Tatnell the sprints charming
BROOKE Tatnell is almost certain to headline the World Series Sprintcar’s list of contracted drivers. The Australian racer has yet to confirm for the revamped series with the Krikke Motorsport team, but his calendar should be clear after his US team, Titan Racing, announced this week it will shut.
Titan team owner Reeve Kruck, who recruited Tatnell this year, cites dissatisfaction with the World of Outlaws series as one reason for the closure.
The WSS series has already confirmed Max Dumesny, Ryan Farrell, Robbie Farr, Trevor Green, Jason Johnson, Peter Lack, James McFadden, Bryan Mann, Ricky Maiolo, David Murcott and Danny Reidy as contracted drivers.
The threat of a breakaway series last season has galvanised the sprintcars to form a managing body and provide a professional front to fans and sponsors.
Sprintcars Racing spokesman Dale Rodgers says the approach should be more consumer-oriented.
‘‘In this era, we need to have a TV presence to get our message and our sponsors across to the public,’’ Rodgers says, adding they will announce free-to-air telecasts next month. He says in-car camera tests have begun.
‘‘We’re looking at where we can place the cameras,’’ he says.
‘‘Looking back at the driver doesn’t work — if they’re having a go the car’s usually sideways and there’s usually a light shining in the back.’’
Rodgers is confident of 30 to 40-car grids for the 14 rounds of the series and says the teams’ professionalism is already on a par with that seen in drag racing.
‘‘We’re in the same position drag racing was in a few years ago,’’ he says.
Prince of sprints: (third from left) Brooke Tatnell with some of the other World Series Sprintcar champions.