Harris looking forward to new challenge in USA

Tom Harris is looking forward to USA challenge
Tom Harris is looking forward to USA challenge

F1 stock car champion Tom Harris heads to the USA this month to take part in his first Midget Sprint Car Catergory.

It follows a successful test in an 860bhp Sprint Car for Harris.

Harris, from Winderton near Shipston-on-Stour, has agreed a deal to drive a front-running Bob East car in the 2015 Chilli Bowl, January 13-17.

The five day event, described as the ‘Super Bowl of Midget racing’ sees competitors from across the US, Australia and New Zealand compete on a quarter mile indoor clay track inside the 39,000m² Tulsa Expo Centre.

Harris is believed to be the first British driver in generations, possibly since Stirling Moss’ father, Alf, to race in the US category for open-wheeled dirt oval race cars that counts Mario Andretti and NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart amongst its previous participants.

The 25-year-old said: “I cannot wait to get over and get stuck in with a new challenge. It’s always been my ambition to race in the US and progress my career, ultimately to World of Outlaws Sprint Cars.

“We had a great first test with Sprint Car legend Smiley Sitton and left him impressed. We were on the pace, so much so they even put fresh tyres on!

“The next step now is to get racing and finally show the US that drivers over here are just as good.”

Harris, both a constructor and driver of world championship winning F1 stock cars believes that as Midgets are closer in specification to the BriSCA cars in Europe he usually drives, they will offer the best chance to make an impression in the US.

He added: “We have been able to source a Beast car from Chilli Bowl winning constructor Bob East and it will have a fresh engine fitted for the meeting.

“We know it’s hard to break into US racing, but we showed them in the test I was bang on the pace. I have won nearly every oval F1 stock car title in the UK and Europe and we have to take this opportunity.

“The Chilli Bowl has a great atmosphere with partisan fans all cheering their favourites inside this massive and unique indoor venue.”