This weekend's DuPont Gold Crown Midget Nationals at the Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill. have been cancelled. Officials of USAC, Powri and Tri-City Speedway are discussing possible rescheduling of the event in early 2010 and will have an announcement regarding that when it is firm.
"Heavy rains are forecast for the next 48 hours, followed by extreme low temperatures, "said USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller. "Our concerns for our fans and teams traveling to this grand event and incurring costs over the next couple of days while being subjected to the inclement weather led to what we collectively felt was the prudent decision. We are extremely disappointed that the weather has not cooperated and we look forward to rescheduling this event in 2010 at a time when all involved can fully enjoy the experience."
Race organizers Kevin and Tammy Gundaker expressed their disappointment as well: "All of us here at Tri-City share the disappointment of the cancellation of the 2nd Annual "Gold Crown Midget Nationals. The nation's top drivers were all pre-entered, making this one of the best open-wheel weekends for competitors as well as fans. The Gold Crown will return in 2010. Details regarding the 2010 Tri-City Speedway schedule will be posted on our website at www.tricityspeedway.net."
In associated news, the accompanying USAC .25 Midget "Generation Next Tour" Round 7, slated at Gateway International Raceway this weekend, has also been postponed and a new site for this weekend's events is being finalized and will be announced later today.