taken our five races off the table to help free up some dates. We had the best schedule, none of our dates conflicted locally between State Line, SCR nor Ephrata. In addition our schedule was open for all specialty races in the Northwest. We really had a great schedule however, we decided to be an ambassador of the sport and do what's right for all involved. We wish everyone good luck this year and look forward to seeing what 2013 brings.”

Juhnke concluded with “We certainly appreciate the support we received from AppleWay Parts Center as our headline partner for the last three years, however we would be doing a disservice to this great organization asking for their continued support under the current condition of Late Model racing. We owe it to AppleWay to be honest and ethical and do what?s right by them, and I'm confident we have.”

ICAR is a Late Model / Super Late Model series that has been sanctioning races in the region for the past seven years. It was the only touring series in the northwest since the LMCS ceased operations a couple years ago. There have been ICAR sanctioned races at the following tracks: State Line Speedway, ID; Spokane County Raceway, WA; Ephrata Raceway Park, WA; Montana Raceway Park, MT; Mission Valley Speedway, MT.

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