The American Motor Racing Association's ownership has been transferred to DRIVE—a group of investors from various aspects of the racing community.
DRIVE is an acronym for Driver, Race Promoter, Investment, Vision, Equitable, and the mission of DRIVE is to promote dirt track racing in an effective, economical, and simplistic fashion that insures a safe, level playing field for dirt modified and dirt late model racers.
Through the AMRA, DRIVE will strive to keep costs for racers at an affordable level, improve and equalize competition, unite area promoters under one uniform set of rules, and energize the foundation of dirt track racing fans throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia.
The AMRA will build upon the strong foundation established during the previous 19 years that the organization has been in existence.
Under new leadership, the organization will take the lead in restructuring and enforcing its rules package, while at the same time working to reduce costs, increase participation and fan involvement, and help to promote AMRA sanctioned tracks.
Scott Wolfe, Director of Racing Operations for the AMRA the past three years, will remain in that position, and will be the point of contact for the new organization. Wolfe can be reached at 740/992-1490, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail at Scott Wolfe, AMRA, Box 872, Racine, Ohio 45771.
What will remain is the lucrative National AMRA Points Fund, which has paid out several hundred thousand dollars in cash awards over the past 19 seasons, most recently paying out over $40,000 at its 2012 awards dinner and banquet.
It is the AMRA's intention to restore the weekly points to pay back 35 spots in 2013 in the open wheel modified division, and to maintain the point funding commitment to the AMRA Late Model division.
It is also AMRA's intention to once again offer a "parts and equipment package" valued at well over $10,000 for member competitors. The revised rules package will be available in print and on the AMRA website no later than January 15.
AMRA is updating contacts with speedways in the region, and the organization hopes to announce a technical director soon, and announce the site and date for a tech seminar tentatively set for late January.
The AMRA will once again be racing on Hoosier Tires in its modified division for 2013, as Hoosier will contribute significantly to the season's point fund.
Drivers and fans can find updates on www.amramodified.com.