Silver Crown, Sprints, Midgets at Nazareth! USAC's three National racing series will share the spotlight on pavement for the first time ever April 20-21, 2002 as they join the Indy Racing League for what promises to be a fantastic weekend of ...
Silver Crown, Sprints, Midgets at Nazareth!
USAC's three National racing series will share the spotlight on pavement for the first time ever April 20-21, 2002 as they join the Indy Racing League for what promises to be a fantastic weekend of competition at the Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway.
"We are certainly looking forward to this landmark event," said USAC President/CEO John Capels, who joined Nazareth Speedway General Manager Craig Rust in making the joint announcement. "Although this event will mirror in many respects the extremely successful "Cooper World Classic" at Phoenix, it will, for the first time, feature the Stoops Freightliner Sprint Cars in concert with the Silver Crown and National Midget Car Series on pavement. It offers a tremendous opportunity for our participants to exhibit their skills in all three types of race cars for race fans of the Eastern United States, where each series has ventured on occasion separately during the past five years."
A 25-mile Midget Car and 25-mile Sprint Car feature are expected to be part of Saturday's activities, with a 100-mile Silver Crown feature preceding Sunday's 1 pm (ET) scheduled start of the IRL race.
Paul White of Temple, Texas and J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. have already wrapped up 2001 USAC National Championships and Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. currently leads the WorldCom National Midget Car standings with three races remaining on the west coast. All three are looking forward to competing in the April 20-21 Nazareth event.
Drivers John Heydenreich of Bloomsburg, Pa. and Aaron Fike of Galesburg, Ill. traveled to Allentown, Pa. to participate in today's press conference addressing the newly-announced event. Heydenreich is extremely popular with eastern race fans and Fike's victory in this year's well-attended Silver Crown race at Richmond, Va. made him, at age 18, the youngest winner in series history!
The only previous appearance of USAC's three national racing series in a single racing program has been at the annual "4-Crown Nationals" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. That event enjoyed its 22nd running this September, attracting more than 100 USAC teams in the three participating series.