Palm Beach International Raceway moves closer to FIA track certification

Also launches new Indy Lights Rookie Challenge—winner receives 2009 ride Written by Moore Good Ink Orlando, FL: Palm Beach International Raceway President, Ron Dixon, announced news on Friday at the PRI Trade Show of FIA approval to use the track as a test facility for all types of racing that falls under the umbrella of a Grade 2 License and also of an important new Indy Lights Rookie Challenge Series to help aspiring young drivers get closer to competing in the 2009 Indy Lights series. Dixon said, “We’ve recently received notification from the FIA that our Grade II license is forthcoming, and we are confident that we will have the rubber stamp on the certificate by late January or early February, 2009.” This means track testing for professional classes on our road course can begin immediately. This valuable certificate enables Palm Beach International Raceway to host events in all the major classes, including IRL, Indy Lights, Grand-Am, and NASCAR.  “Our whole aim,” explained Dixon “is to bring all major auto racing events to the State of Florida by 2010.” PBIR’s second announcement of note, involves the launch of a new series titled the Indy Lights Rookie Challenge. This is a concept inspired and perpetuated by Dixon to attract approximately thirty young, ambitious Indy Lights drivers to compete for a fully sponsored ride in the 2009 IRL Indy Lights series. “There are a lot of young racers who simply cannot afford today’s Indy Lights annual budgets, which have escalated to between $750,000 and $1,000,000,” said Dixon.  “My aim is to help young drivers who cannot raise these kinds of racing...

Palm Beach International Raceway at Performance Racing Industry Trade Show

Written by Moore Good Ink Images by Peak Seven Orlando, FL: Dec. 11-13, 2008:  – The PBIR staff with a large display booth   demonstrated a strong presence at this year’s 21st annual PRI exhibition at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. As previous, the trade show featured automotive-based manufacturers and suppliers from the United States and around the world.  This year’s event attracted 42,000-plus attendees. The PBIR booth showcased an Indy Lights racecar, the Wilson Manifolds Cobalt Pro Stocker, a Maranello Kart, and various race vehicles that can participate at the PBIR multi-venue race track. Ron Dixon, president, announced news of imminent FIA Grade II track certification for PBIR (expected late January or early February 2009).  This license is a major advancement, enabling the track to host a variety of professional classes such as IRL, Indy Lights, Grand Am or ARCA.  Dixon also outlined an exciting new PBIR concept to be known as the Indy Lights Rookie Challenge.  This commendable new series, scheduled for late February to mid-March ’09, is designed to provide an opportunity for a young racer to enter the IRL Indy Lights series.  The winner of the Rookie Challenge will receive a fully sponsored ride underwritten by Palm Beach International...