The careers of Scott and Chris Wimmer have taken some similar paths. Both started out by racing the short tracks in Wisconsin and competed in the well-known ASA National Tour. Scott went on to some success in the higher level of racing including a third place finish in the 2004 Daytona 500. Chris is seeing that success now as he finished second in points this past season in the ASA Midwest Tour.
The success that the two brothers found behind the wheel would follow them in their other business ventures in auto racing. A lot of that success comes from their family's involvement in the sport. This past year, the Wimmer family took on a new challenge with the support of the American Speed Association.
Scott along with his father Ron, took on a new challenge as they bought State Park Speedway in Wausau, WI. Without hesitation, they joined the ASA Member Track program.
"We have raced in ASA for many years. Scott raced it and then Chris. Now Chris is racing in the ASA Midwest Tour and it is a premiere series," Ron Wimmer, the family patriarch said. "ASA is just a number one organization. Dennis Huth and his group are great people to work with. They have national notoriety. They provided us with officials shirts and such to show that we are part of a professional organization. When you talk about ASA in racing, everybody knows it. Everyone from the top level of racing down to the short tracks are familiar with their history and what they are doing for the future of short track racing."
The 2010 season at State Park Speedway simply exceeded Wimmer's expectations. "It definitely went 100% better than I thought for our opening season," Wimmer said. "Our crowds continuously increased."
Part of that reason for the increase may contribute to the entertainment value they brought in to make each night unique. "We always tried to bring in something special every week so that the people could always see something different," Wimmer explained. "We had Elvis, a motorcycle thrill show, the Green Mamba jet car, a special choir that sang as they were raising money to perform at the Pearl Harbor 70th Anniversary later this year, and different people singing the national anthem. It was just having different groups there all the time so it was always exciting every week."
This success presented unique problems that they were able to overcome, "We were struggling always trying to keep ahead on the food so we built additional areas to serve the food and we still had lines," Wimmer said. "We ran out of parking so we did remote parking. All of the problems we had were good problems."
Buying State Park Speedway was an idea in the works for the last two years. Ron admitted they were a little hesitant to buy the track with the economy during that time. But they decided to take on the challenge. "It just worked. I guess the people in the Wausau area was hungry for racing and we saw that by how they showed up at each event," Wimmer recalled.
Wimmer is already looking forward to 2011 and bringing the popular ASA Midwest Tour to State Park Speedway. The professionalism that he is seeing from ASA overall is also being shown within their sanctioned seres as well. "The same can be said with Tim Olson and Steve Einhaus in the ASA Midwest Tour as they have a great series with very good car counts," Wimmer exclaimed. "In fact, we are going to have an ASA Midwest Tour race in 2011, and I don't think there ever has been an ASA Series race in Wausau. We are looking forward to having one there. And we are going to continue on with ASA without a doubt."
"My son Patrick and I had the opportunity to visit State Park Speedway this past summer and we were very impressed with what the Wimmers did there," Dennis Huth, ASA President said. "With Rib Mountain as its backdrop to the improvements they have made to make their track a fan friendly facility, they easily gave fans a reason to come back for each of their events. They entertained the fans and got rewarded for it. We are very proud to have the Wimmer Family and State Park Speedway part of our ASA family."
The American Speed Association started as a single racing series in 1968 and is a fast growing racing sanctioning body today. The ASA Member Track program is comprised of dirt and asphalt short tracks along with road courses around the United States, as well as a variety of regional and national touring series. To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based American Speed Association call (386) 258-2221 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For news and information from all the racetracks and regional tours involved in the ASA, visit www.ASA-Racing.com.