to sponsor Northwest LM Tour

  • Herald news services
  • Thursday, April 2, 2009 12:48pm
  • SportsSports

Racing simulation company was named on Tuesday as the title sponsor of the American Speed Association’s 2009 Northwest Late Model Tour. The sponsorship program includes the Hard Charger contingency program, which will reward competitors in the Northwest-U.S. based stock car series who display exceptional driving at each event on the 11-race schedule.

Following a rain postponement, the ASA Northwest Late Model Tour is scheduled to kick off its season Saturday, May 2 at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval in Wenatchee, Wash.

“All of us at ASA are pleased to welcome to the Northwest Late Model Tour,” said Scott Ellsworth, the tour’s director. “This is a collaboration that will benefit both of our organizations and most of all the racers who compete in our events. The addition of iRacing helps complete a package that features the best drivers, teams and officials.” is an online, subscription-based racing simulation service that allows drivers from all over the world to build their skills and get useful seat-time at a small fraction of the cost of real-world testing. The signature aspect of’s motorsports simulation service is the use of millimeter-accurate tracks, exact digital duplicates of all vehicles and precise physics modeling that produces an ultra-high fidelity experience that duplicates the real-world handling and feel of the car.

“We are proud to be a part of this Northwest racing tradition. The tour’s commitment to providing excitement and great value echos’s approach to the sport,” said Scott McKee, iRacing’s vice president of marketing. “Our service includes a state-of-the-art Late Model stock car, which allows ASA’s tour drivers – and all short-track racers – to gain valuable seat time in preparation for feature-event success.”

The tour’s season-opening race on March 28 at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., was canceled due to rain. The remaining 2009 ASA Northwest Late Model Tour schedule is:

May 2 – Wenatchee, Wash.

May 9 – Spokane, Wash.

May 23/24 – Ronan, Mont.

Jun 6 – Yakima, Wash.

Jun 13 – Post Falls, Idaho

Jun 27/28 – Kent, Wash.

Jul 25 – Monroe, Wash.

Aug 22 – Roseburg, Ore.

Sep 5/6 – Yakima Wash.

Sep 12 – Wenatchee, Wash.

For more information on the ASA Northwest Late Model Tour contact the Northwest Tour Director, Scott Ellsworth, at 253-312-1080 or 360-659-5910.

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