The North American Amateur Drivers Association will host the 2008 World Cup of Amateur Racing and although the events are still a long way off, NAADA president Joe Faraldo is beginning to plan an itinerary for the countries that will participate.
\"We (NAADA) last hosted the World Cup of Amateur Racing in 1988 and it was a huge success because of the high quality of the competitors,” Faraldo said. “Some of the competing amateurs had as many as 2,000 European wins.”
Faraldo already has commitments from Balmoral Park and Maywood Park to host competitions and he is seeking, though not limiting, participation from Yonkers Raceway, Monticello Raceway, Freehold Raceway and the Meadowlands--racetracks that hosted legs during the 1988 World Cup.
According to Faraldo up to 16 countries will participate, including Australia and New Zealand, and all amateurs will compete in six drives.
The world championships are run under the auspices of the Federation Europeenne des Gentleman Amateurs et Cavaliers du Trot, or F.E.G.A.T. for short, and at least 50 percent of the World Cup races in the United States next year must be conducted on the trot .
Drivers in the World Cup races will be drawn to their horses by lot and no horse shall be assigned a driver.
\"Wehave the cooperation of the United States Trotting Association (USTA) and all drivers in the World Cup will be of \'A\' license caliber, “ Faraldo added. (NAADA)