Sealed Engine Alliance Leaders (S.E.A.L.) announced today, that they will re-open the application window for crate engine re-builders that want to be on the approved crate engine rebuilders list. January 23, 2015 will be the cut-off date for the applications to be received.
The program that was announced three years ago went into full swing in 2014, with the new seals from approved builders being required. Since its inception, only a small number of approved builders have not purchased seals. With their impending removal from the Approved Builders List, SEAL officials are opening up this small window to review and possibly approve new applicants.
Engine builders that are currently approved AND have purchased seals DO NOT need to re-apply. The new additions to list of re-builders will be notified in early February. The Rebuilders Application can now be found at Speed51.com, 5flagsspeedway.com or craracing.net.
Key officials representing major organizations involved with Pavement Crate Late Model Racing are utilizing S.E.A.L. (Sealed Engine Alliance Leaders) to oversee, organize and implement a certified and approved re-builders list for pavement racers using crate engines for much of the country.
S.E.A.L. was an organization set up in 2008 to oversee the sealed engines used in Super Late Model racing, which has led to consistency and substantial cost savings for the racers. Racing officials from North and South made up the organization initially, and a similar group has moved forward with the effort to unify and nationally recognize a group of certified re-builders for pavement crate late model racing.
S.E.A.L also oversees the sale and distribution of the approved seals, manage the database built with the information from the sealing process, and assist in providing information for technical inspectors nationally. Currently, most organizations involved in this type of racing are using engine packages commonly referred to as the GM 604, the Ford Blue Oval, and the McGunegill MEP 425.
The initial group to oversee this program for S.E.A.L. includes R. J. Scott (founder and co-owner of CRA), Eddie Chew (Chief Technical Inspector for CRA), Ricky Brooks (Chief Technical Inspector for the Snowball Derby, SpeedWeeks and numerous other national events), Tim Bryant (Promoter and Co-owner of 5 Flags Speedway and the Snowball Derby), and Mike “Lumpy” Lemke (Chief Technical Inspector of ARCA Midwest Tour). Lemke’s role in the group will be to serve as the independent, non affiliated participant, as the ARCA Midwest Tour does not utilize crate engines in most of their racing.
An important aspect of this program is the understanding that many other organizations have expressed interest in using this list of builders for their own organizations and tracks. Building a NATIONAL program is paramount to the success for the tracks and the racers.
The group has stipulated that the revenues generated by this sealing program will be used for the EXCLUSIVE purposes of administering the program, for research and development and the traveling to do so, post event testing, and to generate tech training information with additional training for tech personnel. Most importantly, organizers want to point out that NO PROFIT from this program will be taken by any of the organizers.
S.E.A.L. Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com