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Watsonville, CA – After two rainouts to begin the season, clearer skies and mild temperatures are thankfully forecasted for this week. As well as 4 other divisions, the fan-favorite “Police in Pursuit” will make their first of six appearances in 2017 this Friday. Last year, approximately 15 teams raised over $40,000 for Special Olympics. Nearly 20 teams from agencies across the region are expected to compete this season. Agencies such as the Watsonville PD, Scotts Valley PD, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, Highway Patrol, and the Task Force, among others, are expected to return, with new teams from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and the Sand City PD joining the fray in 2017. Scotts Valley PD’s John Hohmann, who spearheaded the event several seasons ago, was last year’s champion in the division. He will have some stiff competition this year from the CHP’s Jesse Mueller and Capitola PD’s Cliff Sloma, among a host of others.
The IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, American Stocks, and the South Bay Dwarf Cars join the night’s program. Pits open at 2pm and Grandstands open at 4:30pm. Pit passes are $45 for non-members and $40 for track and IMCA members. 2017 memberships will be for sale at the pit gate. All seating is general admission and tickets cost $15 for adults and $14 for seniors. New for 2017, Juniors 12-15 are $12, Kids 6-11 are $6, and Kids 5 and under are free.
Morgan Hill’s Jim DiGiovanni was last year’s IMCA SportMod champion.
Photo Credits to David Spencer