Patrick "Cowboy" Hamel avec son chapeau de cowboy au volant de sa rutilante #51.
Patrick "Cowboy" Hamel with his familiar cobowy hat behind the wheel of his great looking #51.

Selon Sylvain Brouillette, Directeur Général du Circuit Ste-Croix Riverside Speedway, le pilote ACT Castrol Patrick Hamel serait gravement blessé.

According to Sylvain Brouillette, General Manager of Circuit Ste-Croix Riverside Speedway, the ACT Castrol driver Patrick Hamel was severely injured.

Dès suite d’un accident de motoneige, sa vie ne serait pas en danger. Il sera à l’hôpital pour les 3 prochaines semaines et par la suite il aura une réhabilitation de 3 à 6 mois.

Avec seulement 2 mois avant le début des courses de stock car, il est facile de croire qu’il ne sera probablement pas en piste en 2010. Hamel la recrue 2008 du circuit québécois avait fait tourner les têtes dans la deuxième moitié de la saison de 2009 en affichant de solides performances termiant 2, 4, 9, 3 et 9e.

Nous lui souhaitons un prompt rétablissement et sans séquelles

Critically injured riding a snowmobile, but his life is not at risk. He will be in the hospital for the next 3 weeks and will undergo rehab for a period of 3 to 6 months.

With only 2 months before the start of racing in the area, its easy to conclude he will most likely not be racing in 2010. Hamel the 2008 rookie on the Quebec circuit turned heads in the later stages of the 2009 season showcasing solid performances finishing 2, 4, 9, 3 and 9.

We wish him a prompt and safe recovery.

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Veteran Bob Savoie plans Albany Saratoga, Airborne return

For Immediate Release                                                                  AS-022510-1

South Plattsburgh, NY ? Veteran Bob Savoie of Broadalbin, NY, a multi-time track champion at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Airborne Speedway, Utica-Rome and Devil’s Bowl, is preparing a DIRTcar Modified for competition at various Airborne events and on the new asphalt at Albany-Saratoga. In 1985, Savoie won Airborne’s season opener ? on dirt - and then went on to become the Modified track champion.



“I’m still active and I still have the desire to win,” Savoie said. “I think it’s a good idea for the Champlain Valley Racing Association (CVRA) tracks to switch over to asphalt. We’re doing a family deal with our own car. My son Jason and my son-in-law Steve are going to help me out. I’m 55. I’m tired of washing mud off my race car.”

“I know that the new surface made the racing really good at Airborne last year,” Savoie added. I’ve raced a lot of laps alongside Mike Perrotte over the years. I’ve respected him for a long time. He’s a good 21st century promoter. He knows costs have to be kept under control, but he also understands things from the racer’s side.”

Savoie began his Modified career in 1978 at Albany-Saratoga and a year later won the Utica-Rome track title. He estimates his career win total to be “around 198 or 199. »

« In 1985, I had a good year at Airborne racing against Mike, Don Scarborough, Leon Gonyo, Wes Moody and Frank Keene,” Savoie said. “I remember Airborne as the place where they made their own french fries and had sacks of potatoes around. They used to throw potatoes at the car when we started winning too much. Perhaps we?ll make their opener, I?m not sure. »

Airborne’s 57th season opens Saturday, May 1 with the Econo Lodge 50 Syracuse qualifier for DIRTcar Modifieds. All weekly divisions will be in action.


Contact: Tom Herzig


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