SPEED SPORT World Challenge Qualifiers Set
KNOXVILLE, Iowa – Western Springs Speedway in Auckland, New Zealand, Robertson Holden Int’l Speedway in Palmerston North, New Zealand, and Premier Speedway in Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia, have all set the dates of their international qualifiers for the 2013 SPEED SPORT Knoxville World Challenge, to be held Aug. 9 at Knoxville Raceway.
The first international qualifier will be held on Nov. 24 at Western Springs Speedway in suburban Auckland, New Zealand. Several Americans are expected to be in the field for the World Sprintcar Classic at Western Springs, including three-time and defending SPEED SPORT World Challenge winner and six-time and defending Knoxville Nationals champion Donny Schatz.
Robertson Holden Int’l Speedway in Palmerston North, New Zealand, will host the second qualifier on Dec. 8. It is expected that several Americans will be competing in the International Sprintcars event.
The final international qualifier will take place on Jan. 26-27, 2013, as Premier Speedway in Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia, hosts the 41st annual Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic (GASC), which will pay $30,000 to the winner.
Combined with the $6,000-to-win preliminary night Australia/America Challenge Cup, presented by Oval Express, a large contingent of Americans are expected to converge on this popular seaside city for Australia’s version of the Knoxville Nationals. In fact, World of Outlaws (WoO) veteran Joey Saldana has already indicated his intentions to compete in the GASC.
“This is the earliest that we’ve ever been able to announce the dates of our international qualifying events, so we really appreciate the efforts of Lewis Dawson at Western Springs, Bruce Robertson at Palmerston North, and David Mills at Warrnambool,” said Knoxville Raceway Director of Marketing Brian Stickel. “Obviously the earlier that we can let American drivers know the dates and venues for our ‘Down Under’ qualifiers, the greater the chances are of them finding rides and qualifying for our SPEED SPORT Knoxville World Challenge race next August. This year we set a record with 23 drivers competing in our World Challenge race and we hope to even better than number for our 20th annual edition in 2013.”