INVERNESS, FL : After a weekend filled with 8 hours of on track practice, today officially begins the first day of on track competition for the 2020 INEX Winter Nationals. The annual event features 4 days of racing comprised of 5 total feature events per division. Friday afternoon seven drivers will leave the “Sunshine State” as champions.
There are seven divisions of competition scheduled this week. Three in the Bandolero classes, which is comprised of Beginners, Bandits and Outlaws. There are then four classes of Legend Cars that consist of Young Lions, Semi-Pro, Master and Pro.
This week also marks the beginning of the 2020 INEX National Championship season and drivers interested in chasing the season-long goal of becoming champion will begin that chase this week.
Every division will race five races over the course of the week, which means that they will all run twice at some point during the week. Monday features a doubleheader for both the Legends Young Lions and Bandolero Bandits.
Class Breakdown :
Beginner Bandolero : These drivers makeup the entry level of racers for INEX competition and can start as early as 8 years of age. These race cars run the Briggs & Stratton 570cc Vanguard engine with a restrictor plate to keep the speeds down. Most of the competitors have less than one year of racing experience in a Bandolero, and although they do not race for INEX National Points, they will still receive awards at the end of the week and for every race.
Bandolero Bandit : This is the first INEX National point scoring class and features drivers ranging in age from 8 years old to 11. They usually have more than a year of experience, or have picked up the skills in the Beginner class quickly enough to move up the ladder system. The engines run unrestricted at Citrus County Speedway.
Bandolero Outlaw : The Bandolero Outlaw class is the highest level a driver can obtain with the Bandolero race car. Just like their sister Bandit class, they run unresticted engines at Citrus County Speedway, and sometimes are a little slower than the Bandits due to the driver being older and heavier. In order to qualify for the Outlaw class, a driver needs to be at least 12 years old, or meet the birthday exception at age 11.
Legends Young Lions : The newest Legend Car class that competes around the world is the Young Lions. This entry-level Legend Car point division has drivers as young as 12 years old all the way to 15 years old. Many of these racers are in the first full season behind the wheel of a Legend Car, which features either the air-cooled Yamaha XJ 1250, or Yamaha FJ 1200 engines, or the new water-cooled FZ09 three-cylinder engine. These cars also have a gearbox and a clutch, unlike the Bandolero race car, which is just a gas and brake pedal.
Legends Semi-Pro : Once a driver has had a couple of years in a Legend Car, or is at the age of 16, they can join the Semi-Pro class of racers. These drivers are not the top class, or the most experienced, but often put on some of the closest competition and carry the largest fields. The Semi-Pros can be considered a Pro-Am class with a mixture of professional and amateur drivers racing each other.
Legends Master : The “Crazy Old Men and Women” over the age of 40 make-up the most experienced class of competition in INEX. The Masters division has drivers that have been racing most of the their life to those drivers that only do it part-time for fun. It is the class that will not be the next big superstar, but don’t let that fool you on how good many of these guys and gals are. Everyone in this class wants to beat everyone else, and they are not afraid to get rough.
Legends Pro : The top class in all of INEX competition is the Pro division. This is where you will find the best of the best when it comes to Legend Car racing and often many of these drivers graduate up the racing ranks into other series, leagues and even become international champions. They can be as young as 12 years old, with an exemption, all the way to no age limit if they choose to run in this class past 40 years of age.
With over 120 race cars of the property this week at Citrus County Speedway, the action will never be dull and in the previous three years of hosting the event here, drama and close racing has never been lacking. With all the champions from last year having moved on to other INEX divisions, or racing elsewhere, seven new INEX Winter Nationals champions will be crowned at the end of the week.
The entire week-long event will be broadcast live, and also available on same-day demand by visiting www.LegendsNation.tv. A multicam broadcast, complete with graphics, scoring, replays, interviews and more can be seen to a worldwide audience through the subscription service. LNTV is available to be watched on PC, tablet, smartphone and even via the Roku and Amazon Fire TV app.
Monday, February 10th Schedule :
|7:00 AM||Pit Gates / Registration Opens|
|9:00 AM||MANDATORY Drivers Meeting|
/ Group Photo to Follow
|10:30 AM||Practice Round 1 Begins by Division||6 Laps|
|11:30 AM (Approx)||Qualifying by Division||3 Laps|
|12:30 PM (Approx)||Racing Begins (B-Mains if Needed)|
|Young Lion – Feature #1||25 Laps|
|Bandit – Feature #1||20 Laps|
|Semi-Pro Feature||25 Laps|
|Young Lion/Bandit B-Mains if Needed|
|Beginner Bandolero Feature||20 Laps|
|Master Feature||25 Laps|
|Outlaw Feature||20 Laps|
|Pro Feature||25 Laps|
|Bandit – Feature #2||20 Laps|
|Young Lion – Feature #2||25 Laps|
|END OF MONDAY SHOW|
At the conclusion of the racing features there will be an optional practice session for teams that are interested in more track time.