New Race Date For Hoosier Hundred

INDIANAPOLIS – Crowds are expected to climb in 2013 for one of America’s most prestigious dirt-track motorsports events – the Hoosier Hundred, scheduled for May 23.

Race organizer Bob Sargent, who also organizes Traxxas USAC Silver Crown races at Terre Haute, Ind. plus Springfield and DuQuoin, Ill., is making the major change for the 100-mile race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The change from the previous Friday schedule should allow more race fans to attend the race, minimizing conflicts with May-time activities surrounding the Indianapolis 500, which include numerous Midwestern Sprint car events.

One conflict which will be avoided is the traditional Friday “carburetion day” activity at IMS, which also involves the Freedom 100 for the Indy Lights.

“We’ve thought about this for several years,” said Sargent. “The schedule now dictates that a Thursday night Hoosier Hundred will best serve the participants and race fans and we look forward to augmenting the tradition of this spectacular event.”

The Hoosier Hundred dates back to 1953 and began in September. It moved to May and has been a Friday fixture for many years. This year it’s part of the 11-race Traxxas Silver Crown Championship Series which starts in May and ends in September.

“The 2013 Traxxas Silver Crown Series will include a number of new innovations and events,” adds series director James Spink. “The move to the Thursday slot for the Hoosier Hundred make perfect sense and we welcome it as we continue the great tradition this series has built. The Hoosier Hundred has a rich history and its place in the week prior to the Indianapolis 500 gives it the chance to attract an international audience.”

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  1. Bruce Bennett says:

    What a really, really dumb idea this is. No wonder the Siver Crown series is struggling. Many fans coming in for race weekend arrive on Friday, not Thursday. And Carb Day activities at the Speedway are normally done by 3 pm, except for the concert, so the Friday night time slot was perfect for the Hoosier 100. I don’t get it.


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