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Ticket Sale, Schedule for Historic Hoosier Hundred Announced!! Track Enteprises and CEO Bob Sargent are pleased to announce that reserved seat tickets for the 54th running of the Hoosier Hundred will be on sale beginning Monday, May 8. Fans who...

Ticket Sale, Schedule for Historic Hoosier Hundred Announced!!

Track Enteprises and CEO Bob Sargent are pleased to announce that reserved seat tickets for the 54th running of the Hoosier Hundred will be on sale beginning Monday, May 8. Fans who wish to see this historic event on the Indiana State Fairgrounds dirt mile can purchase reserved seat tickets in advance for the cost of just $25, and can puchase advance reserved seat tickets for children 11 and under for just $5. Infield tickets will be sold on race day, with adult admission $10 and children 11 and under $5.

Thanks to the efforts of a number of people, Track Enterprises CEO Bob Sargent and staff are thrilled to announce that the historic Hoosier Hundred is once again a part of the 2006 K&N Filters USAC Silver Crown Series schedule after being postponed due to concerns about the infrastructure at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. With the help of many in the racing, business and governmental communities, necessary repairs will be completed very soon in order for the race to take place on it's scheduled date of May 26, 2006, two nights before the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Track Enterprises promotes USAC, ARCA, World of Outlaw, Late Model and Modified races throughout the Midwest including a six race schedule split between the two one mile dirt tracks at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Illinois. CEO Bob Sargent was approached last year about becoming involved in the Hoosier Hundred and is excited about the possibilities.

"Tom Johnson came to me last year about becoming involved in promotion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and I and the Track Enterprises staff are very happy to be a part of such a historic facility," Sargent said. "None of this would have been possible without people like Tom Johnson, Bob Parker, Matt Steward, state rep Bill Davis, Indiana Fair Director Cindy Hoye and the Indiana Governor's office, not to mention USAC and K & K Insurance." "We are pleased to be able to continue the tradition of the Hoosier Hundred and we hope to expand upon the racing heritage at the Indiana State Fairgrounds started by the late Roger Wolcott and Joe Quinn for years to come."

The Hoosier Hundred is an important part of the USAC K&N Filters Silver Crown Series, not to mention an important part of American auto racing history. Shortly after Bob Sweikert won the first race in 1953, the Hoosier Hundred quickly became the second biggest race on the national championship schedule and the richest dirt track race in the country. Racing greats and Indy 500 winners Jimmy Bryan, Eddie Sachs, Parnelli Jones and Mario Andretti all captured a Hoosier Hundred cup. Al Unser won the great race four times in succession, while A.J. Foyt holds the record for Hoosier Hundred wins with six. When the Hoosier Hundred became part of the USAC Silver Crown (Dirt Track) series, drivers such as Pancho Carter, Larry Rice, Chuck Gurney, Jack Hewitt and Tony Elliot all pulled into the famous piece of turf that serves as victory lane at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

The 2006 Hoosier Hundred promises to add even further to the legend of the Indiana State Fairgrounds dirt mile, a facility that has been around since 1903 and is the site of some memorable moments in auto racing history. Donnelsville, Ohio youngster Teddy Beach added to that history in 2005 when became the youngest man at just over 20 years to capture the Hoosier Hundred crown.

The 54th Hoosier Hundred is slated for Friday night, May 26. Practice is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time), with qualifying at 6, the last chance race at 7 and all 100 miles of the Hoosier Hundred at 8. Tickets may be purchased at the Indiana State Fairgrounds ticket office by calling 317-927-1482 or at Track Enterprises at 217-764-3200. Additional information on the Hoosier Hundred can be found at www.trackenterprises.com or at www.usacracing.com.

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Series USAC
Drivers Mario Andretti , Parnelli Jones , Jack Hewitt , Teddy Beach , Pancho Carter , A.J. Foyt , Al Unser