OSWEGO, NY (January 16, 2017) – A winner of 26 Novelis Supermodified main events at Oswego Speedway, including the 1976 International Classic and the 1985 track championship, Steve Gioia Jr. will step in as the Chief Technical Advisor at the Steel Palace in 2017.
Working with the current Speedway technical team, Gioia will be called upon to interpret and enforce the current 2016-2017 Oswego Speedway Rulebook along with any amendments sent to teams over the off-season.
A former co-owner of the Speedway from 2004-2010, Gioia is looking forward to once again being involved in his home track.
“The Speedway has been a part of our family for so many years,” said Gioia. “I am glad to be a part of it again and look forward to working with all involved to put our best foot forward in 2017.”
Oswego Speedway Race Director Chuck Handley, who will oversee all competition matters at the Speedway this season, says Gioia will be a great asset.
“We have faith in Steve to keep the best interest of our rules and teams in mind,” said Handley. “Steve and I have always worked well together in the past and I see that continuing in the future. We feel as though we have a progressive plan in place for the future under the ownership of the Torrese family and we’re looking forward to May.”
Part of that plan and structure will be the continued inclusion of Assistant Race Director Craig Tyrrell, who will again work alongside Handley in regards to competition.
Gioia will assume the role of Chief Technical Advisor immediately, fielding any questions or concerns in regards to the 2017 Speedway regulations.
About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway, a sports entertainment company, is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. Oswego Speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August, 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at Oswego Speedway making Oswego the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds accompany the full blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles as the “Indy of the East,” as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Mario Andretti, arguably the greatest driver of all time, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, along with former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.