Rose Budgets For IRA Sprint Success
APPLETON, Wis. — Bill Rose is no stranger to travel. Having completed three seasons on the World of Outlaws tour, the 35-year racing veteran has logged many miles to experience the thrill of competing in winged and non-winged sprint cars throughout the U.S.
The typical World of Outlaws tour consists of over 80 events each season, stretching from coast to coast. For three years, Rose had finished in the top 15 in series points. This season he’s opting for something a bit closer to home, the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint tour.
Rose noted the expense of travel as one of the reasons for opting to run a bit closer to home this season.
“To run with the World of Outlaws for a season you will spend close to $200,000 if you do it on a budget and I nickeled and dimed everything,” he said.
While the cost of travel has made Rose race a bit closer to home, he still enjoys hitting the road to get to a racetrack.
“I really enjoy the traveling part of it, and now I have friends all over the country. You learn a lot by traveling and racing with different guys, too,” he said.
Rose has had opportunity to compete in a variety of different classes while staying on dirt tracks.
“I actually built my first race car when I was 15 and I’ll be 50 this year,” Rose said. “I started racing stock cars and later late models, finally ending up in non-winged sprint cars. I did that for years running USAC and things like that and I got an opportunity to run a winged car on night.”
The appeal of running a winged 410 sprint isn’t lost on Rose.
He looks at a potential IRA title chase as a goal for the 2014 season.
“If I could do it, I’d like to run for points with the IRA,” he said.
“I had a great time, and it’s a good series. It actually works out scheduling-wise (because) I build houses during the week and I have my business up and running again. The scheduling works out really nice, since they don’t run a ton of races but still have enough for a nice schedule.”
While Rose looks forward to the challenge the IRA series presents the biggest hurdle may still be money.
“It took $500 in fuel to go back and forth (to the first IRA event) and that’s the hard part for someone who doesn’t have any sponsors,” he said.
Finding funding will determine if Rose is able to complete the entire IRA schedule, but his plans are to continue as long as it’s economically feasible.
Rose now heads to the second race on the IRA schedule with the point lead and some confidence from opening night.
“It definitely helped out confidence-wise,” Rose said. “I know it will be a challenge.”