(SEPTEMBER 16, 2005, PERRIS, CA)  When Temecula Valley Pipe & Supply presents the Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Cars at Perris Auto Speedway on Saturday night, west coast open wheel legends Wally Pankratz and defending USAC/CRA champion and current point leader Rip Williams will be teammates on the famous John Jory Corporation team. 

Pankratz will drive a black #3X that normally serves as a back up car for Williams.  The Orange, California veteran, who turned 60 at the end of August, won the 2000 USAC Western States Midget Championship.  The 2005 season has been Pankratz’ farewell tour and he will retire after the running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at the Irwindale Speedway on Thanksgiving Night.

“Wally Pankratz is a good friend of mine,” Williams said by telephone on Friday afternoon.  “We just got the car finished for him to race with us on Saturday.  I am looking forward to it.” 

It was undetermined at press time if Pankratz will make another appearance in the car before the end of the 2005 season.

The management at Perris Auto Speedway is ecstatic that the legendary driver will be gracing the Riverside County clay oval one more time on Saturday night and hopefully one or two more times before he hangs up his helmet in November.


Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the freeway close Lake Perris Fairgrounds, home of the Southern California Fair, approximately one hour east of Los Angeles. Take the 215 Freeway, exit at the Ramona Expressway and go east two and a half miles to the fairgrounds.

For more information on any event at Perris Auto Speedway, please call (951) 940-0134.




  1. Rip Williams – Yorba Linda, CA – 1,448
  2. Damion Gardner – Concord, CA – 1,437
  3. Mike Kirby – Torrance, CA – 1,329
  4. Cory Kruseman – Ventura, CA  – 1,328
  5. Charles Davis Jr. – Buckeye, AZ – 1,103
  6. Rickie Gaunt – Torrance, CA – 1,018
  7. Mike Spencer – Temecula, CA – 921
  8. Josh Ford – Camarillo, CA – 840
  9. Tony Jones – Norco, CA – 743
  10.  Seth Wilson – San Clemente, CA – 727
  11.  Steve Ostling – Corona, CA – 723
  12.  Danny Sheridan – Santa Maria, CA – 701
  13.  Alan Ballard – Bakersfield, CA  – 667
  14.  R.J. Johnson – Phoenix, AZ  – 590
  15.  Jordan Hermansador – Long Beach, CA – 565
  16.  Bobby Cody – Costa Mesa, CA  - 415
  17.  David Cardey - Riverside, CA – 409
  18.  Jimmy Crawford – Ventura, CA – 405
  19.  Danny Ebberts – Canyon Lake, CA – 362
  20.  Bobby Graham – Riverside, CA - 339