PAUCH AND STEFANIK FILE EARLY ENTRIES
FOR PROVIDENCE “COFFEE CUP” INDOOR RACES
Two auto racing legends will compete when the high-powered,
three-quarter-size Midget Cars return to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in
Providence, R.I., on December 4 and 5 in search of success at the "Coffee
The race is returning to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center based on the
success from the inaugural event held in March. The action takes place on a
concrete oval on the arena floor, with the cars reaching speeds of close to
70 mph. The spectators have breathtaking views of the racing, from seats
overlooking the track.
Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, N.J., and Mike Stefanik of Coventry,
R.I. are two of the initial drivers to file entries.
Pauch has never driven competitively in Rhode Island. A schedule
conflict kept the winner of over 650 career features from competing in the
Pauch, 52, will drive the Bryant Ingalls-owned No. 8, which he
drove to victory lane indoors in January at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City,
While Pauch is considered one of the greatest dirt Modified drivers
of all time, Rhode Island is the home of one of the greatest asphalt
drivers, nine times NASCAR champion Mike Stefanik.
Stefanik, 51, made his indoor TQ-Midget debut in front of his home
state fans last March.
While running with the lead pack, Stefanik, who is returning to drive for
Spitfire Chassis designer Colin Martin, had mechanical problems and had to
pull into the pit area. Stefanik was involved in a hard crash in the Friday
night headline event.
The format will be similar to the one used in March. The
Three-Quarter Midgets and Senior Champ Karts will headline the two-day
program. Feature events for both classes are scheduled each night.
Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations and the
Dunkin’ Donut Center box office.
Ticketmaster can be reached online at
or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Information on the event will be available at
aarn.com or by
A special hotel rate of $79 per night is available at the Hilton,
which is located within walking distance from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Racers and fans can find more information on a link at
www.aarn.com or by
calling 1-800-445-8667. In order to get the special rate, you must ask for
the “Indoor Auto Race” rate.
The room rate block is available until it’s sold-out with a
November 17 deadline.
Source: Jerry Reigle /
Coffee Cup 2009