Race of Champions to Make its Erie Region Debut in September
20 Feb, 2017
Asphalt Modified Series to Conclude Season with Championship Event at Lake Erie Speedway
The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce that the 67th Annual Race of Champions will debut at Lake Erie Speedway September 28 through September 30. The three-day event is the final event of the Race of Champions’ 2017 asphalt racing calendar. The event is the second-longest consecutive-running auto racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.
This marks the return of the event to Pennsylvania after a 25-year absence in the Keystone State. That 1991 event was held on the ¾-mile Pocono Raceway, and it had previously been run at the legendary Langhorne Speedway, where the very first Race of Champions event was held in 1951. Since then, the race has been hosted 35 times in Pennsylvania between Langhorne and Pocono.
Event festivities will get underway on Thursday, September 28 with practice beginning for approximately 100 top racing teams from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Events continue Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30 with the Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, Late Models and the finale, the 67th Annual Race of Champions 250.
Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting modified and stock car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
Ticket packages and information will be made available March 1.
“The Race of Champions is a tremendous fit for Lake Erie Speedway and the Erie region, and we are thrilled that this longstanding event has chosen to make Erie its home,” said Ron Sertz, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission. “This will be an exciting new event for Erie’s racing fans, and we are thrilled to welcome racers and fans alike during this weekend-long event.”
“Hosting this event in the Erie region is a very positive move for the event and short-track racing in general,” said Joe Skotnicki, Race of Champions Steward. “Having incredible involvement from Lake Erie Speedway, the Erie Sports Commission, and the surrounding community is a great way to enhance and carry on the great tradition that is Race of Champions.”
For more information, visit http://www.rocmodifiedseries.com.