Indy IRP 2005 season review

CHECKERED FLAG DROPS ON THE 2005 RACING SEASON AT IRP INDIANAPOLIS (October 25, 2005) A historic racing season has come to a close at Indianapolis Raceway Park and 2005 season was a success for the track. Yearly crown jewels including the...

CHECKERED FLAG DROPS ON THE 2005 RACING SEASON AT IRP

INDIANAPOLIS (October 25, 2005) A historic racing season has come to a close at Indianapolis Raceway Park and 2005 season was a success for the track. Yearly crown jewels including the Night before the 500, Kroger SpeedFest and U. S. Nationals all contributed to a bountiful racing season.

"This year was tremendous for IRP and the fans as well," said Ron Anderson, general manager of IRP. "We hope that all of our guests enjoyed the race experience at the events and we look forward to seeing them in 2006."

The 60th annual Coca-Cola Night Before the 500 kicked off the oval season and strong continuing marketing efforts helped to once again increase attendance for the event. Free shuttle busses provided transportation to and from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, drink coasters in local restaurants and increased television advertising increased awareness for the event.

The Kroger SpeedFest weekend featured three night of racing with the USAC Silver Crown Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck and Busch series under the lights on the oval. All three events enjoyed increased attendance including the Kroger 200, which sold out for the second consecutive year. Starting ticket sales earlier in the year increased outdoor billboards and community involvement grew these races.

The 51st annual Mac Tools U. S. Nationals continued to be the world's largest and most prestigious drag race held yearly during Labor Day weekend. Six days of drag racing provided heart pumping action and the winners have memories they will treasure for the rest of their lives.

Other events including the VP Fuels E. T. Bracket Racing Series, Goodguys Hot Rod Nationals, Super Chevy Show, Traderindiana.com Tuesday Night Street Legal racing series and Indy Truck Bash thrived during the season. All these events and others will return for the 2006 season. A full schedule of events will be released at the beginning of the year.

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, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and three annual USAC races. 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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Series NASCAR , NHRA , USAC