Toledo: Hemelgarn Racing returns home as event sponsor

Hemelgarn Racing - USAC Sprints visit Toledo July 12 Toledo, Ohio The Stoops Freightliner USAC Sprint Cars will return to Toledo Speedway, Friday evening, July 12 for the third annual Hemelgarn Racing-sponsored event. When the Sprint Cars make...

Hemelgarn Racing - USAC Sprints visit Toledo July 12

Toledo, Ohio The Stoops Freightliner USAC Sprint Cars will return to Toledo Speedway, Friday evening, July 12 for the third annual Hemelgarn Racing-sponsored event. When the Sprint Cars make their annual appearance, open-wheel fans will be jamming the stands to witness the wheel-to-wheel action. And with the new smooth as glass track surface, records are sure to be shattered.

At stake for the feature winner, a test session in an Indy Racing car owned by 2000 Indy Racing League championship team owner Ron Hemelgarn.

"It's exciting to see open-wheel racing back at Toledo Speedway," said Hemelgarn, a Toledo businessman. "Some of the greatest Indy Car racing stars got their starts at Midwest tracks like Toledo. Drivers like Tom Sneva, Pancho Carter, Gary Bettenhausen and the list goes on were Toledo feature winners. And once again, many of the drivers competing Friday night have their sights set on being an Indy Car driver in the future."

USAC made its successful return to the Glass City's 0x00bd-mile, high banked paved oval in 2000 after a long absence. Since then, the Toledo Speedway has again become an important stop on the USAC schedule, in large part due to the efforts of Hemelgarn.

"The USAC Sprint Cars successful return to Toledo is because of Ron Hemelgarn," noted Scott Schultz, General Manager of Toledo Speedway. "Ron has always said it's nice to come home, and it's great to be able to give something back to the grass roots racers, the weekly race teams and drivers. Open-wheel racing and all racing has benefited from Ron Hemelgarn's passion for the sport. And needless to say, Toledo Speedway is very fortunate to have his involvement with the USAC Sprint Cars."

Nearly 30 drivers have entered for the 30-lap feature, including Aaron Fike, USAC standout and Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series driver for Hemelgarn. Other early entries include 2001 Sprint Car champion JJ Yeley, 2001 winner Brian Tyler, 2000 Toledo winner Dave Darland, Ed Carpenter, A.J. Fike, Eric Gordon, Derek Davidson, Jason McCord, Bobby East, Dave Steele, Levi Jones, Tracy Hines, Jim Mills, Kevin Feeney, Jonathan Vennard and Jay Drake.

Michigan International Speedway will be on hand at the track to promote the inaugural visit of the Indy Racing League July 28 for the Michigan Indy 400. Hemelgarn, in conjunction with MIS, will also offer to all fans in attendance a 25% discount on tickets to the 400-mile event at Michigan. Fans simply need to show their ticket stub to receive the discount.

As part of the evening's festivities, a Hemelgarn showcar will be on display and the all-new support series Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series will stage a demonstration run at Toledo, featuring Infiniti Pro Series and USAC drivers Fike and Ed Carpenter. These young upcoming drivers will compete at Michigan July 28 in the third of seven events on the 2002 Infiniti Pro Series schedule.

The program will see spectator gates open at 4:30 pm for practice with time trials at 6:00 pm. The USAC Sprint Car race is slated for a 7:30 pm start. The event will be shown on a tape-delayed basis on ESPN2 Saturday, July 20 at 11 pm (EDT). The track's Factory Stocks and Sportsman will also be in action.

Toledo Speedway is located on Benore Road at the I-75/Alexis Road exit, on the Michigan-Ohio border.

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Jay Drake , A.J. Fike , Jonathan Vennard , Eric Gordon , Levi Jones , Jason McCord , Pancho Carter , Ed Carpenter