Indy ORP: Pre-race notes, schedule

WHAT: 53rd annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the 18th of 23 events in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in four categories earn points leading to 2007 POWERade Series world championships. Sportsman competitors in seven...

WHAT: 53rd annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the 18th of 23 events in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in four categories earn points leading to 2007 POWERade Series world championships. Sportsman competitors in seven categories earn points leading to 2007 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series world championships. Sport Compact competitors in two championship classes will earn points leading to its 2007 NHRA Xplod Sport Compact Racing Series world championship.

WHERE: O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, Clermont, Ind. >From I-465, exit Crawfordsville Road (Hwy. 136). Head west for approximately four miles through the town of Clermont. The main entrance to the facility is on the left-hand side, one-half mile past Raceway Road.

COURSE: Quarter-mile drag strip.

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 3.

PURSE: Cash and contingency awards of more than $2.6 million.

SCHEDULE:

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29

Sportsman qualifying and time trials, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, Aug. 30

Sportsman qualifying and eliminations, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, Aug. 31

Sportsman qualifying and eliminations, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSION at 6:15 p.m.

SATURDAY, Sept. 1

Sportsman qualifying and eliminations, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 1 p.m. and 6:05 p.m.

RINGERS GLOVES PRO BIKE BATTLE at 2:15 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8:10 p.m.

SPORT COMPACT (PRO RWD & PRO FWD) QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, Sept. 2

Sportsman eliminations, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING SESSIONS at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

SKOAL SHOWDOWN ELIMINATIONS at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5 p.m.

SPORT COMPACT (PRO RWD & PRO FWD) QUALIFYING SESSION at 9 a.m.
SPORT COMPACT (PRO RWD & PRO FWD) FIRST ROUND ELIMINATIONS at 6:30 p.m.

MONDAY, Sept. 3

Pre-race ceremonies, 9:30 a.m.
FINAL ELIMINATIONS at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION:
Sunday, Sept. 2, ESPN2 HD will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 12:30 a.m. (ET).

Sunday, Sept. 2, ESPN2 HD will televise NHRA Race Day, a 30-minute magazine show at 11:30 a.m. (ET).

Sunday, Sept. 2, ESPN2 HD will televise three hours and 30 minutes of qualifying coverage at 2 p.m. (ET).

Monday, Sept. 3, ESPN2 HD will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at midnight (ET).

Monday, Sept. 3, ESPN2 HD will televise three hours of early eliminations coverage at noon (ET).

Monday, Sept. 3, ESPN2 HD will televise three hours of final eliminations coverage at 7 p.m. (ET).

TICKETS: For tickets call (800) 884-NHRA (6472). Tickets also are available at ticketmaster.com, nhra.com, and oreillyracewaypark.com.

GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) -- Wednesday: Adult, $8, Junior (6-12 years), free; Thursday: Adult, $12, Junior (6-12 years), free; Friday: Adult, $34; Junior (6-12 years), $10; Saturday: Adult, $42; Junior (6-12 years), $10. Sunday: Adult, $48; Junior (6-12 years), $10. Monday: Adult, $48; Junior (6-12 years), $10; Child (5 years and under), free in general admission and pit areas each day.

RESERVED (includes pit pass) -- Friday: Adult, $44; Junior (6-12 years), $20; Child (5 years and under), $10. Saturday: Adult, $50-$54; Junior (6-12 years), $18-$22; Child (5 years and under), $8-$12. Sunday: Adult, $56-$60; Junior (6-12 years), $20-$24; Child (5 years and under), $10-$14. Monday: Adult, $56-$60; Junior (6-12 years), $20-$24; Child (5 years and under), $10-$14.

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Tony Schumacher, Chicago, U.S. Army dragster, five-time U.S. Nationals Top Fuel winner: "Needless to say, O'Reilly Raceway Park will always be special to me. I really can't explain why we do so well there, but I'm certainly not going to complain either. To have won the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals five times just blows my mind. Who knows, perhaps, we can win another four to break Don Garlits' record (eight wins). If there's a team that can accomplish a goal like that, it would clearly be my U.S. Army team. They're the best around."

