USAR: IRP announces 2004 schedule

INDIANAPOLIS (January 8, 2004) Indianapolis Raceway Park released it's 2004 racing schedule today that will feature the 50th Annual Mac Tools U. S. Nationals and the 23rd Annual Kroger SpeedFest. From April through October, IRP's ...

INDIANAPOLIS (January 8, 2004) Indianapolis Raceway Park released it's 2004 racing schedule today that will feature the 50th Annual Mac Tools U. S. Nationals and the 23rd Annual Kroger SpeedFest. From April through October, IRP's quarter-mile drag strip, .686 mile paved oval and the 15-turn road course, will feature over 100 days of exciting action.

"The 50th Anniversary celebration of the worlds largest and most prestigious drag race, the Mac Tools U. S. Nationals will the highlight of our season," said Ron Anderson, general manager of Indianapolis Raceway Park. "IRP and our parent company NHRA are planning numerous special events to celebrate the anniversary leading up to the race to truly honor this great drag racing tradition."

The 50th Anniversary Mac Tools U. S. Nationals will take place during Labor Day weekend Sept. 1st through Sept. 6th.

The .686 mile oval will also see exciting racing action, Anderson continued. "The return of the NASCAR Busch and Craftsman Truck Series, the always popular USAC, sprints, midgets and silver crown cars will also add to the excitement of the 2004." Also returning the IRP oval is the weekly racing series feature the CARS series during the course of the summer.

In addition to annual visits by The Goodguys Hot Rod Nationals, the Super Chevy Show and the AMA/ProStar Championship Motorcycle Drag Racing Nationals, the USAR Hooters Pro Cup will return after a year hiatus.

VP Fuels/Summit Racing ET Drag Racing Bracket Series, featuring the best in local drag racing will also return as the 2003 champions look to defend their titles.

"The 2003 season at IRP featured exciting racing action every weekend during the summer and the excitement for start of the 2004 season is here," said Anderson

<pre> 2004 IRP Schedule

DRAG STRIP

MARCH 23rd Tuesday Night Street Legals 28th VP Fuels ET Series Points Race 30th Tuesday Night Street Legals

APRIL 4th VP Fuels ET Series Points Race 6th Tuesday Night Street Legals 13th Tuesday Night Street Legals 17th - 18th NHRA Division 3 - Lucas Oil Drag Race 20th Tuesday Night Street Legals 25th VP Fuels ET Series Points Race 27th Tuesday Night Street Legals

MAY 4th Tuesday Night Street Legals 11th Tuesday Night Street Legals 14th Street Legal Friday Night Midnight Madness 16th VP Fuels ET Series Points Race 18th Tuesday Night Street Legals 23rd VP Fuels ET Series Points Race 25th Tuesday Night Street Legals 31st VP Fuels ET Series Points Race/National Dragster Challenge

JUNE 1st Tuesday Night Street Legals 6th VP Fuels ET Series Points Race 8th Tuesday Night Street Legals 10th - 13th Goodguys Hot Rod Nationals 15th Tuesday Night Street Legals 18th Street Legal Friday Night Midnight Madness 20th VP Fuels ET Series Points Race 22nd Tuesday Night Street Legals 27th VP Fuels ET Series Points Race 29th Tuesday Night Street Legals

JULY 6th Tuesday Night Street Legals 8th - 11th Super Chevy Show 13th Tuesday Night Street Legals 18th VP Fuels ET Series Points Race 20th Tuesday Night Street Legals 23rd Street Legal Friday Night Midnight Madness 25th VP Fuels ET Series Points Race 27th Tuesday Night Street Legals

AUGUST 1st VP Fuels ET Series Points Race/King of the Track 10th Tuesday Night Street Legals 13th - 15th Indy Import and Truck Bash 15th VP Fuels ET Series final Points race of the season 17th Tuesday Night Street Legals

SEPTEMBER 1st - 6th 50th Annual Mac Tools U. S. Nationals 10th - 12th All Harley Drag Racing Series 21st- 22nd AMA Pro Star 14th Tuesday Night Street Legals 17th - 19th E. T. Drag Racing Finals 21st Tuesday Night Street Legals 28th Tuesday Night Street Legals

OCTOBER 5th Tuesday Night Street Legals 12th Tuesday Night Street Legals 15th - 17th ET Drag Racing Sportsman Fall Classic 19th Tuesday Night Street Legals 26th Tuesday Night Street Legals

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APRIL 17th CARS Series open test 24th CARS Series open test

MAY 1st CARS Series - Stock Cars and Super Trucks 8th CARS Series - Stock Cars and Super Trucks 16th Hooters Pro Cup 22nd CARS Series - Stock Cars and Super Trucks 29th USAC Midgets - 59th Annual Night Before the 500

JUNE 12th USAC Midgets and CARS Series - Stock Cars and Super Trucks 26th CARS Series - Stock Cars and Super Trucks

JULY 10th USAC Sprint Car Series and CARS Series - Stock Cars and Super Trucks 17th CARS Series - Stock Cars and Super Trucks

AUGUST 5th Kroger SpeedFest - USAC Silver Crown J. D. Byrider 100 6th Kroger SpeedFest - NASCAR Craftsman Trucks Power Stroke Diesel 200 presented by Ford and International 7th Kroger SpeedFest - NASCAR Busch Series - 23rd Annual Kroger 200 presented by Tom Raper RVs 14th UAW Night and the CARS Series - Stock Cars and Super Trucks

SEPTEMBER 11th CARS Series - Stock Cars and Super Trucks

This schedule is subject to change. For all the up to date times and information call IRP at 317-291-4090 or visit www.IRPonline.com.

</pre> 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.

- IRP -

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