POWRi Racing will sanction the POWRi Lucas Oil Outlaw Midget Series, which will run its inaugural season in 2013 with an eight-race schedule in New Hampshire and New York.
Greg Olson of Providence, R.I., led a group of car owners and drivers from the Northeast who wanted to establish a touring series for Midgets on dirt and the search led them to POWRi's Kenny Brown, who co-founded the organization with Jim Siner in 2005.
"We had been looking for a sanctioning body for about six months before we met Kenny Brown and after a few meetings and email conversations with them, it was clear to all of us that POWRi was who we wanted to be associated with," Olson said. "Some of the benefits that Kenny offered us we couldn't even get from some of the local and national clubs we talked to.
"Starting a new division has more than its fair share of headaches like liability insurance, secondary medical insurance, rules, whether to be an LLC., Inc., or a club and they are just a few of the hurdles we have to clear. Having POWRi help with some of those issues is worth its weight in gold."
Olson's group began racing five years ago at closed Whip City Speedway in Westfield, Mass., and earned the "Outlaw" designation because it ran without a sanctioning body.
The Midget chassis will run under POWRi technical rules and engines will be Ford Focus or GM Ecotec and Quad-4. Racing procedures will adhere to the POWRi rulebook.
"We've been at this a few years and we've got a lot of support from our tracks and teams to form a series," Olson said. "We're very happy to be part of POWRi. This is a big move for us. We're starting with eight races because many of our drivers compete in other Midget and Sprint divisions and it will allow them to continue to run in them."
POWRi also sanctions the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series, POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series, POWRi Lucas Oil West Series, POWRi Lucas Oil Australian Speedcar Super Series and POWRi Lucas Oil New Zealand Midget Super Series. POWRi also is the promoter at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wis.
"We're excited that Greg's group has decided to align itself with POWRi," Brown said. "One of our missions is to grow Midget racing and a touring series on dirt in this region of the country is a large step forward to doing it."
The POWRi Lucas Oil Outlaw Midget Series schedule for 2013:
April 14 - Albany Saratoga Speedway (4/10-mile), Malta, N.Y.
May 19 - Legion Speedway (1/4-mile), Wentworth, N.H.
May 24-Albany Saratoga Speedway (4/10-mile), Malta, N.Y.
June 14 - Canaan (N.H.) Speedway (1/4-mile).
July 12 - Canaan (N.H.) Speedway (1/4-mile).
Aug. 16 - Albany Saratoga Speedway (4/10-mile),Malta, N.Y.
Aug. 23-Canaan (N.H.) Speedway (1/4-mile).
Sept. 8-Legion Speedway (1/4-mile), Wentworth, N.H.
Sept. 22 - Legion Speedway (1/4-mile), Wentworth, N.H.
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