IRP host street legal series

Midnight Madness Strikes Indianapolis Raceway Park INDIANAPOLIS (April 26, 2004) For the third season, IRP will host four Traderindiana.com Midnight Madness events for street legal cars during the course of the summer. The first event of the...

Midnight Madness Strikes Indianapolis Raceway Park

INDIANAPOLIS (April 26, 2004) For the third season, IRP will host four Traderindiana.com Midnight Madness events for street legal cars during the course of the summer. The first event of the year will be this Friday, April 30th. Gates will open at 6:00 P. M. and racing will commence at 7:00 P. M. Cost to race is only $15.00 and spectator admission is $7.00.

Five-dollar discount coupons for the Traderindiana.com Street Legal Series can be found in The Trader Paper and Trader Wheels & Deals magazines. Both The Trader Paper and Trader Wheels and Deals can be found in numerous grocery and convenience store locations throughout Indiana.

During the course of the summer, three other Traderindiana.com Midnight Madness events will take to the IRP drag strip. The dates for the other races are May 14th, June 25th and July 23rd.

In the past 10 years teenagers have renewed the tradition of spending numerous hours and countless dollars into making their cars look and perform to the highest level. With that comes the temptation to prove the performance of their cars by taking the cars and racing them on back roads in a highly illegal and unsafe manner. The Traderindiana.com Midnight Madness events are designed to take the illegal racing off the street and into a supervised arena.

"With warm weather returning to the area and increased free time as the schools prepare to close for summer vacation, many teens are looking for a way to race their cars they have worked on during the winter," said Ron Anderson, general manager of Indianapolis Raceway Park. "We want to provide a safe and legal venue for these people flex the muscle of their cars without putting themselves and others in danger."

In the 1950's the National Hot Rod Association was created to take racing off the streets and into an environment where safety was the number one goal. 50 years later the NHRA holds 23 national events a year, all televised on the ESPN family of networks. The NHRA was and is committed in offering the safest form of racing in the country.

One of five drag racing facilities owned and operated by the National Hot Rod Association, IRP was built in 1960 and has presented organized racing events since 1961. From March through October, the facility hosts more than 120 dates of racing on three tracks, a quarter-mile drag strip, a .686-mile paved oval and a 2.5-mile road course. Home to drag racing's biggest event, the NHRA U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend, the drag strip runs more than 50 days of point-to-point action, from national events to street legal community programs. The oval track draws racing's biggest events, including annual visits from the NASCAR Busch and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series to five annual USAC races, and an exclusive Saturday Night Series. The road course provides a home for several racing sanctions, such as SCCA, while providing an ideal resource for driving schools, corporate outings and open-road tests for professional drivers.

- IRP -

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