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Balmoral Park

Balmoral Park (5/17/08)

Contact: Tom Kelley
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World Cup of Amateur Racing Underway

With Leg 1 action already completed last night at Maywood Park the 2008 World Cup of Amateur Racing is off and running.

This year’s World Cup features the top amateur drivers from 12 participating countries. The event is considered the World Championship of amateur racing. This will be the 13th edition of this prestigious tournament. The last time the U.S. hosted the championship was back in 1988 when tracks in Chicago, Canada, New York and New Jersey were used.

The 12 competing countries for the 2008 edition are the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Spain.

“The competitors need at least six drives during the six track series but the way it was worked out each participant will have eight drives when the series is completed,” noted Joe Faraldo, president of the North American Amateur Drivers Association, the hosts for this year’s World Cup.

Host racetracks include Maywood Park (May 16), Balmoral Park (May 17), Monticello Raceway (May 19), Yonkers Raceway (May 20) and on May 21, Freehold Raceway (in the afternoon) and The Meadowlands (in the evening).

The world champion is selected through a scoring system, which nominates the driver who has reached the highest score after all races have been driven. The winner in each race gets 2 points more than the second place finisher. From the second place position on down the interval is always the same so that the last place finisher receives 1 point. If races are driven with different numbers of drivers the point system with the highest number of participants will be used for all races.

If more than one driver has the same score in the final counting, the number of first, second etc. finishes are used to determine the final rankings. If this is not enough to split the tie the added time used in all races driven by the drivers involved will determine the final ranking.

In case of a dead-heat involving two or more horses sharing the same placing, everyone involved will be given the score they would have received if that person had finished alone at that position.




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