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Hooters ProCup Series Returns to IRP LONGS, SC -- After a one-year absence the Hooters ProCup Series is set to make its return to Indianapolis Raceway Park on May 16th. The Hooters ProCup Series has competed two times previously as the...

Hooters ProCup Series Returns to IRP

LONGS, SC -- After a one-year absence the Hooters ProCup Series is set to make its return to Indianapolis Raceway Park on May 16th. The Hooters ProCup Series has competed two times previously as the well-known complex located near Indianapolis, IN.

Sean Studer won the inaugural event in 2001 and Brian Ross won at his home-state track in 2002. The Series returns on Sunday afternoon for the running of the Naturally Fresh 200 presented by Lucas Oil Products which will be the day after pole qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 at nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Series will also host a companion event this year with the Sunoco Super Series running for the first time with the Hooters ProCup Series competitors.

IRP is a .686-mile flat track with just a little over seven degrees in the corners and just two degrees on each straightaway which makes getting the heavy 3,300-pound stock cars around the track a challenge. Another variable new to the Series when it returns to the track will be the use of the BFGoodrich Tires Traction T/A Radial in competition. So far in 2004, the adjustment to the radial tire has been a successful one for the Series. During the first five races of the season three new track records were set during qualifying and a new record could be set at IRP this May.

Mardy Lindley finished second to Studer in 2001 and had a top-15 finish in 2002 at IRP and enters the race with a win already under his belt in the season-opening race at South Boston back in Arpil.

"We have a lot of laps at IRP and hopefully we can go up there and challenge for the win," said Lindley. "I really like the track and it would be good to get our Hooters Air Ford in victory lane."

The Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Lucas Oil Products will be a rare two-day show for the competitors with practice and qualifying slated for Saturday afternoon with the Sunoco Super Series qualifying at 6:30 and the Hooters ProCup Series qualifying at 7:15 p.m. The Sunoco Super Series will hold a last chance race immediately after ProCup qualifying.

Gates will open Sunday morning at 10:30 with an autograph session scheduled for 12:15 and the Naturally Fresh 200 presented by Lucas Oil Products slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. and the Steve Keller Tri-Axle Trucking 100 for the Sunoco Super Series will immediately follow.

For more information please contact IRP at 317-291-4090.

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Drivers Brian Ross