By MIKE MALLETT
It became official just a few weeks ago that Jeremie Corcoran was done as the promoter of the Canandaigua Motorsports Park as Paul Cole has assumed the reigns for 2018. Although his time at the track as a promoter has ended, the Brewerton, N.Y., resident is ready for new adventures as he continues to work within the motorsports industry.
Even without the race track, he’ll have a full plate during the winter months before going racing in the summer.
“We are doing to the trade show on November 17th and 18th,” stated Corcoran. “I’m probably going to get into building the bodies again. I used to do bodies for Modifieds and Sportsman. I’ll get back into that and then in March we have the snow cross on Friday and Saturday. Then, at the end of March, we’ll have the stadium cross. That went really well last year. That is pretty much it. Other than that, during the summer, I’m going to go racing with my kid a couple nights a week. I’m going to have some fun with my family.”
It will be the first time in several years that Corcoran won’t be working at a weekly track. He worked throughout the northeast in the past at Brewerton and Fulton Speedways before spending some up north working the clay at the Mohawk Intentional Speedway before taking control of Canandaigua. He admits he’ll miss some of it, but not all of it.
“In some ways yes,” mentioned Corcoran. “I did a little speal at intermission last week and the biggest thing I’m going to miss is interacting with the fans. Throwing potato chips and t-shirt. The kids and adults loved that. It was something unique that I’d do, but at times it’s a thankless job. You have a great night then another you have a problem with something and you are the biggest jerk. I’m going to miss it, but at times it wasn’t fun.”
As stated, Corcoran isn’t done in the industry as he has big plans for his first year at the helm of the Northeast Racing Products Auction, Trade Show and Swap Meet. He’s spent the past several months working hard to build the show at the New York State Fairgrounds.
“We are hoping to make this a Northeast PRI,” said Corcoran. “We are doing our best to diversify the show. PRI has everything. Syracuse has great racing. We have dirt tracks, asphalt tracks, drag strips and things like that. We want the show to be more diversified. All of the vendors that I talked to had no objections to that. They want as many people there as possible.”
Corcoran is doing all he can to increase attendance at the show as he’s offering free admission to drivers. He knows having the drivers there will drive the show and allow the vendors to see value in having a booth.
“We have free driver registration forms for any kind of racing,” stated Corcoran. “Whether it’s a go-kart, a lawn mower, drag racing, as long as they fill out the form on the website and we can see it’s legit they’ll get a free admission. The vendors like that because we need the racers there. This show is for the drivers, owners, crews and for guys that are thinking about getting cars. It’s geared toward them.”
Like the previous show, Corcoran again plans to have an auction, but it will be expanded. He’ll have the traditional auction items while opening it up to teams to auction of parts as well.
“We have the auction as well,” cited Corcoran. “We’ll have a complete Bicknell. We’ll have a frame and body for Teo and Troyer. We’ll have a frame, body and some chassis parts for the Bernheisel Late Model. We are going to open the auction to guys that have complete cars they want to sell, nothing they drug out of the weeds or anything. We’ll also auction off rear-ends, transmissions and things like that. We’ll have the flea market in the back as well. Guys can buy stuff there and then go out on the floor and get new stuff as well.”
Corcoran indicated that he’s hoping to have seminars as well. Anyone interested in hosting a seminar can contact him through the shows website at http://northeastracingproducts.com/.
There is no doubt Corcoran will be busy in the coming months as he puts the final plans together for the show before turning his attendance to the events in March.