The 42-year-old American Speed Association sanctioning body, with President Dennis Huth, has joined forces with Ross Productions Ltd. and long time Late Model Racer and championship crew chief Rob Angus to sanction the ASA British Columbia Late Model Tour presented by Advance Testing.ca
The formerly known as and recently acquired Katana Boat Sportsman Tour has a 10-year history as a Late Model Sportsman Tour in BC, and was originally founded by John Aantjes of High Risk Entertainment Ltd. Even before acquiring the tour rights, Ross Productions Ltd. realized that the strength of this tour has always been the core group of racers that have committed to it from the inception. Ross Productions Ltd. looks forward to the opportunity to help the racers build their series and hopes to take it to a new level that will produce some great racing for the fans, racers and sponsors in British Columbia.
John Ross is the owner of Advance Testing Ltd. and has assumed a partial title sponsorship role for the newly titled ASA British Columbia Late Model Tour presented by Advance Testing.ca. Advance Testing is a BC based soil, asphalt and concrete testing company serving the construction industry since 1997 (see www.advancetesting.ca). Rob Angus will assume responsibilities as Director of Operations and help to build and promote late model racing in British Columbia. Without the support of John Ross' self built companies Ross Racing Inc. and Advance Testing Ltd., this newly acquired and exciting tour would not be possible.
The tour has an excellent foundation of quality late model racers and former champions that include Tom Berrow, Ken Jorgensen, Jason Beaulieu, Korbin Thomas and a number of new and old competitors like Brent Morris, Geoff Morris, Dave Key, Brandon Carlson, Bob Kuhn, Harvey Hoogenboom, Michael Haslam, Darrell Midgley, Wade Bland, Francis Payette, Jason Tarasenko, Dave Hemrich, Kalvin Louden and Matt Stephenson to name a few. Who will compete for the first ASA BC Late Model Tour Championship?
The series has seen some of the largest car counts in the Northwest, the highest being 34 cars for the 2010 Canada 200 in Victoria. The ASA BC Late Model Tour presented by Advance Testing.ca will pride itself on keeping the cost down for the racers to compete at a high level, and intends to keep all of the basic rules with only minor clarifications for the next 3 years to help keep exotic parts out. The tour will continue to field fabricated stock clip type late model chassis' with ABC type bodies, limited two barrel and crate motor options from Chevy, Dodge and Ford. The race tracks that the new BCLMT will tentatively compete at in 2011 will be in the towns of Vernon, Campbell River, Penticton, Agassiz, Williams Lake and Victoria.
With the help of the ASA brand, Ross Productions Ltd. is looking forward to stepping up the professionalism, advertising, race day structure and tech crew to make the BC Late Model Tour one of the premier pavement oval track late model series in the Northwest. The new tour would like to thank the past sponsors for their commitments to the former Katana Boat Series and are looking forward to them continuing on in 2011 to promote their business' throughout BC.
"We are looking forward to working with all the tracks to host bigger and better events for the fans and the sponsors," John Ross said. "We would also like to thank the fans, past racers and the past crew that ran the day-to-day operations of the former tour."
Ross also said that it was important for ASA to be on board, "In fact, I would not have undertaken this project and sponsorship without the ASA name attached. Their national exposure will help our series and competitors get more exposure."
"We are very excited to welcome the ASA British Columbia Late Model Tour presented by Advance Testing.ca into the ASA family," Dennis Huth, ASA President said. "This is our first series in Canada and we are looking forward to working with John Ross, Rob Angus, the competitors and officials within this great series. ASA is proud to build champions not only in the United States but now to our new friends in British Columbia, Canada."
For more information and sponsorship opportunities contact the Director of Operations, Rob Angus at 604-996-3021 or email@example.com. New website and e-mail contact to follow.
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