WANT TO KNOW
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO
USA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
BECAUSE IT IS SO DIFFERENT
MULTITUDES EXPRESS THEIR FEELINGS, THOUGHTS, OPINIONS AND WANTED TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES IN THIS ARTICLE.
What happened at the USA International Raceway? Things seem different. The courteous and welcoming people are not here. The extraordinary and most delicious food we used to eat at previous races can’t be found. The whole atmosphere has totally changed to chaos, loneliness and despair. Even the track looks different and is not the same. The beauty and fun filled event to which we are accustomed has disappeared. We don’t feel the warm welcome that we always did in the past.
The history of the USA International Raceway is a long saga of racial discrimination and prejudice because one of the directors happens to be originally from India. This is unfortunately unacceptable in a small, primarily German town in Northern Wisconsin. By way of background, the Midwest Amusement Park was purchased in 2003 and was a small amateur family entertainment and hobby go-karting facility. In 2004 after doing much research, USAIR had Kenny Venberg design the multi-faceted racetrack for which they are world famous, and since that time they have made constant improvements making the facility what it is today. In fact, people would say every time they came back, there was something new to see. USAIR is responsible for putting Shawano, Wisconsin on the map, and bringing national and international people to the community.
The relationship of this facility with the local town, city and county officials in particular Shawano Mayor Lorna Marquardt, has been nothing but hostile from its birth. Beginning July 2005, at the grand opening, Shawano Mayor Lorna Marquardt was invited to be the guest of honor for the ribbon cutting ceremony. She never showed up and did not even have the courtesy to say she was not coming. Throughout the years there have been continuous hassles in dealing with officials, in particular Shawano Mayor Lorna Marquardt. For example USAIR is located 1.5 miles from downtown Shawano. Shawano Speedway is located right in the heart of downtown Shawano. Every Saturday night stock cars race at the ‘Nights of Thunder’, so loud they can be heard miles and miles away. On the other hand go-karts at USAIR, which can’t be heard until you are within the edge of the premise, created such a noise issue that Shawano Mayor Lorna Marquardt had to get on the radio urging people to express their concerns about the noise. She sent her officers with decibel meters to take decibel readings at the front of USAIR. By use of her power and influence, she diminished hours of operation because of the so called noise issue. During big events, parking along the road was strictly prohibited, and any violators were ticketed. When USAIR purchased the wayside across the road, parking there was even scrutinized and had to be so many feet from the road. In 2005, USAIR purchased a lot with the intended purpose of overflow parking. After the purchase, Shawano Mayor Lorna Marquardt and Shawano City officials measured the distance of the lot to USAIR, which was just over 750 feet. A city ordinance was then passed, limiting offsite parking to 750 feet or less. Endless citations were given for any racers parking on this lot or in front of USAIR, or on the wayside across the road. The purpose was to harass visitors so they don’t return.
The business interference was an everyday occurance. Shawano Mayor Lorna Marquardt began contacting USAIR lenders, urging them to find reasons to foreclose. Because of her discrimination, her intent was for USAIR not to own any property in the city of Shawano. In particular she wanted USAIR. She devised another scheme and that was to use a Canadian business man in the racing industry, by name of Robert Cameron, to defraud USAIR of $175,000 and with the ultimate goal of stealing the track. In October 2008, he came to USAIR under the guise of being a racing consultant, offered to increase the marketing of an arrive and drive program for the facility and to bring in millions of dollars in revenue. If he was hired as a promoter for the track he offered to lend $10,000,000 against the track, valued at $15,000,000. Legal documents were drawn up, both for the consulting agreement and for the loan. The agreement was for USAIR to pay a $175,000 retainer towards the consulting agreement and upon receipt of this Cameron would fund the $10,000,000 loan. USAIR paid the $175,000 and never received the loan or any service. Thereafter he informed them he had been working in conspiracy with Shawano Mayor Lorna Marquardt, Shawano City officials and others, all who had been meeting bimonthly to strategize on their demise, to steal $175,000 from them, and hopefully to someway forge documents releasing title to the USA International Raceway. Upon Shawano Mayor Lorna Marquardt’s and Shawano City officials’ knowledge of the information leak they immediately concocted a hit list story in which, parent company, SIST was accused of hiring Robert Cameron by paying the $175,000 to kill sixty people in the City of Shawano. It was called “Red Rum”. They got a hold of the media through, television, radio, print and internet, one in particular being Channel 7, Mikel Lauber, which is part of Lorna Marquardt’s Lutheran Church. The purpose of this was to slander, defame and plummet business through a media smear campaign to cover up their illegal activities.
