INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 6, 2018 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum thanks the current owner and looks to a future relationship with the winner of one of the most anticipated auto auctions of the year: the sale of the 100thIndianapolis 500-Mile Race-winning Dallara IndyCar. Mecum Auctions is scheduled to sell the No. 98 NAPA-sponsored Indy car…
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IMS Museum Thanks 2016 Indy 500-Winning Car Owner for Loan; Looks to Future Opportunities Pending Aug. 25 Mecum Auction
[TSO Patrick NOTE: I am of course biased…but…well…DUH…as if it were even close!!! 🙂 ] INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 – The readers of America’s most widely circulated newspaper have spoken: The Indianapolis 500 is the greatest auto race in the world. The Indianapolis 500 was named the Best Motorsports Race in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’…
IMS To Build Dirt Track, Host Lucrative USAC Midget Event during Brickyard Race Week
Driven2SaveLives BC39 Scheduled for Sept. 5-6 at The Dirt Track at IMS
INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, June 26, 2018 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will add to its luster as the Racing Capital of the World with the construction of a quarter-mile dirt track inside its famous oval, hosting a United States Auto Club Midget National Championship event during Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line race week in early September.
Race week for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line will feature an even wider variety of thrilling action with the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship competing in a two-night spectacular event, the Driven2SaveLives BC39, on Wednesday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 6. The event honors late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increases awareness of Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.
The Driven2SaveLives BC39 will include a unique format ending with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner’s purse – the largest in Midget racing.
Dirt and asphalt racers from around the country have expressed interest in the event, with a large and diverse field – including NASCAR Cup Series drivers – expected to compete.
“This is an exciting new chapter of the longtime relationship between USAC and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and reinforces the connection between short-track racing and this facility,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The Speedway truly is The Greatest Race Course in the World, and adding a dirt track will create even more opportunities for fans to enjoy the magic of IMS. We can’t wait to see some of the best drivers and teams in America compete here during Brickyard race week.”
Construction of The Dirt Track at IMS, located inside Turn 3 of the oval, started last week with the first loads of Indiana clay arriving for grading. Concrete walls and safety fencing will be constructed during the summer, and portable lights will illuminate the track.
Reece O’Connor of Kokomo (Indiana) Speedway is overseeing the track design and layout and supervising the construction. Allegiant International, a multinational advisory and consultancy firm based in Indianapolis, is facilitating the project.
The United States Auto Club and IMS were synonymous for many years after the sanctioning body was formed in 1956 by IMS owner Tony Hulman. USAC was the sanctioning body for the Indianapolis 500 from 1956 through 1997.
“Over the years, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has played such a critical part not only in the formation but also the successful growth of the United States Auto Club,” USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller said. “Our roots originated at IMS, and our passion continues to reside here. To have USAC return to hosting a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a historic and exciting new chapter for our Midget series. We are beyond thrilled for both our competitors and fans to add this race to our 2018 calendar.”
Ticket prices will range from $35-50 and go on sale in mid-July. Camping also will be available. Visit www.ims.com/bc39 for more information about this event and to learn when tickets become available.
Indiana Donor Network, which oversees and coordinates organ, tissue and eye donation across the state, launched Driven2SaveLives in April 2016 with Verizon IndyCar Series driver Stefan Wilson to promote donation and transplantation awareness around the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. At the time, the campaign honored Stefan’s late brother, IndyCar race winner Justin Wilson, who died in August 2015 from injuries he sustained in a race crash and saved five lives as an organ donor.
Three-time USAC Midget and two-time USAC Sprint Car national champion Clauson, a versatile and beloved driver, died in August 2016 following a race accident. As a registered donor, he went on to save five lives as an organ donor and continues to heal the lives of countless others as a tissue donor. In January 2017, Indiana Donor Network partnered with Clauson-Marshall Racing and expanded Driven2SaveLives into dirt track racing in honor of Clauson.
The Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America. A list of participating museums nationwide is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
Said NEA Chairman Jane Chu: “Visiting a museum is a great way to get to know a community-whether it’s in your hometown or a stop on a road trip. We appreciate the enthusiasm of museums all across the country who open their doors for military and their families to spend time together and have new arts experiences.”
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – Longtime Indianapolis Motor Speedway and INDYCAR Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Henry Bock, a pioneer in motorsports safety and medical treatment, died May 26 in Indianapolis. He was 81. Bock, an emergency medicine specialist at IU Health Methodist Hospital and Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, served…
INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, May 26, 2018 – Musician, actor, producer, host and entrepreneur Nick Cannon will take a high-speed thrill ride with racing legend Mario Andretti in Honda’s Fastest Seat in Sports to kick off the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27. A presence in the entertainment industry from a young age,…
INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 25, 2018 – There are three important facts to remember for every fan attending the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – plan ahead, arrive early and hydrate. One of the largest crowds in decades is expected for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the largest…
Dynamic 103rd Indy 500 Logo Is Debut of New System To Create Consistent Branding INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 25, 2018 – The logo for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 includes bold, dynamic features that will form the core of future logos for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” as part of a new system. The hallmark of the new logo…
Note: This version updates parking information. Please disregard prior version. INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 24, 2018 – Information about Miller Lite Carb Day on Friday, May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. SCHEDULE (All times local): 7 a.m.-6 p.m.: Ticket and Credential Office Open 8 a.m.: Public Gates Open 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: IMS Midway Open 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Historic…