Phelps compares Lismore track to New York
AMERICAN V8 Dirt Modified ace Jimmy Phelps, who will make his debut at Lismore Speedway this weekend, says the local venue is not unlike some of the tracks he runs in his home New York State.
Phelps races on a variety of circuits throughout the United States and is highly experienced when it comes to adapting to a new or different venue.
“Being in central New York we are pretty fortunate, we have a real big variety of race tracks,” Phelps said yesterday.
“We have everything from a quarter mile to the Syracuse Mile all within a couple of hours' drive so we race on just about everything during the year.
“But one of my favourite tracks in New York State is Brewerton Speedway, which is probably a little bigger than a quarter mile but it's tight and it's narrow.
“It's probably one of the favourite tracks we go to, so I am hoping there will be some similar characteristics in Lismore.”
Phelps will drive an American factory built Troyer V8 Dirt Modified for Australian Troyer agent and driver Simon Jupe.
“Simon's clued me up a little bit on the racing, how the track surfaces are, the shapes of the tracks and things like that, so I'm just really looking forward to getting out there and racing,” he said.
Phelps comes to Lismore with a wealth of experience as a seasoned professional.
Speedway racing occupies most of his time between February and October each year, campaigning his family-owned Andy Phelps Motorsport entry up to three nights a week in addition to running the Troyer 'house car' for the H and H Motorsport outfit on the gruelling 26-round US National Super DIRTcar Series.
V8 Dirt Modifed racing in the United States is serious business, and H and H Motorsport has a variety of cars at its disposal, each suited to a different size racetrack.
“They have a big block and a small block 'Syracuse' (one mile) car which we have had for the past few years and we just freshen up each year for Super Dirt Week,” Phelps said.
The Trans-Tasman Compact Speedcar Challenge also will be contested during the two-night Australia Day long weekend spectacular on Saturday and Sunday.
New Zealand drivers Lawrence Baker and Paul Le Cren are among the 35 entries. The Australian line-up is headed by national champion Danny Stainer from Victoria.
Stainer is one of four Victorian drivers who will travel to Lismore for the event.
As part of the Trans-Tasman Challenge, activities a boys and a girls BMX bike will be given away during the fixture.
The support race car categories on Saturday night are street stocks, four-cylinder sedans and junior sedans, then on Sunday night there are dwarf cars, AMCA Nationals and street stocks on the card.
As part of promoter David Lander's family entertainment policy, all children aged under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.