Inside Line Promotions – SOMERTON, Ariz. (Oct. 7, 2015) – Rico Abreu is the latest driver committed to race throughout the 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown.
Abreu, who took his success in dirt racing to pavement this year, will return to his dirt roots at Cocopah Speedway on Jan. 1-2, Jan. 5 and Jan. 8-9, 2016, for the marquee 410ci sprint car event.
“I’m spending Christmas at home this year and then I’ll go to Winter Heat,” he said. “I wish I would have done it last year.”
Abreu missed the first three races of last year’s inaugural event because of prior commitments to compete overseas. He is scheduled to tackle all five races of the dynamic 2016 event, which features $12,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start races on Jan. 1-2 and Jan. 8-9 with a $5,000-to-win midweek event on Jan. 5.
“I won some ASCS races there and I look to hopefully win a Winter Heat race,” he said. “There will be some tough competition and it’ll be great.”
Abreu scored a pair of Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour victories at the semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval in early 2014. He placed 20th and 16 th, respectively, during his two Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown features earlier this year.
Abreu has earned more than two dozen feature victories on dirt this season in a sprint car and midget. He also captured his first career K&N Pro Series East triumph on July 4 at Columbus Motor Speedway in Columbus, Ohio.
Tickets for the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown, which include a free fan pit pass, are on sale at http://www.CocopahWinterHeat.com.
2016 WINTER HEAT SPRINT CAR SHOWDOWN –
Dates: Jan. 1-2, Jan. 5 and Jan. 8-9, 2016
Track: Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz.
Prize: $12,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start each night (Jan. 1-2, 8-9); $5,000-to-win (Jan. 5); approximately $250,000 total prize money
Type: 410ci sprint cars
MEDIA LINKS –
General admission tickets for the event are on sale by visitinghttp://www.CocopahWinterHeat.com. Kids 12 and under get in free. There is a discount for military members and senior citizens.
THE EVENT –
The 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown will showcase the top sprint car drivers in the world in sunny Southwest Arizona during the first two weeks of January in 2016. The four weekend races pay $12,000 to the winner and at least $1,000 to every driver who advances to the main event with the midweek show paying $5,000 to win.
COCOPAH SPEEDWAY –
Cocopah Speedway is a semi-banked, 3/8-mile dirt track located in Somerton, Ariz. It has a concrete wall perimeter, television-quality lighting and the pits are located outside turns three and four. There is also dry camping free of charge on the property. For more information, visithttp://www.CocopahSpeedway.com.
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