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America Stock Car racing to debut in Singapore

Singapore promoter Goodstock Motorsports to host first U.S. Legend Cars quarter-mile race during August 2023 Goodstock SpeedFest at Changi Aviation Park

Malaysian drivers will be among the 30 top international drivers competing in the inaugural Goodstock SpeedFest at Singapore’s Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC) from 11-13 August 2023 in what will be the debut of American stock car and oval racing in Southeast Asia.

The U.S. Legend Cars racing series will flag off on a specially-built track ¼ mile (400m) oval track with the event offering a total prize purse of S$150,000 (RM497,000).

Singapore promoter Goodstock Motorsports has been given the rights to promote and host the event this year. The Goodstock SpeedFest will be supported by two motorsports events, including the Bandolero race for women and a Drift show.

The event was launched on Wednesday (22 February) at the Tampines Hub, where Goodstock Motorsports Managing Director Ben Tan and G.E. Chapman, U.S. Legend Cars Vice-President of Racing Operations, formalized the agreement. The launch was attended by Assoc Prof Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Minister of State for the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of National Development, and Goodstock Motorsports President John Dennehy.

The U.S. Legend Cars race, has also attracted the participation drivers from the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Established Japanese driver Akinori Ogata, who competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, will be among the competitors vying for honours and the top prize of S$100,000 (RM331,000) in Singapore.

The race is sanctioned by the INEX, the international sanctioning body of the Legend Car, and supported by Motor Sports Singapore. These single-seater Legend Cars can reach a top speed of 240 km/h and drivers will race 30 laps around a temporary quarter-mile (400m) oval track that will be built on the grounds of the Singapore Airshow at CEC.

“Oval track racing has a rich history in the United States and fans are attracted to the fast and close racing between drivers. As ticket holders are seated in a stadium-style arena, they are able to watch the entire race and all the action and drama that take place on the track. In bringing in U.S. Legend Cars, we are adding variety to the motorsports calendar in Singapore and have plans to grow it in stature and prestige throughout Southeast Asia in the coming years,” said Ben Tan, Managing Director of Goodstock Motorsports.

U.S. Legend Cars is a subsidiary of Speedway Motorsports that hosts major motorsports races in the United States, including NASCAR and NHRA drag racing.

The racing series began in 1992 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina, United States and has grown to become one of the fastest-growing motorsports events in the world. Races are now held across several countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. Further information on U.S. Legend Cars and oval racing is available at Annex A.

Meanwhile, G.E. Chapman, the Vice-President of Racing Operations, U.S. Legend Cars International (USLCI) said: “I am proud that Singapore will be hosting this series, which is growing in popularity around the world. Our U.S. Legend Cars series have bred many NASCAR champions such Joey Logano, who won races in the 2018 and 2022 Cup Series and winner of the 2015 Daytona 500, and Chase Elliott, another NASCAR Cup series winner (in 2020 and 2022). Motorsports is growing very fast in Asia, and Singapore is the right place as a launching pad for us to reach fans in the Southeast Asian region. We have a good partner in Goodstock and will work with them to make the event here a success.”

In addition to the exhilarating races on the oval track in Singapore, Goodstock SpeedFest spectators can also enjoy a performance from famed British stunt driver Terry Grant, whose multiple world records include performing the largest loop-the-loop in a car.

The track venue can seat 5,000 per day. Ticketing information is available at ticketmaster.sg. The Goodstock SpeedFest will also feature premium entertainment with well-known music artists, and delectable food and beverage options. Further details will be revealed at a later date.

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