INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 22, 2003) The Champions of the 2003-racing season at Indianapolis Raceway Park were honored at a champion's dinner held at Primo's banquet hall on Friday, December 19. During the course of the evening the champions and top finishers in the V. P Fuels ET drag racing series were honored along with the champions of the Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) Series.
Champions in the V. P. Fuels E. T, drag racing series Team Kendall/Summit racing series were: Jeremy Mitchell in Pro; Wes May in Super Pro; Ron Wheatley in Super Pro Bike; Chris Walters in Street; Danny Crawley in Nostalgia and Joey Shipp in Jr. Dragsters. Walters was also honored as the 2003 ET drag racing IRP Track Champion.
The champions received monetary pay out, a champion's jacket, a framed picture of their car and a IRP Gold Card which allows them free admission to IRP for the 2004 season.
The CARS Series honored the winners of the Truck division and the Stock Car division. Jerome Branscum was the champion in the Stock Car division and Joe Hill was the winner in the Truck division.
Both the ET bracket racing series and the CARS Series will both return to IRP for the 2004 season. The 2004 racing schedule will be released in the coming weeks.
One of five drag racing facilities owned and operated by the National Hot Rod Association, IRP was built in 1960 and has presented organized racing events since 1961. From March through October, the facility hosts more than 120 dates of racing on three tracks, a quarter-mile drag strip, a .686-mile paved oval and a 2.5-mile road course. Home to drag racing's biggest event, the NHRA U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend, the drag strip runs more than 50 days of point-to-point action, from national events to street legal community programs. The oval track draws racing's biggest events, including annual visits from the NASCAR Busch and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to five annual USAC races, and an exclusive Saturday Night Series. The road course provides a home for several racing sanctions, such as SCCA, while providing an ideal resource for driving schools, corporate outings and open-road tests for professional drivers.
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