SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Audio and story by Race Chaser Online New York Correspondent Steven Ovens — Jeremiah Fish photo —
Jeremie Corcoran is getting ready to start his fifth season as promoter at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in the Finger Lakes Region of New York.
Corcoran has taken “The Land of Legends” to new heights in his time operating the facility located on the Ontario County Fairgrounds. There have been many highs and lows for Corcoran as a promoter, but 2015 will be a year in which he decides his future with the speedway.
Prior to the 2015 season, the promoter of CMP was set to sign a multi-year lease extension with the Ontario County Fair Board. But Corcoran decided recently not to sign the lease, stating he wants to see how this season goes and determine if promoting is something he and his family want to continue to do.
In a rare audio interview, Corcoran opened up on the most recent episode of Turn 5 Live and shed some light on the struggle that continues daily over the Kevin Ward Jr tragedy that took place last August. Corcoran says that was a tragedy that he never wants to have to live through again and hopes no other promoter, driver or fan will have to go through either.
“Things may change for me, I might go down a different avenue,” said Corcoran at Saturday’s taping of Turn 5 Live. “We’ll see where this year brings us. I was going to sign an extension and I backed out of it, just because I want to see where this year goes.”
Corcoran went on to explain further why he may be seeking other avenues besides being the promoter at CMP.
“Living with what happened last year, it’s tough. It’s tough on my family. It is over with, but do I want to go through another one of them ever? As a promoter or as a race fan — you don’t want to go through what I went through,” said a very candid Corcoran.
What Corcoran went through was a flurry of local and national media attention — media sources that sensationalized their stories, where factual information took a back seat to being the first to report ‘breaking news’ or the first to report the ‘juicy story’.
“The media people (outside the racing community) lied so bad,” said Corcoran. “I had 37 states in two days text my phone and email not even knowing what was going on and (the media) didn’t know what happened.”
Some how, some way, Corcoran found the motivation to return for the 2015 season and has certainly made a splash during the offseason. The Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series is once again a part of the schedule with an event planned for May 20. When Rolling Wheels Raceway then planned an event against his Super DIRTcar Series race, Corcoran didn’t back down and did not negotiate a date change.
As of this story being written, Corcoran hopes to move ahead with a possible second Super DIRTcar Series event on July 2 — assuming that DIRTcar officials end up removing the currently scheduled date from the fledgling Elbridge, N.Y. track that took PR hit after hit this past weekend at Motorsports Expo 2015.
CMP currently is touting the second leg of the SUNY Canton Central New York Speedweek for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints on that same July 2 card. The sprint car portion will be a full point show run by ESS, with points and incentives also being awarded to Patriot Sprint Tour teams that participate in the event. If the Super DIRTcar Series event that night is awarded to Canandaigua, fans will have the chance to buy one of the hottest tickets on dirt — Big Block Modifieds and Sprint Cars on the same card.
For the promoter, it’s a season of potential change. For the fans, it may just be the best season yet at CMP.
And soon enough, the future will be made clear.
Jeremie Corcoran sat down with Steven Ovens from Turn 5 Live to talk about conflicts with Rolling Wheels, the Kevin Ward Jr tragedy fallout and what the future holds for him at CMP: