(Ventura Raceway Program, 1995)... The International Motor
Contest Association's Sprint Car class is the newest addition to
Ventura Raceway's list of regulars. The non-winged racers are less
expensive cousins to the Sprint Car Racing Association's fleet, and
will provide a starting place for younger drivers on their way to SCRA
and other sanctioning bodies. The class also provides a place for
drivers who wish to run sprints on a more limited budget than is
required in such groups as SCRA.
The IMCA sprinters are limited to 360 cubic inches if fuel
injected. The may run any sized motor if they run a carburetor. These
motor formulas allow them to generate about 425 horsepower. The cars
are typically by Chevrolet engines and are limited to iron blocks.
The chassis are limited to an 86-inch wheelbase. You will see a
variety of chassis in this class. There are new Stealth, Beast,
Stinger, and other chassis represented here tonight. The notion that
this class is one for old outdated cars and technology is far from the
Antoher equalizing feature of this new class is a left and right
rear tire rule. The class uses a spec McCreary tire on both rear
corners. These tires have proven to be a great equalizer, due to their
hard compound. They also tend to last for many races, again cutting
the cost to run this series.
Unlike other sprint car sanctioning bodies, the IMCA allows engines
to be claimed for $800. Any driver finishing on the same lap as the
fourth place finisher, in the main event, can claim a motor from the
top four finishers for $800. This rule is designed to keep the cost of
motors at a reasonable amount.