MOTORSPORTS UNIVERSITY IN
AT MOTOSPORTS 2008 SHOW IN A.C.
The Motorsports University will be in session January 18th
thru 20th as part of the Motorsports
2008 Race Car Show presented by VP Racing Fuels. A ticket to the show
offers some wonderful rewards and educational opportunities that could
cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. A full list of FREE seminars
covering a wide range of subjects have been scheduled during the three
day show that offers just about everything imaginable in motorsports
including free autograph opportunities with some of the major names in
the sport. The show, filling close to 300,000 square feet of the plus
Atlantic City, NJ Convention Center, is set to open at 12 noon on
January 18th and closes at 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 20th.
Ever wonder what Billy Colton, Jim Bernheisel or Scott
Jeffery are thinking at race time? Find out by attending Colton’s “Dirt
Modified Chassis Set-Up” seminar, Bernheisel’s “Dirt Late Model Set-Ups
and Chassis Tuning” or Jeffery’s “Reading A Dirt Track/Communicating
With Your Driver.” For the entry-level set, there is Sleepy Gomez’s
“Engine and Chassis Tips For Low-Buck Dirt Racers.” NASCAR racer Randy
LaJoie will present the “Safer Racer Tour,” covering racing safety in
Looking to start out in racing or climb up the ladder? Try
“How To Get Your Child Started In Racing,” “A Young Driver’s Next Step
Up,” or “What You Need To Know To Move Up To An Open Wheel Modified
Division” presented by Matt and Tony Hirschman.
Looking to increase exposure for your team or land a major
sponsor? Try “How Do You Get Good Media Exposure?” or Ernie Saxton’s
“The Basics of Race Team Sponsorship.”
Have a passion for Vintage Car racing but don’t know where to
start? Try “Race Car Restoration” hosted by Ray Shea of the Garden State
Vintage Car Club.
Small-car enthusiasts can participate in the “600
Micro-Sprint Roundtable Discussion” or the “Quarter Midgets of America
Region Two Meeting.”
Work at a speedway? There will be plenty of information at
Motorsports 2008 including “Race Car Handicapping,” hosted by Lincoln
(PA) and Williams Grove (PA) handicapper Bryan Householder, a “Race
Announcer Forum” led by Shane Andrews, a “A Race Track Public
Relations/Media Workshop” hosted by Lincoln Speedway’s Wayne Harper, and
“Proper Extrication of an Injured Driver,” led by George McElvey and
Rick Toretala, two noted track safety specialists.
Aspiring photographers can get an in-depth lesson from
award-winning photographer Bob Yurko in an “Amateur Auto Racing
Photography Workshop,” while those established in the trade can
participate in a “Professional Auto Racing Photographer Workshop.”
A full seminar schedule with times and locations is listed
Though there is no diploma offer, participation in the
Motorsports University will certainly go a long way toward making
attendees better at what they do in the sport.
For complete information on Motorsports 2008, the SoBe Water
“Gambler’s Classic” Indoor Races and the “Promoter’s Summit” check in at
http://www.aarn.com or telephone
TENTATIVE SEMINAR ROOM SCHEDULE -- 2008
Friday, January 18: (Show Hours 12 noon to 8 p.m.)
3:15-4:15 p.m.: (Room 201) Professional Auto Racing Photographer
Workshop - Open discussion and a sharing of knowledge between racing
photographers. Topics include the latest in equipment, digital
photography, changes in the sport, the internet, etc. All photographers
covering the Indoor Racing at Boardwalk Hall are urged to attend to
discuss shooting locations. Tips will be given to help everyone get
better photos inside the building. Hosted by photographers Bob Yurko and
3:30-4:30 p.m.: (Room 202) “Reading A Dirt Track/Communicating
With Your Driver” - Presented by Scott Jeffrey (Chief Mechanic of
Gypsum Express Racing driven by Billy Decker)
4:30-5:30 p.m.: (Room 201) “Race Car Restoration: How Do I Get
Started?” – The do’s and the don’ts. Racing or just show? Where to
find hard parts? Preserving the car’s history. Hosted by Ray Shea of The
Garden State Vintage Car Club.
4:45-5:45 p.m.: (Room 202) Sleepy Gomez’s “Engine and Chassis
Tips for Low-Buck Dirt Racers.”
Saturday, January 19: (Show Hours 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
9:15-10:15 a.m.: (Room 305) “Race Car Handicapping” - Point
handicapping, blind draws, time trials, group time trials, passing
points . . . What’s best for the racers? What’s best for the fans? Got a
better idea, bring it and let’s discuss it. Hosted by Bryan Householder,
the Williams Grove and Lincoln Speedway handicapper.
