With its series premier event at Texas Motor Speedway little more than one month away, PACE Motor Sports has scheduled a private, invitation-only test session to finalize its 2000 rules structure and race procedures.

The test, which is set to take place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis on April 1, has been devised to gather data for PACE sanctioning body Formula USA, specifically with regard to the carburetor and restrictor rules which are being formulated to equalize the competition among the wide variety of dirt track equipment that will be used in the Wrenchead.com National Dirt Track Series, according to PACE Director of Dirt Track Operations Bob Moran.

"We plan to gather as much data as possible and base our restrictor rules upon that data," Moran said. "We will be using the current 750cc equipment as the standard, and we plan to test around 120 different restrictors on the various bikes (600cc, 750cc and 1000cc) in order to level the playing field. The majority of our rulebook has been finalized, but we want to pay particular attention to the restrictor rules."

Moran said that several testing procedures will be implemented, including radar testing, to determine the various trap speeds of the different motorcycles.

"We will also be sorting out our transponder system," Moran said.

The transponders that Moran is referring to are those that will be used during the group qualifying sessions that are to be part of each Wrenchead.com National Dirt Track Series round. They will also be used during the actual competition.

Several of the top dirt track teams in the country have been invited to the test, including reigning AMA Grand National Champion Chris Carr's Harley-Davidson of Sacramento team, the Tom Cummings Racing Team, Rod Lake Racing, Team Powell/Sunoco with rider J.R. Schnabel and the Corbin Racing/Burks Motorsports team.

The opening round for PACE's "Dirty Dozen" is scheduled to take place at Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas, Texas, on May 6.

Flat Track News

By Scott Rousseau

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