Ron Capps, Carlsbad, Calif., Brut Dodge Charger, three-time Skoal Showdown winner: "Obviously, being involved with the Skoal Showdown is something every team strives for. Your qualifying points all through the year are what get you in the Showdown, so on top of every other goal a team has, being in the Skoal Showdown is huge. I was lucky enough to win it three times. For over nine years I was sponsored by U.S. Tobacco and so when they took over the sponsorship of that race it just went up to another level. It's only the top eight guys and you start looking down the list every year of eight guys you think should be in the Skoal Showdown and you're leaving out another eight guys who probably should be in it. It's a very hard thing to keep those points up to get into the Showdown. I've never won the U.S. Nationals. Gary Scelzi and I were talking the other day and we were talking to some other drivers about places they've never won, and it's pretty cool when you just kind of go down the list. I've been lucky enough to be able win at a lot of the tracks on our circuit. The same with Scelzi. He only has a handful of races he's never won at, which is amazing. And for me it's the biggest one we have and it's the U.S. Nationals. I won the Skoal Showdown there three times, I've been close to winning the race, but my crew chief has won it so many times. I'm surrounded by people who I work with, whether it's my owner or my crew chief, who have all been there. My teammates. Look at those guys who have won Indy. It's one of those very empty spaces on the mantle in a whole group of trophies. I just wouldn't be complete if I never get to win Indy. And right now, this year especially, with Indy being the first race of the Countdown, it brings a whole bunch more importance to the race, besides the fact it's the U.S. Nationals. I'm so happy for the race itself because it should stand out more than any other race on the schedule. It's our biggest race and it should stand out. And I think the past several years it's kind of fallen into the cracks with some other races. I'm glad to see that Indy is back to being our biggest race of the year."

Greg Anderson, Charlotte, N.C., Summit Racing Pontiac GTO, five-time U.S. Nationals Pro Stock winner: "Obviously, winning four in a row at Indy has been pretty cool for me. I think there is only two other Pro Stock guys that have done that -- Bob Glidden and WJ (Warren Johnson). I don't believe that anyone has ever won five, so if I could do it that would put me alone in the record book. That would be a heck of a feather in our cap, winning five. Indy is a special place every time you go there. It's our Super Bowl. It means so much and maybe even more this year with the start of the final two segments of the Countdown to the Championship. I can't imagine the feeling when you roll in there this year knowing not only that it's the biggest race of the year, and the one that means the most to us, but it's the first race of the all-important Countdown. So the stress level is going to be ultra high. Obviously, I've never been through what we are going to experience Indy weekend as far as stress and worrying about what's going to happen. To perform under pressure that weekend is going to be the most pressure any of us probably has ever had. It's going to be a very, very interesting weekend."

Andrew Hines, Indianapolis, Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson, defending Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle winner: "Last year I red-lighted in the seminfinals and I threw the race away. I really felt like I had a bike capable of winning the race and I just blew it. So I want to make up for that this year and put winning the biggest race of the season on my resume. It's not going to be easy with the new points format. We don't know what everyone has in the bank right now and I know every team is going to bring out their best stuff at the U.S. Nationals to win that race and help move them into the top four of the point standings."

TICKETS: For tickets call (800) 884-NHRA (6472). Tickets also are available at ticketmaster.com, nhra.com, and oreillyracewaypark.com.

GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) -- Wednesday: Adult, $8, Junior (6-12 years), free; Thursday: Adult, $12, Junior (6-12 years), free; Friday: Adult, $34; Junior (6-12 years), $10; Saturday: Adult, $42; Junior (6-12 years), $10. Sunday: Adult, $48; Junior (6-12 years), $10. Monday: Adult, $48; Junior (6-12 years), $10; Child (5 years and under), free in general admission and pit areas each day.

RESERVED (includes pit pass) -- Friday: Adult, $44; Junior (6-12 years), $20; Child (5 years and under), $10. Saturday: Adult, $50-$54; Junior (6-12 years), $18-$22; Child (5 years and under), $8-$12. Sunday: Adult, $56-$60; Junior (6-12 years), $20-$24; Child (5 years and under), $10-$14. Monday: Adult, $56-$60; Junior (6-12 years), $20-$24; Child (5 years and under), $10-$14.

-credit: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Warren Johnson , Ron Capps , Tony Schumacher , Gary Scelzi , Greg Anderson , Bob Glidden , Don Garlits , Andrew Hines