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PBIR Rookie Challenge

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted February 10, 2010 at 1:51 pm Indy Lights, U.S. F2000 National Championship

Last week I wrote a brief post on the upcoming Palm Beach International Raceway Rookie Challenge:

Team PBIR recently announced that they will aim to fill two seats for 2010 through their  “Rookie Challenge Program”.  This is a really exciting opportunity for any up-and-coming driver.  It’s great to see Kane Williams, Ron Dixon and all the PBIR staff working together (along with numerous key sponsors) to make this program a reality.

Earlier this week, I spoke to Kane Williams—who is heading-up this year’s competition— and he stated that the momentum is really building and they have a lot of interested drivers set to take part.  At this time, they are working on simply preparing the cars so every driver will have an equal opportunity to stand-out during the evaluation.  It looks like a solid opportunity and it will be real interesting to see which drivers take part in the inaugural challenge.

I will post additional updates and lineup notes as I receive them.



  1. C Hemingway on March 31, 2010 10:30 pm

    As a follow-up to the article written regarding the PBIR Rookie Challenge scheduled to take place in March. I believe it’s important that you and your readers know the truth about what actually occured. Drivers paid PBIR (Ron Dixon and Kane Williams) a $7,500 entry fee in good faith to participate in this event. Per Kane Williams, there was a total of 25 drivers. These drivers were given the guarantee that the entry fee would be 100% refunded in the event that the Rookie Challenge did not take place. On March 5th drivers were contacted by Ron Dixon and informed that the event had been cancelled. They were also informed by Ron Dixon that Dixon-Williams Racing (DBA – PBIR) would promptly refund the entry fee, in full, within 5 days. The monies were not refunded as promised. For 2 weeks following, Ron Dixon continued to inform these drivers that “the check was in the mail.” Shortly after, Dixon-Williams Racing stopped returning phone calls and e-mails from these drivers. On March 25th the drivers received an unsigned “Promissory Note” via e-mail from Ron Dixon. Failed attempts to contact Ron Dixon regarding the validity of this “Note” has been frutal for many of these drivers. Drivers and sponsors please beware when doing business with this team.

  2. Ryan on April 1, 2010 4:22 pm

    C Hemingway- Thanks for the info. I will look into this. I’m hopeful that there is just a simple misunderstanding behind this. It seems very unlikely that a refund wouldn’t be granted if it were, in fact, promised. From a business standpoint, there is just too much at stake for them not to make things right.

    I sent an email to Kane Williams this morning and am currently awaiting a response.

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