Better late than never, huh?
For the sake of arguments, lets roll with that, true or not. Basically, what that statement brings up, is the 10,000lbs elephant in the room. That being the fact that since our NEORacingNews.com Pro Cup Series wrapped up in November, we have basically gone dark.
With just the semi-serious dirt series running on Saturday evenings, and the Super Speedway Series just trudging along on Wednesdays throughout the winter months, Can-Am Racing Series has more or less fallen off the face of the earth. Lets not even ignore what it truly was, and that is that the administration basically just let go and let the league flop in the breeze for the last 3 months.
But before we get too far, let me, Greg Netherwood, co-founder of the series, explain a few things.
First, lets go with my prespective. I just turned 33 on January 2nd (Happy Belated Birthday to Me!). To give a little bit of history here, I began sim-racing before some of you were born. My first ever sim was Bill Elliotts NASCAR Challenge. I’ve been hardcore into sim-racing since then. Through all the Papy sims, into iRacing, you name it and if it turned left I more than likely owned it and raced it. For the last 13 years, I have been owning or administering an online racing series. 13. Years. Thirteen. You read that right. Some people that race with us have kids that aren’t that old.
To be blunt with it all, I got burnt out. CARS was my first ever series that I was able to build from nothing into a strong, 3 to 4 night a week series with full fields in all divisions. I have never been more proud of something I built in my life. I had a lot of help doing so, with my co-founder Chris Hie shouldering a lot of the work early on, and then moving into the group that currently consists of Patrick Hahe, Chris Cable, Trevor Williams, and formerly Mike King. We all worked hard to get where we are.
But, being the “owner”, though I hate that word, I shouldered a lot of the work. My reasoning being, if you want something done your way, do it yourself. But that had burnt me out. 4 full years of running a series 3 to 4 nights a week was taxing. Losing out on personal things with family and girlfriends because you need to be at a race, or spending a night home doing something league related when you know you have many other places you could be.
To say I wanted some time off to myself and to relax and recharge, is an understatement.
It was my intention to be up front and communicate with the masses, however, real life intervened. My career has taken off, and unfortunately all these things with Can-Am Racing Series came at the same point as my busy time with my career. So, as a result, all those “planning stages” and “statements” I truly wanted to put out in the webisphere were either pushed to the backburner or shelved all together.
Being the main voice, and face, of the Can-Am Racing Series, the fact I went so dark and yet communicated so little should not have happened. Did I need time away to relax, and do what I wanted to do for a bit? Sure. Should I have done so at the expense of all of you, who have been our loyal followers, and racers? No. I know I let a lot of you down, and deserve any amount of flack I get for it.
We have a team of administrators, sure. But theres a reason they all look to me for direction. And I let them down as well. They were left flopping in the breeze as I took my break, and that was unfair to them, and all of you.
For that, I will apologize.
However, with that out of the way, let me be the first to say that I am truly excited for what 2015 may bring. This is our 4th year in full existence, and while we are off to a rocky start, things are going to be looking up very soon!
I would like to outline what we have in store for 2015:
Lets start with our division selection. Many of you know that we started as a Late Model only series. However, many of us have grown tired of the late models, running them weekly for 3 years does that to a man.We had 10 full seasons of them, with 9 different champions. To say we are proud of what we did on Sundays, is an understatement. From a televised all-star challenge with the SARA that saw the victor visit the New Hampshire Motor Speedway as a prize, to seeing members turn into real life late model standouts in the Carolinas, we couldnt be happier for how that division grew and exceeded our expectations.
But its time we move on from the late models. Our Tuesday Nationwide/XFinity Series really took off last year, and we had 25+ cars for 30 of the 34 events. To couple with that series, we are going to be swapping out the late models with the Generation 6 Cup Cars (A-Class Fusion, SS, and Camry), to follow along with the NASCAR schedule just like we do on Tuesdays.
We will keep our usual race times on Sundays. 8 pm Practice, with a 9:30pm Qualifying, we are aiming to run races that are actually the same length as we ran last year with our Pro Cup series (races approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes). For reference, we’re talking 120 laps at tracks like Texas and Atlanta. The races we ran last year in that division were the perfect length for a Gen6 Cup Series, and we are truly excited to see how this will turn out. The Gen6 Cup Series will run Fixed Basic, as we always have, and will follow the NASCAR schedule as closely as possible.
The division will have 3 short seasons (12 races each) encompassed within the one 36 race overall season. We did this in the Tuesday Pro Cup series last year, and it worked out splendidly. Basically, every race you enter, you get points for 2 dfiferent standings. One set for the segment, one set for the full season. There will be a Chase format, but we will be following the old NASCAR chase, not the new one. The new one sucks. That one can burn. Slowly.
The series will start with Daytona qualifying, with full Duals and everything. We will also be using the “League Tab” on iRacing, so we can better police the number situation.
The second “announcement” is that we will be continuing our Tuesday Nationwide/XFinity style series, the NEORacingNews.com Pro Cup Series. Continuing with the same format as last year in which we also follow the NASCAR schedule, using the same car makes as last year (B-License Camaro, Impala and Mustang). The only difference between this year and last year, is that we will be utilizing slightly shorter race lengths. In 2014, there were multiple races that went just a tad too long for the B-Class style cars, and as such we are going to shorten them up so we are done by 10pm EST. For example, rather than 120 laps at Texas, we would be running 90.
We will be using the same multi-segment/full season points, like we did last year and with the Sunday Gen6 Cup Series this year. With 3 amazing point battles last season, culminating with a nailbiting finish at Homestead with Chris Cable besting Greg Netherwood, we just cant get over how pumped we are to continue this division.
With that all said, though, we do have a few things we will be eliminating.
The Super Speedway Series will be going by the wayside. With 2 full schedules set for 2015, we want to really focus on our two banner divisions. Having a 3rd will pull the strings too taught, and we really need to streamline our operations. Not fatten them up. With the Wednesday Super Speedway Series dwindling, we will be elminating that.
As well, the officially sanctioned rFactor Dirt Series (http://dirt.canamracingseries.com) will be switching nights and will be taking on a different feel and direction. Not entirely sure where I will be going with that, but, I am a dirt racer at heart and will continue this series with full CARS support. But, we’ll see where I go with it in the coming weeks as we wrap up our first season in the Super Late Models on dirt.
The final change, and probably the biggest, is the fact that we will be totally beginning anew with the sign ups. For the last 2 years, we have been utilizing a mailling list that is almost 400 people strong. It needs to be weeded out, and we have decided we will flush it out and begin fresh.
The signups for all series are open now! I cant stress that enough!
We want to take Can-Am Racing Series into 2015, our third anniversary, into a new dimension. And we want you all to join us. We have worked hard to get wh ere we are, and while we have taken a break, we want to pick back up where we left off. The schedules are being inputed into the website as we speak, to be finalized by the weekend (February 1st). The Daytona qualifying begins in under 3 weeks, and its about time we got pumped!
So, go! Visit www.CanAmRacingSeries.Com and sign up today! Lets get this party started right going into 2015. We have a lot to be thankful for, and we want you all to join us and give us much more!
Good luck to everyone this season, we sure can’t wait to get back to racing with all of you!
Thank you all as always,
Greg Netherwood, Co-Founder/Administrator
Chris Cable, Administrator
Patrick Hahe, Administrator
Trevor Williams, Administrator
Al Smith, Hater of All Things Racing Related Including This Post