Lack Shines At Shrine

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(Wauwatosa, WI) -- Mike Lack brought the Shrine Cup to the Shrine Desert Road Course as the defending race winner and he left with said cup after dominating the reborn road course Thursday night. The defending and soon to be five-time Husarsbilt Cup champion never had a serious challenger as the original track of the IndySlotCar Series returned to the schedule after a one year layoff for a complete rebuild. 

The track was completely transformed from a right hand turn dominate course to a left hand turn track with all the popular features of the 10-turn desert course still there, including the elevation changes, the carousel and "Hugh Downs". But even with the change in the track, Mike Lack went right to the sharp end of the grid grabbing the Chick-fil-A P1 Award as well as cruising to a heat win on his way to the 20-minute final where he was never challenged.

The night began with star power on display as Today's TMJ Four Sports reporter Lance Allan was on hand to cover the series during it's 25th season, and major sponsor Chick-fil-A, 124th & Capitol's Jon Kurazawa along with the Chick-fil-A cow were also there for the festivities, including a celebrity race between Allan and Kurazawa, it appeared the reporter got the better of the two, but it was closer racing than would be seen during the feature event.

Dean Strom would return to the circuit after missing several races while traveling the country to cover major motorsports action elsewhere, it was a triumphant return as he easily won the opening heat race and ran a stout second place on the night to Lack's dominance. A resurgent Ev Kamikawa shot to the lead of the second heat race and never looked back, eventually holding on to the third step of the podium for the Ferrari team. John Wiedemann challenged Strom early in the first heat race but eventually had to sit and watch the next two heats to see if anyone could top his "transfer spot" lap total, no one did and he would avoid his seventh, 5th place finish, moving up one spot to fourth.

Bill Black had a solid run to fifth place ahead of Tom Spehert, who, just edged Pete Dorn, missing his first final after a two race run in the feature. Wellbox driver Mike Fitzlaff struggled with handling in the yellow lane and wound up eighth ahead of Dan Margetta, home town hero Mike Kristof was off pace all night and Matt Hayek had mechanical problems that sent him to the back of the field.


The Founder's Five Announced

IndySlotCar Series Founder Phil Cianciola

Wauwatosa, WI -- As IndySlotCar nears the beginning of the 25th season, it seemed only appropriate to highlight the long history of the series by naming a trophy for the man who is responsible for the whole thing even being in existence, Phil Cianciola. With the blessing of the retired five-time series champion, the Founder's Five for the Cianciola Trophy will be a championship within the championship this season based on the points collected at the oldest events on the calendar. As Cianciola himself agreed, these events present a classic mix of the fun and competition that has been the hallmark of series he founded as the PPPG HO IndyCar Series. Starting with the season opener, The Trokan Cup 500 (a trophy named for Phil's maternal grandfather, Joe Trokan) a race that has been held on the Mini Milwaukee Mile for 22 seasons, followed by the holiday races: which were the impetus for the series' original schedule 25 seasons ago, Halloween Havoc (23 previous Halloween races have been held), the Turkey Trot and the Christmas Classic (22 yuletide races run) and finally the grand-daddy of them all the HO Indy 500! Only the 500 and the Turkey Trot have survived to be run in all 25 IndySlotCar seasons. With the teams and drivers free to run any car that has entered an IndySlotCar race from the previous 24 years, it should be exciting and memorable season, starting in just 14 days!


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