USAC .25 Midgets Visit The Brickyard
INDIANAPOLIS – Racing on the grounds of the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a goal for any driver who straps into a race car, no matter how old they are or what form of racing they compete in.
A select few are afforded the opportunity to achieve this during their career. For USAC Honda .25 Midget drivers, the chance to race at the hallowed grounds at IMS has become a reality, thanks to the annual Battle at the Brickyard.
The event, in its sixth year, plays hosts to over 100 cars from coast-to-coast. The .25 Midget Series features youth ages 5-15 years old driving Quarter Midget race cars, which are 1/4 scale that of a full-sized midget. Young racers (ages 5-15) are expected to attend from: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania Tennessee and Texas.
Beginning tonight, close to 80 trailers will lineup in the parking lot of the Verizon IndyCar Series headquarters, across the street from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in preparation for a caravan-style move-in on Tuesday, July 8, which mimics IndyCar and NASCAR hauler load-ins. Sign in and registration will take place on Tuesday through 6 p.m.
Cars hit the temporary track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday, July 9, with rotating practice sessions until 3 p.m. Eastern, followed by practice for the Race of Champions. Drivers are eligible for the Inaugural Race of Champions if they won a main event on the National Tour in 2013. This event will resemble the former International Race of Champions (IROC). Honda Performance Division (HPD) will supply race ready 160 Engines and Hoosier will supply tires. This has never been done before in .25 Midget competition.
On Thursday, July 10, heat races will commence during the day. The pit area will close at 6 p.m., and all drivers are invited to the Street Party to be held on Main Street in downtown Speedway, in the shadows of Sarah Fisher Racing’s shop and the Dallara IndyCar Factory.
Lower main events are scheduled for Friday, July 11, with cars transferring to main events on Saturday, July 12. The first Race of Champions ever, will take place at the end of main events on Saturday afternoon, followed by a lavish award ceremony, second to none on the USAC National Tour.