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Holman promotes Lucas Oil at the WKC swap meet
Pictures courtesy of Steve Holman
Can-Ams at the Canadian Motorsports Expo
The #40 Mackereth and #49 Walsh cars were
on display getting great exposure for their sponsors
Pictures courtesy of Ralph Webb
LUCAS OIL CONTINUES PARTNERSHIP
The Can-Am Midget Racing Club is proud to announce the
continued partnership with Lucas Oil for the 2011 season. President Ken
Lorenz made the announcement as the Club released their 2011 schedule for
the 46th year.
"Lucas Oil Products is proud to continue the title
sponsorship of the Can-Am Midget Club. We have retained a successful working
relationship and been a major supporter of
the series for over half a decade," said Tom Bogner, Director of Lucas Oil
Motorsports. "This is a testament to the success of the Lucas Oil Can-Am
Midget Club and the fierce driver competition and high energy racing that
the series produces. We are looking forward to the quality brand exposure
Lucas Oil receives and an exciting 2011 season."
"The 45 year history of the Club is a tribute to the
relationships we have with our sponsors," said Lorenz. "Running under the
Lucas Oil flag provides instant name recognition in the racing world and we
look forward to 2011 to showcase exciting, competitive racing for the fans."
The 2011 season begins at Flamboro Speedway (Ont) on
Saturday, May 14th after two practice/tech days. The series returns to
Sunset Speedway (Ont) for two Sunday events, May 22nd and August 21st. This
will be the first return to Sunset Speedway since the track was reconfigured
in 2009. "We have been looking forward to returning to the 'new' Sunset
Speedway since it became managed by promoter Mark Dilley," said Lorenz.
On June 4th the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets will join the
Casey's Midgets at Lake Erie Speedway in Pennsylvania for their 2nd annual
joint venture bringing together these two Clubs. In 2010 42 TQ midgets were
on hand in front of a crowd of 5563 race fans! Mother Nature won that event
but hopes are high for a better result in 2011. The midgets will be at
Peterborough Speedway (Ont) on June 11th and will be at Grand Bend Speedway
for two races. They have four scheduled shows at Flamboro and are at Sauble
Speedway (Ont) for the three long Canadian Holiday weekends. Barrie Speedway
(Ont) will host the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets on Saturday, August 20th.
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets will have the first "Dan May
Memorial Race" at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday, July 9th. May was a long
time racer of TQ #7 with the Club and tragically died in an automobile
accident in the fall. He will also be remembered for winning the Indoor
Series at the Niagara Falls Convention Center in Niagara Falls, New York in
2011 is building up to be an exciting year as a number of
owners and drivers have stepped up their program over the winter. Rob Neely,
2010 Champion, will face some tough competition from drivers such as Darren
McLennan, Barry Dunn and Chris Holman. James Gray, finishing in second place
in 2010, is reported to be running a limited schedule in 2011 as is new Dad,
Greg Smulders. You can never count out the hard chargers like Daniel
Bois, Todd Cresswell, Corey Moesker, Tom Kyle, David Balych, and Mack DeMan
to fight their way up through the field to the front.
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget series
has announced it tentative schedule for the 2011 racing season, the 46th in Club
Click here for the tentative dates
2011 Rules Updates
Check out the results of the 2011 Rules
CAN-AM MIDGETS CELEBRATE 45TH YEAR
The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets celebrated 45 years of racing
at their Annual Awards Banquet held Saturday night in Niagara Falls,
Ontario. Canadian driver Rob Neely, the 2010 Track Champion,
celebrated with American car owners Ken and Cindy Lorenz, making this the
first 'true' Can-Am Championship. Thanking his car owners, his wife Yvonne,
his parents, and his competitors, Neely gave an emotional acceptance speech.
It had been 25 years since his last championship. "With the continued
support of Lucas Oil, Hoosier Tires/Bicknell Racing, and Lincoln Welders,
the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets continue to provide the fans with exciting
open-wheel racing. I want to thank them." said Neely.
2010 Champions - Cindy Lorenz, Rob Neely, Yvonne Neely, Ken Lorenz
He had started driving for the Lorenz family in 2007 and
finished in 2nd place that year, followed by 4th place in 2008 and again in
2nd place in 2009. 2010 became 'the year' as a theme of 'In It To Win
It' led the team all season. Leading the points from the first green flag
until the last checkered one, Neely won five feature races out of 14 and was
in the top five for all but three of them. The Home Hardware Series at
Sauble Speedway, a series within the series, awarded Neely with the 'Boss of
the Beach' surfboard trophy for winning that 7 race event. He had 3 wins, 2
second place finishes and one third place in that series. Mother Nature won
Can-Am Midget President Ken Lorenz welcomed everyone to the
45th Annual Awards Banquet on a sad note with the passing of driver Dan May
one week ago in a car accident. Earlier in the year, long time member Roger
Riberdy also passed away. Ken asked everyone to take the time to enjoy your
family and friends as your life could change in an instant. They will be
Trophies were given out to the following drivers in the top
12 in points. Second place, James Gray, 3rd place Darren McLennan, 4th place
Barry Dunn, 5th place Greg Smulders.
Greg Smulders, 4th-Barry Dunn, 3rd-Darren McLennan, 2nd-James Gray, Ken
Followed by Chris Holman, Daniel Bois, Todd Cresswell, Corey
Moesker, Tom Kyle, David Balych, and Mac DeMan.
Lorenz, 10th-Tom Kyle, 7th-Cliff Walsh, 6th-Steve Holman, 8th Todd Cresswell
Special Awards given out included the 'George McIntyre
Memorial Rookie of the Year' presented to Rob Divenanzo. The 'Albert Banyard Sportsman
Of The Year' went to Vic Aguadualto and the 'Rick Sykes Memorial Most
Improved Driver' was awarded to Barry Dunn. The 'Harry Macy Mechanic
of the Year' award went to Ken Lorenz. For the fourth time, Race Director
Terry Watts received the 'Official of the Year' award. The 'Best
Appearing Car and Crew' went to the #48 McLennan Race Team.
Rookie of the Year - Rob Divenanzo
Sportsman Of The Year - Vic Aguadualto
Most Improved Driver - Barry Dunn
Mechanic of the Year - Ken Lorenz
Best Appearing Car and Crew - #48 McLennan Race
Ken Lorenz presented his annual 'President's Award' to Kelly
Kyle and Dan Balych for all their efforts in the 50/50 draws this season.
Kelly Kyle, Ken Lorenz, David Balych
A Special 'Thanks' was given to Ron McKay from Hoosier Tire/
Bicknell Racing for their 15 years as the 'Official Tire' of the Lucas Oil
Can-Am Midgets. Ralph Webb and Colormark were also thanked for all the
Champions banners, awards, and banquet programs. Norkim
Distributors provided the beautiful trophies and NAPA, Lincoln Welders,
Neely Auto, and Bill Cresswell provided the items for the raffle. Thanks to
everyone for a great evening and now let's prepare for the 46th year of
Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget racing in 2011.
Story by Cindy Lorenz
Pictures by Ralph Webb
Dan May Passes
Dan May was killed in a car accident on
Our Deepest Sympathies go out to the
entire May family.
Dan was a hard charging racer who
above all loved his family. He will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.