IRP readies for opening event

2004 IRP Racing Season To Begin On Tuesday INDIANAPOLIS (March 17, 2004) The 2004 racing season is scheduled to commence at IRP on Tuesday March the 23rd, with the first Traderindiana.com Street Legal race on the historic IRP drag strip.

2004 IRP Racing Season To Begin On Tuesday

INDIANAPOLIS (March 17, 2004) The 2004 racing season is scheduled to commence at IRP on Tuesday March the 23rd, with the first Traderindiana.com Street Legal race on the historic IRP drag strip. Even with a blanket of snow on the ground, the IRP staff is expecting to race on Tuesday.

"Our staff is fully prepared to open the season next week," said Ron Anderson, general manager. "We've spent the off season busily preparing for the 2004 season and we are all excited to get our 44th year of racing underway."

The drag strip will see all the racing action during the month of March. On the 28th the first V. P Fuels E. T. Bracket Series race will take to the track and the Traderindiana.com Street Legal will return on the 30th.

On Tuesday gates open at 4:30 P. M. and racing begins at 5:30 P. M. Cost to race is $15.00 and $7.00 for spectators. Five-dollar discount coupons for the Traderindiana.com Street Legal Series can be found in The Trader Paper and Trader Wheels & Deals magazines. Both The Trader Paper and Trader Wheels and Deals can be found in numerous grocery and convenience store locations throughout Indiana.

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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