Friday, 17 November 2017

LEGEND CARS

Later this month, three Aussie drivers in Glen Arnold, Glenn Mitchell and Scott Keane will make their way to America, where they will represent Legend Cars Australia by contesting the 2017 INEX Legend Car Nationals at Red River Valley Speedway in North Dakota.

In what is certainly a first in speedway classes throughout the country, Legend Cars Australia provides a unique opportunity to their drivers each season to represent their country at the prestigious event in America’s mid-west, by means of a qualification process, which includes winning the Australian Title, or collecting multiple state titles in a single season.

Commencing the initiative four seasons ago, Legend Cars Australia wanted to give drivers an added incentive to continue racing and attempting to be competitive throughout Australia, while then being able to improve as a competitor by facing a different style of competition in what is considered the hotbed for Legend Cars, which is a huge testament to growth and development of the class that is privately owned by John Dennehy.

Joining the likes of Hayden Pascoe, Dan Morris and Liam Heaton, who have flown the flag for Australia over the past six months, the drivers couldn’t be happier to be receiving the chance to race internationally.

With youngster Arnold having clinched an impressive victory in the Australian Title at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway in May, and Mitchell having taken out both the ACT and Victorian Titles, both drivers automatically qualified to participate in the INEX Legend Car Nationals and will therefore be supplied with cars on behalf of Legend Cars Australia, while Keane has leased a car from American car owner Tim Brockhouse in order to compete.

Glen Arnold
With his only racing experience prior to Legend Cars being go karting on the tar circuits, the determined 21-year-old driver has certainly made a name for himself since stepping into the class, claiming the Australian Title crown in just his third full season, despite contesting limited shows.

Competing in the Pro class in the upcoming INEX Legend Car Nationals, Arnold will definitely not just be making up the numbers.

“I’m extremely excited to have received the opportunity to race in America and represent my country,” enthused Arnold, who also placed third in last season’s NSW Title.

“I’ve got a bit of added confidence off the back of winning the Australia Title, but I know it won’t be easy. I’m going to fly the Aussie flag high and do the best that I can.

“I also have to say a big thanks to Tim Brockhouse from North Dakota, who will be travelling 26 hours to North Carolina to pick up our cars and bring them to Red River Valley Speedway. We’re extremely grateful!”

Arnold would like to thank the following sponsors for their support: Daniel Corr Building Services, South Central Plumbing, JRO Services, Bomaderry Printing, Slater & Sons Concreting, Diamond Designs, Shoalhaven Heads Bowling & Recreation Club, Nan and Pop Wilson, and Legend Cars Australia.

Glen Arnold Crashys Photos

Photo: Crashy's Photos

Glenn Mitchell
Experiencing a banner season in 2016-17, Mitchell earned his qualification to race in America, having reclaimed the ACT Title, before later backing up his winning form by scoring a dominant win in the Victorian Title at Wahgunyah Speedway.

Having also placed fourth in the Australian Title, Mitchell is hoping to carry his season form with him into his American racing debut, as he prepares to compete in the Master class.

“Never in my wildest dreams when I started racing speedway 20 years ago did I ever think I’d race internationally – back then, my goal was just to compete at Valvoline Raceway,” admitted Mitchell.

“This opportunity that Legend Cars Australia has given us to race internationally is fantastic and I can’t thank John Dennehy, Sam Bouker and of course our championship sponsor here in Australia C1 Speed enough. It really is a dream come true, so I’m looking forward to making the most of it and hopefully being competitive.

Mitchell would like to thank the following sponsors for their support: Picton Hire and Legend Cars Australia.

Glenn Mitchell Crashys Photos

Photo: Crashy's Photos

Scott Keane
Looking forward to competing in the Semi-Pro class during the INEX Legend Car Nationals, the 36-year-old is heading into the event eager to represent his country.

Campaigning the Tim Brockhouse-owned car for the event, Keane will be grabbing the opportunity with both hands when he takes to the Red River Valley Speedway track later this month.

“I have to say a huge thanks to Tim for providing me with the chance to run his car, it’s honestly an opportunity that is too good to pass up,” said the Dirty Rooster Racing team driver, who is also a teammate of Arnold.

“Racing in America, where Legend Cars are very popular, is an experience of a lifetime and to be able to do it with two fellow Australian drivers makes it even more special.

“I’ll be focusing on my consistency throughout the event, so hopefully I can be competitive and come away with some pleasing results.”

Keane would like to thank the following sponsors for their support: JRO Services, Daniel Corr Building Services, South Central Plumbing, Slater & Sons Concreting, Shoalhaven Heads Bowling & Recreation Club, Jobson Motorsport, Nan and Pop Wilson, Keane Air Conditioning, and Bomaderry Printing.

Scott Keane

More Information
The 2017 INEX Legend Car Nationals will commence on Thursday, September 28 with a scheduled test day, followed by qualifying and heat races on Friday night. Saturday night will see drivers from each class contest their B mains, followed by their 30-lap A mains.

To find out more about the 2017 INEX Legend Car Nationals, visit www.uslegendcars.com/inex/news/upcoming-uslci-events and to follow the progress of our Australian drivers throughout the events, head to the U.S. Legend Cars International and INEX Facebook page.

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