JANKOWIAK/TOMMY DRUAR MEMORIAL RACE
TO BE HELD AT LANCASTER DURING RESURRECTED
U.S. OPEN WEEKEND SEPTEMBER 21. 2014
Tony Jankowiak/Tommy Druar Memorial will be held as a part of
Lancaster Speedway’s U.S. Open Weekend. It will be a one-day event,
sanctioned by the Race of Champions asphalt Modified Tour, 125-laps
on Sunday, September 21, 2014.
The event, which has been a traditional part of the Lancaster
Speedway schedule, was cancelled by the former track promoter just
one-week prior to the annual running of the event.
Andy Jankowiak and Joe Skotnicki took on the project of not only
trying to save the event, but also protect the integrity of what the
event stood for.
“Lancaster is an important race track in the history of modified
racing and the Tony/Tommy race is a traditional celebration and
memorial to honor two of the best Modified racers from the Western
New York area. When the race was originally cancelled, we felt an
obligation to it,” stated Andy Jankowiak, son of the late Tony
Jankowiak. “I contacted Joe (Skotnicki) to utilize his experience
and we went to work.”
After originally being denied an opportunity to promote the event
under the former management of Lancaster, Jankowiak and Skotnicki
examined the opportunity of moving the race, knowing the race would
return to Lancaster one-day under the right conditions. “Both Joe
and I wanted the race at Lancaster,” continued Jankowiak. “However,
terms could not be met and we moved forward. John White at Spencer
was willing to help and host the race. We cannot thank him enough
for being willing to take the risk. Other factors determined the
fate of this, however we never gave up, and spent countless hours
making sure it would happen.”
After speaking with new promoter, Bill Catania, who will promote the
US Open Weekend at Lancaster an agreement was reached to tag the US
Open RoC Modified portion as the Tony Jankowiak / Tommy Druar
Memorial race. In addition to the agreement for the 2014 season, the
trio of Jankowiak, Catania and Skotnicki are examining possibilities
for the future promotion of the event.
The Tony Jankowiak / Tommy Druar Memorial event is now an event
represented and promoted by members of the Jankowiak and Druar
families, who will protect the integrity and play an integral role
of the event going forward as well create programs to assist in the
benefit, the growth and the future of the sport.
Jankowiak and Skotnicki would like to thank Race of Champions
Modified Tour promoter, Andrew Harpell, for his continued support
and cooperation in making this event happen. His dedication, along
with the dedication of his officials and series drivers, helps
ensure the success of this race.
For more information on the US Open please call 336-793-8465 or log
www.lancasterusopen.com. You can also like the event of
Facebook at facebook.com/theusopen and follow on twitter @LancasterUSOpen.
For Further Information Contact, Andy Jankowiak - (716) 830-1305 /
Source: Andy Jankowiak /