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January 2007 - MMRA Newsletter

Hello Racers!

A new year is here and the racing season will be starting before we know it.  For the fifth year in a row, we will be kicking off our season in Florida during Speedweeks - but this year will be very different.

For the first time ever, MMRA has rented an entire facility just for our Speedweeks Special event.  From Wednesday, February 14 through Saturday February 17th, we will have Bronson Motor Speedway to ourselves.  Some "old timers" may remember Bronson was the site of our first ever Touring Series race back in 2003.  It is a great track for our cars, and the facility will be a great place to kick off our year.

Bronson is owned by veteran racer Mike Cope who knows what makes a track enjoyable for racers.  Every pit is paved and they even have electricity!  There are no inside retaining wall to tear up cars, a covered tech area, and service trucks will be coming to provide water and dump services for the RV's.

The focus in Florida this year will be on FUN first, and lots of track time second.  We plan to accomplish this by having a short daily schedule, but with only 4 divisions, lots of racing for every racer who comes.  Wednesday will just be practice, pre-tech for racers who need to dial in their cars (and dust off their driving skills).  Then Thursday through Saturday, we will have full Touring Series events each day.  Here is a rough schedule for now:

10am              Gates Open
11 - 1             Practice
1:00                Drivers Meeting
1:30                Qualifying - for front row
2:30                Qualifying Races
4:00                Feature Races

As veterans of Speedweeks know, it gets cold when the sun goes down, so we want to be finished with racing by 6 or 7pm.  Then, everyone will have plenty of time to grab dinner, bench race, and hang out.  Even with the short schedule however, every racer should get several rounds of practice, a qualifying run, qualifying races like NASCAR does at Daytona, and a 50 lap feature - ALL 3 days! 

One more thing we would like to do is have a big cookout after the races one night.  The manager of the track, Tommy Dunford, has said they have grills, etc. and it would be no problem to put something together.  If you, or someone you know, would be willing to help with this effort by purchasing some of the food, helping with cooking, setup, cleanup, etc. please let us know.  Send e-mail to mmra@MMRAracing.com   I think it will be a great time to enjoy racing, warm weather, and the excitement of a new year.

MMRA has made a big investment in this event to provide a great Speedweeks experience for you.  This year should be the best ever, and we hope you will come join us for the fun.  Keep checking back on the MMRA website to see the latest news and information about Speedweeks - and the entire 2007 racing season!

Pete Neimeier
President, MMRA