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Topic: Sunoco returns as title sponsor for three I.M.C.A.
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posted January 23, 2003 07:14 PM
Sunoco returns as title sponsor for three I.M.C.A.
divisions; spec gas option for tracks announced
VINTON, Iowa (Jan. 23) - Sunoco Race Fuels will return as title sponsor of I.M.C.A.'s Modified, Late Model and Stock Car divisions this season, continuing the popular contingency program introduced three years ago.
I.M.C.A. drivers competing in the three classes at Sunoco-exclusive race tracks are eligible for product or fuel certifi-cates in the event of an engine claim or for winning a feature race.
Modified drivers accepting engine claims at those facilities will receive $100 product certificates from Sunoco and from Speedway Motors, good toward purchases made from Speedway Motors.
Vouchers good for 15 gallons of race fuel will be issued to Stock Car drivers accepting engine claims, and to Late Model drivers for each feature victory during the regular weekly point season.
Drivers must also display two Sunoco decals on their race car.
What's new for this season is the option for sanctioned tracks to spec racing gasoline, an issue that will have the most effect for the Stocks and Late Models because they are required to run gas only.
"We want to keep the use of fuel additives to an absolute minimum. There are a number of safety and performance issues involved with oxygen-bearing fuel additives, as well as restrictions by the Environmental Protection Agency," explained I.M.C.A. Vice President of Operations Brett Root. "Sunoco has developed a system placing infrared and molecular mark-ers in their different brands of fuel. Isotag inspection equipment used during tech measures those markers and can deter-mine if the infrared marker has been diluted by any kind of additive."
The spec fuel option will be similar to options tracks already have for minimum weight requirements for Modifieds and Stock Cars, and for the use of mufflers.
"It will not be mandatory for tracks to spec a race gasoline. It is simply an option for them to do so. This program does not include methanol in the Modified division, though it is likely I.M.C.A. will move forward on a track option to spec methanol as well, " Root said. "That's an entirely different situation and presents more issues than a racing gasoline-only spec rule."
Creating and maintaining consistency between tracks figures in the new spec gasoline option.
"Fuel is the most consumable product for race cars and we're concerned with consistency issues from track to track. We are in the process of structuring this to make it fair to member drivers and maintain consistency from track to track," said Root. "I anticipate that race tracks and drivers will take a hard look at this system, how it's structured and the benefits it provides to them. It will be a work in progress to address the concerns of tracks and members. Obviously, we wouldn't be doing this if it wasn't for everyone's benefit."