LARRY WIGHT’S INDOOR DEBUT HIGHLY ANTICIPATED; WILL RUN DARREN FORBES’ 600 MICRO SPRINT AT A.C. INDOOR RACES
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (January 30, 2012)-– When the phrase “brightest and best” is applied to upstate New York dirt track racing circles, Phoenix, N.Y. teenager Larry Wight’s name is at the top of the list.Wight, 19, is the latest of more than 200 drivers to enter Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall Indoor Races.
Nearly thirty 600cc Micro Sprint teams have committed to participate in the race. The 10th edition of the event under the direction of Len Sammons and staff is planned for Friday and Saturday nights Feb. 3-4, 2012. College student Wight will be making his first start indoors aboard a 600cc Micro Sprint owned by Darren Forbes of Baldwinsville, N.Y. The Micro Sprints are one of four classes of car in competition. The lightning-fast TQ (three quarter) Midgets, the aggressively-driven Slingshots and the missile-like Champ Karts are the others.“The car is an older chassis but we have raced it only once,” said owner Forbes. “It’s a good car and I am sure Larry will do well with it,” Forbes concluded.
Wight, a winner of 88 outdoor races in his driving career, is part of the highly regarded Baldwinsille, N.Y. based Gypsum Racing Team, that fields or backs half a dozen upstate New York big-block and small-block Modified teams.
The biggest day so far in Wight’s racing career came on September 5, 2010, when he outran Alan Johnson, the winningest driver of all time in big-block DIRTCar history.
The combined driver rosters among the four competition classes is approaching 210, having eclipsed 200 late last week. Wight and Forbes will have two chances to win in Boardwalk Hall; the 600cc Micro Sprints are the only division that will have feature races on both Friday and Saturday nights.
Vintage TQ midgets have been added to the weekend of events. Cars will be displayed on Friday, Feb. 3 throughout Boardwalk’s Hall spectator concourse.
A warm-up session is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Feb. 4. Cars will then be displayed and drivers will be available for autographs and photos during the interactive evening Fanfest session prior to the beginning of racing program. Drivers will hand out full-size souvenir pennants to the first five hundred youngsters during Fanfest as well.
Tickets for the Atlantic City event are on sale now at Ticketmaster outlets online at www.ticketmaster.com and at the event at the Boardwalk Hall box office.