New Car Has Rudolph Ready For Indoor Season

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Erick Rudolph will campaign a new Lafler chassis as he chases his fourth Indoor Auto Racing Series title. (Tiffany Payne photo)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Erick Rudolph’s standard-setting winning ways on the Indoor Auto Racing Series fueled by VP Racing are a matter of fact.

The Ransomville, N.Y., native is an eight-time A-Main winner and three-time Indoor Racing Series champion, while he was a close second to Ryan Flores in last year’s title chase after winning the series finale in Atlantic City, N.J.

Heading into the 2018 Indoor Auto Racing Series events, Rudolph will be coming off his best outdoor season on dirt to-date, after scoring 17 wins and the BRP big-block Modified Tour championship.

But there’s more.

Rudolph, who has won all of his indoor races and titles driving cars designed and built by Ransomville neighbor Mark Lafler, will be charging through the field in an all-new chassis this season.

His on-track TQ Midget indoor heroics are legendary, and he’ll be looking to add to those numbers this winter.

“It’s not easy driving these things,” Rudolph said after winning his most recent Indoor Auto Racing Series championship in 2016.

He makes it look that way, however, with a smooth driving style that always finds him near the front at the end.

The 2018 Indoor Auto Racing Series opens at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., with an Ironton Telephone-sponsored event weekend on Jan. 5-6. Each night offers a complete show for the headline TQ Midgets.

The NAPA Auto Parts Indoor Auto Racing Weekend follows in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Jan. 26-27, and the winter season will wrap with the inaugural Indoor Series race event in New York State, set for Feb. 9-10 at the Times Union Center in downtown Albany, N.Y.

Though many would consider Rudolph to be a favorite, as many as 60 competitors have decidedly different ideas.

Two Connecticut champion drivers in Keith Rocco and Ryan Preece will both be in this year’s field. Rocco has entered for the first time in a car formerly driven by Preece, while Preece will pilot the car formerly driven by the late Ted Christopher.

New Jersey native Ryan Flores will be racing the same No. 15 Lafler he drove to two wins and the championship last year.

Also expected to be a contender for victories and the championship is Jimmy Blewett of Howell, N.J., who was recently crowned the Wall Stadium modified division champion for 2017.

CREDIT: Len Sammons Motorsports Promotions

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