How would you like to get in to a turn-key racing car that will probably not need even a new set of tires all season for around $5,000? Well, according to Kevin Brown, the president of the Legacy Midwest Racing series, it is possible to do that if you live close to the races he promotes in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.
Brown personally calls up racing promoters to look for tracks or courses where the Legacy cars can run. They typically compete in 20-lap contests on 1/3-, ¼- or ½-mile ovals. They can do 80 mph on the shorter tracks and 100 mph on the larger ones. Brown has solid commitments from six drivers for 2014. He had 10 drivers last year, but four moved up the ladder to truck series racing.
Texas, built years ago. The cars are based on a ¾-size NASCAR Sprint Cup chassis and all use a sealed Mazda B-2200 truck engine. The cars were designed in 1996 by NASCAR driver Donnie Allison’s sons Donald, Kenny and Ronald Allison. According to Brown, many drivers have used Legacy car rtacing as a stepping stone into truck, late-model and NASCAR racing. Legacy Midwest Racing oversees the scheduling, administration and officiating of regional races for Allison Legacy racing cars in the Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana region. The Midwest series started about 2-1/2 years ago. “This year we are trying to establish a championship format,” said Brown. “But we do not have sponsors lined up yet.”
Features of Legacy cars include a fire suppression system, interchangeable and adjustable front suspension, 13-in. wheels with 7-in. Hoosier or Goodyear tires, coilover shocks and springs, 4-wheel disc brakes, aluminum racing seat, 5-point safety harness and adjustable 3-link rear suspension.
Brown had his 16-year-old son’s racing car on display at the Race and Performance Expo to promote his Midwest Legacy series. In addition to the scaled-down fiberglass Monte Carlo body on that car, a ¾-size Thunderbird body was also offered by Allison Brothers. Brown says that 300-400 of the cars were turned out. When checking out ads and online listings for cars, Brown says to be sure that the one you’re buying has a sealed engine.