ROMA'S Laurie Fitzgerald is one racer who can't wait to see the 2013 JP Racing Eighth Mile Drag Racing Series return to the new-look Ironbark Raceway tomorrow.
Fitzgerald was the Series champion for the 2012 FG Loy and Sons Earthmoving Old School Bracket and the 2010 Series champion in the Modified bracket and in 2013 will be debuting in a new bracket - Ice Slushee Super Sedan.
"This will be my third year competing in the JP Racing Eighth Mile Drag Racing Series and my third different race bracket for the Series," Fitzgerald said.
"The category move sees me switch from my 2010 and 2012 Series winning Fiat into my Corvette."
"As for whether or not we can make it a third title in a third different category in this series - we will just keep on showing up and getting points and see how it goes, there are some pretty good racers in this bracket that will take some beating, but we will be doing our best!"
Fitzgerald is particularly excited about the track upgrades on his home track which have brought a new track surface, a new timing system, the sealing of return roads and pit areas, and a new canteen.
"We missed out on our Eighth Mile round in 2012 due to the track upgrades but from what I hear it has been more than worth it," he said.
Fitzgerald and his fellow Ice Slushee Super Sedan racers will be joined on track at Ironbark Raceway on April 27 by the Diamond T Products Junior Dragster, FG Loy & Sons Earthmoving Old School, RD Williams Excavator Parts Modified, John William Auto Sales Super Street and Queensland Nameplate Group Modified Bike brackets.
Gates open at 8am with qualifying from 11am to 4pm and racing from 5pm.
The Western Star has three double passes to give away to the event. They will go to the first three email entries to tell us which category Fitzgerald is racing in. Winners must be able to collect the passes from our front desk by 5pm today.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.