2005 schedule announced

2005 Weld Racing Silver Crown Slate Announced The USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Championship Series enters its 35th season of competition in 2005 as the keystone series of an organization celebrating its 50th season of racing. Ten events are...

2005 Weld Racing Silver Crown Slate Announced

The USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Championship Series enters its 35th season of competition in 2005 as the keystone series of an organization celebrating its 50th season of racing.

Ten events are currently slated for America's premier front-engined, open-wheel series, which stands on the threshhold of unprecedented expansion and growth following the unveiling of the prototype car which is expected to debut on America's bigger speedways in 2006.

The "Copper World Classic" at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway January 29-30 finds one of America's most traditional weekends returning to its previous format, with preliminaries on Saturday and all feature events on Sunday at the "Desert Mile."

The "Hoosier Hundred," an American motorsports institution, witnesses its 54th running on Friday night, May 27 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, two nights before the Indianapolis 500.

The "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track June 4 offers another 100-lap race on the exciting 1/2-mile dirt oval at the Vigo County Fairgrounds.

Richmond (Va.) International Raceway again hosts the Weld Racing Silver Crown cars as part of its open-wheel entertainment package surrounding its Indy Racing League race, with the Silver Crown cars competing on June 25.

July 3 is this year's date for the "Rocky Mountain Classic" at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo., winners of the 2004 USAC "Race Organizer of the Year" Award.

The famed Milwaukee Mile welcomes the Silver Crown machines back July 22-23 after their triumphant return in 2004 for a 100-miler on the 1-mile paved oval at the Wisconsin State Fair Park.

On August 4, the series opens Indianapolis Raceway Park's prestigious "Kroger SpeedFest" at the .686-mile paved oval, with a 100-lap race scheduled.

The "Tony Bettenhausen 100" returns at the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile dirt track in Springfield August 20, while the "Ted Horn 100" will again dazzle under the lights at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds September 4.

Brand-new race organizer Tony Stewart presents the "4-Crown Nationals" at his Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio September 23-24, concluding the 2005 series.

"Obviously, we are excited about the future of the Weld Racing Silver Crown Series," states series coordinator Jason Smith. "This solid base of events will serve as a great foundation for the future as this series expands to new horizons."

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Drivers Tony Stewart , Jason Smith , Tony Bettenhausen