10:30-11:30 a.m.: (Room 201) Sleepy Gomez’s “Engine and Set-Up
Tips for Low-Buck Asphalt Racers.”
10:30-11:30 a.m.: (Room 305) “Proper Extrication of an Injured
Driver From a Crashed Race Car” - presented by George McKelvey and
Rick Toratela, two noted race track safety specialists. This seminar is
a must for all track crew members, flagmen, officials and promoters.
Racers and crew members could also benefit from this presentation.
10:45-11:45 a.m.: (Room 202) “Tuning Your Car With Shocks”
– Bob DeBois of Shadow Race Products.
12:00-1:00 p. m.: (Room 201) “Safer Racer Tour” -
presented by Randy LaJoie of LaJoie Seating. He will cover racing safety
in all divisions.
12:00-1:00 p.m.: (Room 305) “Race Announcer Forum” - A
must for all track and organization announcers and racing radio show
hosts. Shane Andrews will moderate this open forum. Topics include:
General information to fans explaining facility, events and cars; making
heroes and villains; nicknames, fun and games; when silence is golden;
handling a bad situation; the use of music or theme songs; proper use of
race and car sponsors and much more.
12:15-1:00 p.m.: (Room 202) “Amateur Auto Racing Photographer
Seminar” – Get tips on getting better race track photographs. One
lucky attendee will get a chance to take photos at the Ms. Motorsports
competition at 4 PM up front with the professionals. Hosted by award
winning photographer Bob Yurko.
1:15-2:15 p.m.: (Room 201) “Dirt Modified Chassis Set-Up” -
Billy Colton of Troyer Engineering.
1:30-3:00 p.m.: (Room 305) 600cc Micro Sprint roundtable
discussion, presented by 600scene.com, on the current state of this
class and an outline of the new proposed rules.
1:15-2:15 p.m.: (Room 202) “What You Need to Know to Move Up to
an Open Wheel Modified Division” - Presented by winning Asphalt
Modified Drivers Tony and Matt Hirschman of Hirschman’s Speed Shop. What
you need to know to move up to a full blown or limited open wheel
modified division. From a NASCAR type modified to an IMCA/UMP Modified
and everything in between.
2:00-4:00 p.m.: (Room 312) Quarter Midgets of America Region Two
2:30-3:30 p.m.: (Room 201) “Dirt Late Model Set-Ups and Chassis
Tuning” -- presented by Jim Bernheisel of Bernheisel Race
2:30-3:30 p.m.: (Room 202) “How Do You Get Good Media
Exposure?” - Our experienced panel can give you the inside
information regarding talking with the press and getting them good
materials, the use of emails and thank you notes, when ³no comment”
isn’t a bad idea, proper handling of a bad situation. If you’re looking
to get your driver, race team, sponsors, race track or sanctioning body
some publicity, this is a must event!
3:45-4:45 p.m.: (Room 202) “Race Track Public Relations/Media
Workshop” -- Open discussion between racing writers and track/series
Press Directors as to professionalism, credential usage, event coverage.
Hosted by Lincoln Speedway press director Wayne Harper.
3:45-4:45 p.m.: (Room 201) “Street Stock/4-cyl. Stock Car
Chassis Set-Up & Tires” - Presented by Roy Anderson of Anderson Race
Sunday, January 20: (Show Hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
10:00 a.m.: (Room 201) Chapel Service - Rev. Dan Petfield
& Rev. Don Rivers of Racing with Jesus Ministries.
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: (Room 202) Sleepy Gomez’s “All About
Low-Buck Racing” - Street, Hobby, Pure and Factory Stocks.
12:15-1:15 p.m.: (Room 201) “How to Get Your Child Started in
Racing” - From a test drive, to novice school to purchasing a race
car. Jill Forrester, multi-term president of Garden State (Wall, N.J.)
12:30-1:30 pm.: (Room 202) “The Basics of Race Team
Sponsorship” - presented by Ernie Saxton.
1:30-2:30 p.m.: (Room 201) “A Young Driver’s Next Step Up:
Making the Transition from Quarter Midgets and Go-Karts into Larger Race
Cars” – Jill Forrester, Director of Wall Township Speedway’s
Teenager Racing Series.
1:45-2:45 p.m.: (Room 202) “Legal Issues in Racing, and with
the Racing Business” - Chaired by Meri Van Blarcom-Gupko and Eugene
Huang of Wiley, Malehorn and Sirota Attorneys; and “Tax Advice for
Racers” -- Chaired by George Grasic and Ann Donley, CPA. Those speakers
will answer your questions relating to racing, as well as legal and tax
situations your team, racing-related business or track may encounter.
Source: Ernie Saxton/Ernie Saxton Communications PR
December 30, 2007