American champion to line up in Lismore event
TWO-time American Sprintcar champion Jason Meyers will race at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway on Saturday night when he lines up in round eight of the ENZED World Series Sprintcars Championship.
The California-based Meyers arrived in Sydney yesterday to prepare for his Northern Rivers commitment.
Meyers, who has been a regular visitor to Australia during the past 10 years, has won 57 main events on the professional US Sprintcar Championship circuit (World of Outlaws).
The 34-year-old will get his first look at the Lismore Showground track late tomorrow before strapping into the cockpit of a new KPC chassis Sprintcar prepared by NSW driver Steve Caunt.
Caunt and Meyers have formed a solid partnership in recent years and have enjoyed considerable success in Australia.
Caunt has visited America a number of times and has worked as part of Meyers' pit crew during the US championship campaign.
It was during one of these stints that Caunt purchased two cars out of Meyer's race shop.
Caunt and Meyers overlooked a couple of other prominent Sprintcar events being staged at other Australian venues this weekend preferring instead to race at Lismore.
Meyers will face some tough opposition with fellow American Shane Stewart part of a strong line-up of drivers that includes some of Australia's best.
Eight-time WSS champion Brooke Tatnell, six-time national champion Garry Brazier and Australian titleholder James McFadden head the list of Australian drivers contracted for the series.
McFadden currently leads the tournament by 100 points over South Australian Steve Lines, while another South Aussie, Luke Dillon is placed third in the standings 158 points behind McFadden.
Race day kicks off early Saturday with a racecar display and BBQ at the Lismore Nissan & Kia dealership. Some of the drivers competing in the WSS championship round that night will attend.