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2004 News

2004 News

Drew To Attend The PRI Show at Indianapolis
December  2004

Every December the world of racing gathers in one spot on earth to do business…Indianapolis,Indiana.

Indy is the site of the Performance Racing Industry Show,aka PRI,and Drew will be in attendance for the second year in a row.The show will be held at the RCA Dome and Drew will be traveling with Bobby and Mike Seymour of Seymour Enterprises.

Drew will be meeting with many of his sponsors and making friends with some new ones,also.The PRI Show is an industry standard for taking time to visit with fellow racers and Drew has a number of his racing friends to converse with.

The PRI Show takes place on December 9-11 and Drew is excited to be representing the Seymours during this event and to the future.    For a closer look at the PRI Show click on to www.performanceracing.com.

 

Drew Qualified #3 for the Anderson USAC Midget Race, but was out on Lap 5 Incident in the 35 Lap Feature

Drew’s first USAC competition started on a very positive note as Drew qualified #3 in a 12-car field of competitiors of the Carolina/Virginia Ford Focus Midget Series on Saturday night at Anderson Motor Speedway,Anderson,South Carolina.

At the wheel of the #1 Wirtgen America/PPG Automotive Refinishes/Mobil 1/Oakley Hawk midget Drew was poised for a great night of racing.The Seymour Brothers and the crew had prepared the race car well and the rest looked simple.

Simple until Lap 5 of the 35 lap feature.The #43 car dove in deep on Drew in a turn and washed up into Drew’s left front suspension.This damaged Drew’s left front spindle and,unfortunately,concluded the night for Drew and the #1.

Success in many ways did transpire,however. Drew got to show what he is capable of in competition with seasoned veterans of the Carolina/Virginia Ford Focus Midget Series.

Drew had some truly quality time with the Seymour Brothers and their capable hands prepared Drew in many ways for more to come. All in all it was a good experience.

In 2005 Drew will show more of what he is capable of at the wheel of race cars in many ways.

It will be worth the wait.  View photos

 

Drew Adds Stanley Vidmar As His Newest Marketing Partner
September 27,2004: Drew is pleased to officially announce that Stanley Vidmar,the storage and cabinet unit of The Stanley Works,is his newest partner in marketing.

stanlleyVidmarStanley Vidmar,whose manufacturing facilities are located in Allentown,Pennsylvania, is the business unit of The Stanley Works that builds a significant line of storage cabinets for any workplace and industrial need.The full lineup of products includes mobile,wall and custom-designed storage cabinets,all built in the USA.

Drew will utilize his Stanley Vidmar double-wide mobile tool storage unit wherever he travels in his association with the Seymour Enterprises/S&S Racing #1 Hawk Focus midget race car.The shiny black custom-designed unit will perfectly match the shiny black midget racer.

As Drew competes across the country with his USAC competitions look for the Stanley Vidmar logo on the race trailer and on the track.

Please log on to www.stanleyvidmar.com to view the complete line of quality storage products that will suit your every need.

Drew,the #1 Hawk midget and StanleyVidmar…

AN ALL-AMERICAN TEAM…ALL THE WAY!

 

Drew Sprague and Seymours to race Anderson USAC FFMS

September 21,2004: Drew Sprague of Skowhegan,Maine will race in his inaugural Carolina/Virginia Ford Focus Midget Series race this Saturday,September 25,at Anderson Motor Speedway in Anderson,South Carolina.

Bobby and Mike Seymour,legends in USAC and NEMA competitions, will place Drew at the wheel of their Wirtgen Hawk Focus midget.The S&S entry will be testing on Friday at Anderson in preparation for the Saturday race.

The Seymour family has a long tradition in USAC midget and Silver Crown racing.Their father,”Boston Louie”,set the stage over thirty years ago for the two brothers to excel in racing and in car preparation.Drew is the latest benefactor to enjoy the Seymour Enterprises professionalism.The Seymour brothers have also raced in association for over a decade with NASCAR Nextel Cup star Ken Schrader.

Drew Sprague started racing at the age of eight and he has won in every form of racing that he has competed in.Drew has ten years and over 600 starts in NHRA/IHRA Junior Drag Racing,ASN Canada FIA karting,WKA karting and Skip Barber Formula Dodge competitions.

 

Drew Turns Left at Seekonk Speedway

Saturday,September 11,Drew enjoyed participating in an exhibition to support the forthcoming 2005 New England Ford Focus Midget Series.The event took place at “The Cement Palace”,Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk,Massachusetts on the 1/3 mile paved oval.

In association with Bobby and Mike Seymour of Seymour Enterprises of Marlboro,Massachusetts Drew sat at the wheel of a brand new Hawk midget meticulously prepared by the Seymours.The Wirtgen #1 was in Drew’s hands for three separate on-track activities with the purpose to promote the Ford Focus midgets and to provide to Drew some more seat time in a Focus midget.

During the pre-race evening hours the three Focus midgets in attendance were placed on the viewing area of the track for the fans to get close and personal with the cars and the drivers.The three drivers to take the cars out on the track included Bobby Seymour,Abby Martell and Drew.

Judging by the enthusiasm of the fans this new series will be favored when the 2005 racing season kicks off.

Our thanks to the Seymours and to the staff of Seekonk Speedway for a fun evening for Drew to enjoy the Focus midget and the fans of motorsport.

 

Drew Tests Ford Focus Midget

WGME-Channel 13 TV films and interviews Drew

True to the 2004 plan to continuously test Drew in many forms of race cars on Thursday, July 29, Drew sat behind the wheel of a USAC Ford Focus midget.

