The long off-season is just about over. Being a sports fan sucks the life out of you sometimes. The Packers and Badgers gave us a lot to look forward over the long winter and early spring. For that I am forever thankful. But man....doesn’t get much rougher than that. Race season 2015 is here, and I can’t think of a better way to recoup from a fun, emotional, gut-shot after gut-shot filled off-season. There are lots of rivalries in sports and as a true Wisconsin sports fan if my team does not win it hurts, bad. One of the reasons I love the sport of auto racing at the local levels is that you can get excited about a race, but don’t necessarily from the fan perspective have to ride those waves and take those hits to the gut year after year. Many have their favorites, but we are all Wisconsinites, and we all believe in this sport and our place in it regardless of who ends up in victory lane.
As the 2015 race season schedule starts to take shape I also start to look at what goals I am setting for myself and my family. Part of the struggle each year having a young family and working in a career that takes up half my weekends each month is balance. Balance is the key to ensuring the job, kids, and most importantly the wife are happy every day. We are long away from the days of mid-week specials and all-star events. For me, running off for a weeknight show is almost never a problem, but weekends are more valuable than gold in the summers of Wisconsin. Like the many regional touring series laying out their schedule around weekly shows, holiday weekends, and other touring series, the die-hard race fan in me has to look at the entire season and decide what are the can’t miss, what are the maybe’s, and how can I fit as many events in as possible without disrupting that balance.
We currently have 5 scheduled events with intent to adding many more. Round 1 for United Race Fans of Wisconsin is the ICEBREAKER 100 at Dells Raceway Park on April 19th. There are currently as I write this today 43 cars entered for this event and one of the deepest fields I have seen for any one event in recent memory. If you would like to become a part of our group or just want to talk some racing do not hesitate to say hello. Info on becoming a member can be found here.
Round 2 will be at the Joe Shear Classic 100 for the ARCA Midwest Tour at Madison International Speedway on May 3rd. A side note, if you didn’t catch it on our facebook or twitter feeds, I just want to say thanks again to Madison International Speedways new owners Gregg and Angie McKarns for the personally signed thank you letter for pre-ordering tickets to the ARCA Midwest Tour event May 3rd. Class at its best. Upon hearing the rumors about a potential sale of the track for non-racing use, it was one of the few gut-shots you have to deal with in racing. As it turned out, a victory for Wisconsin much sweeter than any Packers or Badgers championship.
Mr. and Mrs. McKarns, I can’t say thank you enough, you have our support, and nothing but the best.
I still don’t know if I am doing this thing blogging thing right. Sometimes I feel like I am just brain-dumping and hope it comes out legible. I started this blog so I could share my passion, with that, I will be introducing a mini-series for this season called, “I love this track”. I couldn’t think of a better way to promote the mission statement of our group and I can’t wait to get started. If you or anyone you know would like to contribute to this mini-series and tell the world why you love your favorite track(s) please contact us here.
Good luck to all the drivers, crews, car owners, track owners, and sponsors. We’ll see you AT THE TRACK.
For more information on becoming a member of United Race Fans of Wisconsin please visit our membership page by clicking here.
Rich Zimpel has been attending local race tracks for the past 30 years.