Next Gen Drivers Make Magic at USAC .25 Mopar Midget Nationals

By Auto News Log • June 21st, 2010

The motorsports superstars of tomorrow had their driving skills on display at the USAC .25 Mopar Midget Nationals, as event champions in 15 classes were crowned at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday, June 19.

The event featured four days of entertaining and highly competitive racing on the “Disney D” configured track, from June 16–19. Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO – Mopar Service, Parts, and Customer Care, Chrysler Group LLC; Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Car Brand, and Senior Vice President – Product Design; and Jim Sassorossi, Director – Mopar Parts, Sales and Marketing were on hand to watch as drivers ranging in age from 5 to 17 years old battled it out in various classes.

The Mopar Image Center was also on display at the Wide World of Sports Complex. Attendees checked out a number of Mopar show cars, including a Mopar World of Outlaws Sprint car, Moparized Chrysler Town & Country LX and 2010 Ram Laramie Crew 4 x 4 Diesel vehicles, and a Dodge Challenger Mopar Edition. Fans also scooped up Mopar apparel and gear on sale at the Image Center.

Dan Bailey and his son Nicholas Bailey, from Topeka, Kan., took home the Mopar Best Appearing Car trophy at the event for their clean, sleek, carbon-fiber outfitted .25 Mopar Midget. A-Main event winners included the younger Bailey, Tyler Clem, Michael Atwell, Stetson Lail, Caleb McGillivary, Tyler Shullick, Christian Bock, Jared Irvan, Nick Drake, Kyle Compton and Joshua Jackson.

Ross Rankine, an up-and-coming 13-year-old driver from Willard, Ohio, sported a Mopar paint scheme on his .25 Midget during the event. Rankine, who scored two podium finishes, was appreciative of Mopar’s support of the series.

“I think it’s great that Mopar sponsors the USAC Mopar .25 Midget Series,” said Rankine. “I have a lot of fun racing on the series. When I get older I want to drive either a Dodge Challenger or Dodge Viper. It would be so cool to drive one of those fast cars.”

The next stop for the Mopar .25 Midget racers is the “Battle of the Brickyard,” July 7–10 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For more info on the USAC Mopar .25 Midget Series, visit

Source: Mopar Speed




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