Wednesday, October 2nd will certainly be an action packed day at Monticello Raceway. Besides two Billings Series trots and two divisions of the German American Friendship Races, the Munich Mile, the sixth leg of the Heritage Drivers Series featuring drivers of German descent, will make for a very interesting afternoon.
We knew that a contingent of German drivers would be visiting here on October 2nd so we rescheduled our Munich Mile for that date and now we have four native Germans in the event,” noted Eric Warner the tracks director of racing.
Warner is referring to Peter Platzer, Christoph Pellander, Martina Bredlau and Andreas Schwartz who are part of a contingent in America as guests of the North American Amateur Drivers Association.
“Since they will be racing against four NAADA members on Tuesday we thought by having them drive in our Munich Mile on that day would make it all the more interesting,” Warner added.
Joining the aforementioned German natives in the Munich Mile are Greg Merton, Chuck Poynton, Bruce Aldrich, Jr. and Mike Merton. That event will go as race nine on the 13-race program.
The winner of that race will become eligible for the series finale—the All-America Cup—in mid-November and join the previous Heritage Drivers Series leg winners.
The 11th and 12th races on the card will be trots for the members of the C.K.G. Billings Driving Series. Among the drivers in those events are former Amateur Drivers of the Year, Bobby Krivelin and Alan Schwartz, along with the new Billings president Tony Verruso and the longtime former president, Peter Gerry.
At the completion of those contests it will mark the fourth time that the Billings has made a stop at the Mighty M this year.
And the main reason the visiting Germans are in the USA is to compete against their counterparts in the North American Amateur Drivers Association. Driving in the Munich Mile was a late added attraction for them.
The German American Friendship races will be a trot in race sixth race and a pace in race in race seven. In the first event the Americans will go with Alan Schwartz, Peter Gerry, Gerry Fielding and Bobby Krivelin. Driving for the USA in race seven are Schwartz, Fielding, Gerry and George Bonomo.
After the race, as is custom in international amateur racing, the participants will get together at a local restaurant and ‘break bread’.
On Thursday the German-American Friendship races will take place at Yonkers Raceway where the visiting Germans will drive against a different slate of NAADA members. Then on Friday, (Oct. 4)the Friendship races will be at Vernon Downs with yet another group of NAADA drivers competing for the USA.
by John Manzi for Monticello Raceway