InterviewMidgetsmThe test took place on the 1/3 mile paved oval of Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, under the guidance of New England USAC Midget team owner Bobby Seymour of Seymour Enterprises, Marlborough, Massachusettes.

S&S Racing provided their brand new race car for Drew to determine the handling characteristics of a midget on a paved oval. The race car setup was Seymour perfect.

Drew ran a total of four on-track efforts and in each outing he became more and more comfortable with the quick handling that midgets are famous for.

Bobby Seymour stated that Drew was “silk smooth” and that he had the ability to catch the car before it even twitched.

This mirrors the results of Drew’s previous tests in 2004 from the oval experiences of an open-wheel modified coupe,a Pro-stock stock car and now a USAC midget.

The outing was ever more successful as TV-13 Anchorperson Kim Block and a film crew were on site to chronicle Drew’s track sessions. Footage of Drew on track and a driver interview were compiled and the edited work was aired on CBS Channel 13 (Portland, Maine) and on CBS Channel 5 (Bangor, Maine) on August 2, 2004 at the primetime 6 P.M. news hour and again at the 11 P.M. late news editions.

This makes for three consecutive years running that Dave Eid,Sports Director of Channel 13 and the staff of Channel 13 have produced a film news featurette on Drew’s career in motorsport.

Our thanks to Bobby and Mike Seymour and everyone at Channel 5 and 13 for their efforts to assist Drew in his achievements.

 

Drew Tests Ford Taurus Pro-Stock at Oxford Plains
As a follow-up to the test that Drew recently completed in the PASS Modified race car the next step was to put Drew at the wheel of a 500-PLUS horsepower,2700 pound Ford Taurus-bodied Pro-Stock.

Jay Cushman of Cushman Competition provided the #29 for the day to give Drew a sense of what brute power is all about on a 3/8th mile asphalt oval.Scott Chubbuck,the driver in weekly competitions,was also in attendance to provide to Drew a setup and a baseline of achievement.

Drew was truly amazed at having that much power at his right foot.In a total of five sessions of on-track improvement,Drew ran down to a low of 15.5 seconds and he ran consistent 15.6 second laps.The best times in the day for Scott Chubbuck were consistent 15.3 second lap times.

It was a great experience for Drew as he continues to sit at the wheel of more and more powerful race cars.The #29 is a real race car and then some!

Our thanks to Jay,Scott and the crew for a valuable opportunity that answered many questions with regards to the talent and the progression of Drew Sprague in his career in motorsports.

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Drew Sprague Tests PASS Mod at Oxford Plains Speedway

PPG Automotive Finishes driver Drew Sprague entered the world of oval racing on Tuesday,May 4,as he took to the track at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford,Maine behind the wheel of a PASS modified owned by Mike Rowe of Auburn.testing2-sm

The last time that Drew had been on the track at OPS was in a Mini-Cup car in May of 1999.The difference between the two race cars was different to say the least.

Drew ran over 150 laps in the day and was running laps of 16.6 seconds consistently at the end of the session. Considering that the track was green from heavy rains and that the race car was setup for a more-banked track from its previous race outing the results were pleasing.

This test was made possible by Mike and Ben Rowe as an opportunity to see what Drew felt about the short-track style of motorsport. Drew was comfortable at the wheel during the session although his seat position was a reach, as the settings were for driver Tommy Rowe, who is a bit taller than Drew’s five foot seven frame.

More tests will be coming in other race cars in the next several weeks as Drew looks to grow his efforts in other forms of racing.

17 year-old Drew Sprague started racing at the age of eight.Drew has piloted NHRA/IHRA Junior dragsters and Funny Cars,FIA and WKA karts,Skip Barber Formula Dodge and BMW Formula Junior race cars.Drew has achieved eleven racing licenses during his career including being the first North American to ever license in the Formula BMW ADAC German Championship.

 

Drew Receives USAC Ford Focus Midget Series Competition License

usac_2004headerDrew is now a member of USAC and he is a licensed competitor in the United States Auto Club(USAC)Ford Focus Midget Series.This license privileges Drew to be able to compete in any of the five Ford Focus Midget Series programs across the United States.

Plans are in process for Drew to do a full day of testing at the wheel of a Focus midget in the near future.FordFocusMidgetLogo

focus-midget4gThe development of a professional driver requires a constant evolution of opportunities at the wheel of race cars.As Drew has driven dragsters,karts and Formula cars the quickness of a midget provides even more of what Drew has been learning the last ten years.

There are many more tests in many more forms of race cars that Drew will experience in 2004 and beyond.  To discover more of this exciting form of motorsport please click on to www.usacracing.com.

 

DREW TEAMS UP WITH NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK RACER ERIC JONES

Drew was privileged January 2-4,2004 to appear at the 16th Annual Northeast Motorsports Expo in the E.J.Prescott/Team EJP Racing booth with Team EJP driver Eric Jones, where they both signed autographs for racing fans.Drew-EricJonessm

The Augusta,Maine event was Drew’s seventh year at the show which is sponsored by the New England Dodge Dealers and E.J.Prescott,Inc. Pipeline Specialists.

It was a special event for both drivers as they are both alumni of the Skip Barber Racing Series at the wheel of Formula Dodge race cars.Eric raced in the Skip Barber Midwest Series several years ago and Drew raced in the Skip Barber Eastern Series Championship in 2003. Interestingly, both drivers had three wins each in their racing seasons with Skip Barber.

Eric will be testing in the January session at Daytona in preparation for the 2004 Daytona season opener for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Drew wishes Eric and Team EJP Racing the very best at Daytona and beyond in the 2004 season and Drew extends his thanks to Peter and Steve Prescott for all of their kindness over the three-day show.Thanks Team EJP!