MILE HIGH MILES PER HOUR FASTER THAN ANY OTHER TRACK, YOU BETTER TAKE A DEEP BREATH Indianapolis, Ind. -- Welcome to the land of speed. Maybe it is the air or the altitude but Pikes Peak International Raceway has produced world record speeds...
MILE HIGH MILES PER HOUR FASTER THAN ANY OTHER TRACK, YOU BETTER TAKE A DEEP BREATH
Indianapolis, Ind. -- Welcome to the land of speed. Maybe it is the air or the altitude but Pikes Peak International Raceway has produced world record speeds the past two years. Jay Drake set the World's Record for speed in a Sprint car on a mile oval in 2003 at 24.836 or 144.951mph. The record didn't last long however as Dave Steele broke the record in 2004 with a time of 24.831 or 144.980mph. The USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series is taking a much-deserved break this weekend while the USAC National and Western Midget Series and USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series divisions are looking to break their own records.
Ryan Newman set the USAC midget record of 139.265mph at PPIR in 1997. Steele returns to the one-mile paved oval as 2004's Rocky Mountain Classic midget winner. Josh Wise, fresh off an appearance on "Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain," leads the USAC National Sprint Car Series in points heading into PPIR. Defending National Midget champ Bobby East is fifth in the points. Ron Gregory is on a hot streak, placing second in the "Night Before the 500" midget series event and winning last weekend's "Showdown at Sundown" USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car race at Richmond. J.J. Yeley won the last one-mile midget race on pavement passing East in Phoenix earlier this season. The 2003 USAC Triple Crown Champion is scheduled to drive his NASCAR Busch Series ride at Daytona on Friday night before heading west to Pikes Peak. Four-time USAC Western Midget champ Robby Flock leads the USAC Western Midget car standings. The California native will seek to add to his 50-career USAC Western Midget Series victory total.
Meanwhile USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series point's leader Dave Steele is planning on breaking the all time Silver Crown lap leader record that is currently held by Jimmy Sills. Steele only needs to lead two laps to break the record. The Tampa, Florida native is coming off of his 50th USAC National win and his second victory of the season at Richmond last weekend. So far he has won every pavement Silver Crown race this year. Steele started 2003 with three straight Silver Crown wins and went on to claim the championship. The points race is tight in the Silver Crown division. Steele has a 15-point lead over Josh Wise and Bryan Tyler headed into PPIR. Jay Drake, who is currently fifth in points, won last year's event and went on to reel off three wins in a row for Team Mopar. He has won the last two years at Pikes Peak. The speed demons will be chasing Dane Carter's one lap track record of 142.062 mph. The all time series qualifying record is 143.093 mph set by Brad Noffsinger at Gateway International Raceway in 2000.
In addition to the USAC Midget and Silver Crown programs, the "Rocky Mountain Classic" will also feature the Star Mazda Series, a post race autograph session, a concert by Hootie and the Blowfish and "Southern Colorado's Largest Fireworks Show." Tickets can be purchased online at www.ppir.com, any Front Range King Soopers or by calling 1-888-306-7223. Anyone with a valid military ID is entitled to a 50-percent discount on any single raceday ticket.
USACLive.com, the official home for live webcasts of United States Auto Club, will webcast the "Rocky Mountain Classic" live from Pikes Peak International Raceway. The website will also provide live timing and scoring, stories, live updates and photos beginning Saturday afternoon and throughout the race weekend. On track activities are scheduled to begin Sunday at 10am Mountain Time with USAC Midget practice. Qualifying is set to get underway at 1:20pm and the USAC Midget feature is scheduled to go green at 5pm with the USAC Silver Crown feature at 6:30pm. (Times subject to change.) A full schedule can be found at www.usaclive.com or www.ppir.com.
USAC Live features Live Timing and Scoring which streams lap times and standings for each session from practice through the feature event. This feature, when combined with USAC Live's text updates and photos from trackside, delivers unprecedented coverage of USAC action. USAC Live (www.usaclive.com) will webcast all USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series events in 2005 from the track plus additional USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series events and USAC National Midget Series events.