SFX Motor Sports Group has released its 2001 Formula USA National Dirt Track Series schedule.
The current schedule features 10 confirmed events and re-visits six cities where the series ran last season, with two additional dates to be announced later. The series is scheduled to begin in late spring and run through summer before finishing in October with the Concours D' Elegance/K&N Filters Del Mar Mile at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California.
Formula USA has also revised its focus within the series, the sanctioning body claiming that it is looking forward to introducing dirt track racing to a number of new market areas as part of its overall strategy to grow the popularity of the sport. Part of the plan calls for some events to be recognized as "Grand Slam" events. Four returning dates, including the Oklahoma City Half Mile, Rapid City Half Mile, Seattle Mile and Sacramento Mile, lead to the ultimate Grand Slam Finale, the Del Mar event. The Grand Slam events will feature both the 600cc to 1000cc Super Singles & Twins class and the Pro Singles National Championship class. All new dates will be Pro Singles National Championship rounds only.
With the change in direction, Formula USA will award its series points, season-ending points fund and crown its National Champion exclusively from the Pro Singles class. In addition, at the previously mentioned "Grand Slam" events, the series will feature a separate five-race "Challenge" element that will be tied to the Super Singles & Twins (formerly known as National) class.
Formula USA also announced that it has re-signed Wrenchead.com as an associate sponsor for the series. More information on a title sponsor as well as purse information for all of the rounds will be forthcoming. The tentative schedule is as follows:
May 19 TBA
June 9 TBA
June 15 Rochester, NH HM PS
July 14 Oklahoma City, OK HM NC/PS
Aug. 8 Rapid City, SD HM NC/PS
Aug. 25 Vancouver, BC HM PS
Sept. 8 Portland, OR HM PS
Sept. 15 Boise, ID HM PS
Sept. 22 Seattle, WA Mile NC/PS
Sept. 29 Sacramento, CA Mile NC/PS
Oct. 6 Del Mar, CA ST PS
Oct. 7 Del Mar, CA Mile NC/PS