WHAT IS THE SlotCARTSERIES?
A FAST, FUN, FANTASY VERSION OF CART IN l/64th SCALE
SlotCART is an H.O. scale slot car racing series based on the actual CART series of racing. This small scale version of racing excitement was formed in 1993 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when a single race was held at a single track built by Milwaukee radio personality Phil Cianciola. With a common bond of both a love of racing and the CART series, Phil and friends had such a good time at the race that they formed a series, which has now grown into one of the premier open-wheel slot car organizations in the country.
The 1998-1999 campaign marks the sixth season of racing in the SlotCART series. Each season opens on the first Thursday night after Labor Day and runs through April, with races held twice a month at various tracks on the circuit, which are all located at the homes of the various drivers. These tracks include road courses, a short oval, a super speedway and street courses, which are all fully landscaped not unlike what model railroaders do.
Most races have national or local sponsors who donate prizes for the top finishers in the event. And each race is covered by a camcorder crew making a video tape complete with driver interviews, features and full sound effect racing action.
Each member or driver in the series selects a racing team and plays the role of an actual Champ Car driver in CART, including their sponsor's logos on their cars, haulers, pit areas, hospitality areas, etc. Drivers are awarded points based on the actual CART series as they compete for the PPPG Cup. (The extra "P" standing for series founder Phil) At the end of the season a champion is crowned at the annual awards banquet.
Thursday nights are usually race nights twice a month during the season, when drivers travel to a track for a night of food, fun and competition. Races are held in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, New Berlin, Franklin, West Allis, and there's even a road trip to race in Indianapolis each autumn at the home of one of the drivers who lives there and works as a television reporter in Indy.
A typical race night will include a complete tech segment to check all the H.O. scale Champ Cars to make sure they fall within the technical rules of the series, a driver'S meeting, a qualifying session, heat races and then the actual final race of the night.
Each Monday morning, members receive a FAX that covers the latest race results, points standings and statistics from the series. Some of that information is also available at the SlotCART Web site listed below.
Most of the teams involved in the series also send out their share of news releases about their season.
Heck, it's so realistic there's even a "silly season" in the SlotCART series just like in CART.
From time to time celebrities from the racing community attend our events. Last season, legendary Indy 500 starter Duane Sweeney even flagged one of our races. AI Unser Jr. and wife Shelly get the update on the series each year when they travel to Milwaukee for the Miller 200 at the Milwaukee Mile.
Over the past five years much has changed as this series has developed, including the computerized fiber-optic scoring technology now utilized at all the races. But one thing hasn't changed a bit since back in 1993 when it all started with a fun race. The series is based on fun, fast, fantasy and we're all very proud to be a part of it.
SlotCART Racing Series