New Paris still waiting for green light on reality TV show
Posted: 06/29/2013 at 1:15 am
By: Ken Fox
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Mike Wortinger holds a checkered flag after placing first in his heat at the New Paris Speedway. (Photo Supplied)
New Paris Speedway flagman Mike Powers keeps an eye on practice in this September 1999 file photograph. ¬ (Truth Photo by (J. Tyler Klassen)
In this September 1999 file photograph Rick Winrotte, Goshen, attempts to quality his race car at New Paris Speedway.
Chuck Ardezzone, ITZ Media Group producer, said he is continuing to speak to network executives about purchasing the show and getting on a network schedule.
“The idea and the program are very much alive, Ardezzone said. “We are very happy with the shots we got when we filmed in New Paris and out goal is to get a show on the air. If we can get enough interest in the show, we’ll be back for sure.’’
In January, IZT Media, a Naples, Fla.-based group, came to New Paris for the speedway’s 2012 season-ending awards banquet. The IZT group was also at the track early this race season to gather more footage.
Sabrina Rife, the marketing representative at NPS, said the wait to find out if the show will get picked up has been tough.
“Waiting for answers has been a long process, but we are told this is normal since it’s on a national level and not a local level,’’ Rife said. “I am in contact with Chuck every week and he’s done a great job of keeping us updated with where things stand.’’
According to Ardezzone, the show would be based more on people, rather than racing.
“There are some really dynamite characters at New Paris and that would be the heart-and-soul of the show,’’ Ardezzone said. “Of course there will be racing on the show, but it’s the drivers and track workers and fans that really tell the story.’’
Among those that were interviewed for the story was track promoter-driver Donny Klotz, who Ardezzone says was one of the favorite characters.
So for now, all Rife and NPS can do is wait and hope an executive somewhere likes the idea of a show.
“We are hoping the show is a go for so many reasons,’’ Rife said. “One is to bring people in from all over and help local business as a whole, but also to put New Paris on the map and bring back fun and excitement to short track racing. It’s amazing how much passion the drivers and fans have for this sport.’’