Although USAIR was badly hurt, the track was still in USAIR’s possession and Shawano Mayor Lorna Marquardt’s wishes were not completely fulfilled. She next contacted the lender urging him strongly to foreclose. Even though USAIR was current on their payments the lender responded by demanding extra collateral and some extra documents. He came to Shawano under the guise of looking at the track and picked out the most valuable properties and demanded SIST to surrender them as collateral. SIST’s CEO was cautious from past similar dealings and refused to give either the collateral or the extra documents. He responded by foreclosing using a technical default as the excuse. Having been persuaded by Shawano Mayor Lorna Marquardt to terminate the business relationship between them and SIST, SIST had no choice but to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March of 2009. In April 2009, initiated by Shawano Mayor Lorna Marquardt, Shawano City officials, the Shawano Leader, and other local media there was another smear campaign regarding SIST’s bankruptcy and linking it to the hit list. On one or more of these programs the lender stated via telephone interview that his goal was to, “…own the track”. On May 25th, 2010, after innumerous correspondence between Shawano Mayor Lorna Marquardt, Shawano City officials and U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judges in Delaware, the bankruptcy was dismissed. Upon this announcement Shawano Mayor Lorna Marquardt publicly exclaimed that she was glad, and that things were heading in the right direction. On June 3rd, 2010, a secret meeting was held in Shawano discussing how to go about taking over USAIR. On June 4th, 2010, a local attorney, Steve Krueger, who has been known for expressing his prejudicial and racial feelings openly, showed up at USAIR with numerous armed Shawano County Sheriff Deputies and Shawano City Police, although the property is located in the Town of Wescott not the City of Shawano, and seized all property and ordered all personnel off the property under threat of arrest. This was all done illegally.
In the homemade court of Shawano County, there is no justice. Steve Krueger writes orders and meets Judge J. R. Habeck in the coffee shop to sign them. In this way, they have managed to steal millions of dollars of personal property from USAIR. Most recently USAIR was told they had a so called seizure order for arrive and drive go-karts and arrive and drive supermoto bikes. There was no record of any order on file, but they came with the threat of breaking into any and all buildings to obtain the property that USAIR had been making payments on for so long. Unfortunately they had no choice but to comply with the homemade order because they had no justice or protection.
As the SKUSA event neared, the event that managers of USAIR worked so hard to bring here, the City of Shawano, which had stood aloof all these years suddenly feigned loyalty. The famous Shawano County No Parking signs which had been put up in 2006 were taken down by the Shawano County Highway Department after Shawano Mayor Lorna Marquardt’s receiver took over. It was found out that there never was an ordinance to put the signs up to begin with. USAIR’s bartender’s liquor license was just given to the receiver, Steve Krueger, who has no bartending experience. Suddenly caterers and sponsors appeared out of the woodwork. The Shawano Leader, which has never covered a single National or International USAIR event all these years, printed multiple stories. Racers have even been told that the Kiryat and AmericInn hotels (SIST subsidiaries) are out of business. The USAIR website has become a shopper’s page for the City of Shawano, removing Kiryat’s, 100% Pure Black Angus Restaurant from the list. USAIR has not found any justice in the Shawano Municipal Court, Shawano County Court, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, or the Wisconsin Appellate Court. Finally, the conclusion is that Shawano has turned out to be Nazi Germany under the rule of Shawano Mayor Lorna Marquardt, and people have no alternative for justice.