IRP to run Eighth-Mile during The 2004 VP Fuels ET Bracket Racing Season

INDIANAPOLIS (February 23, 2004) All classes in the 2004 VP Fuels E. T. Bracket Racing Series will compete on the eighth-mile drag strip, track officials announced today. The first race of the season will take place on March 28th and racers will get the chance to run on the eighth-mile on March 21st during the first open Test and Tune.

"With the positive input from numerous drivers and a unanimous vote in the drivers committee meeting, this was an easy decision to make," said Mike Myslinksi, director of operations and Indianapolis Raceway Park. "We feel this change will increase competition during the course of the season and will be more cost efficient for the racers."

The VP Fuels E. T. Bracket Racing Series is a season long point's battle contested over the course of 13 events. Classes in the VP Fuels E. T. Bracket Racing Series at IRP include Super Pro, Pro, Street, Motorcycle, Jr. Dragsters and Trophy.

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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