Richmod adds Silver Crown, FF2000 races

"USAC CHAMPIONSHIP TWINS" RETURNS OPEN WHEEL BIG CAR RACES TO RICHMOND; SILVER CROWN & FORMULA FORD 2000 SERIES GET RIR GREEN NIGHT OF JUNE 17 RICHMOND, VA - The fastest cars that've ever burned rubber on Richmond International ...

"USAC CHAMPIONSHIP TWINS" RETURNS OPEN WHEEL BIG CAR RACES TO RICHMOND; SILVER CROWN & FORMULA FORD 2000 SERIES GET RIR GREEN NIGHT OF JUNE 17

RICHMOND, VA - The fastest cars that've ever burned rubber on Richmond International Raceway's 3/4-mile asphalt "D" are poised to pound and pulsate at RIR Saturday night, June 17, belching furious methanol-fired flames and ethereal vapors, as the United States Auto Club's stellar True Value Silver Crown Series headlines the all open wheel USAC CHAMPIONSHIP TWINS under the lights.

Paired with the Silver Crown cars will be the United States Formula 2000 Series Indy look-alike cars in a separate race of their own, challenging for points that will determine the year end winner of the Qualitee International Cup.

A bevy of True Value Silver Crown drivers unofficially shattered all Richmond International Raceway speed records in recent open practice sessions. Silver Crown drivers confidently predict they'll be the first to make official timed runs around RIR at lap speeds exceeding 130 mph.

Ironically, the USAC CHAMPIONSHIP TWINS marks a return in the Richmond area for the rich heritage of big, powerful, fullbred "champ" and "sprint" style cars (as represented by the Silver Crown Series) that inaugurated automobile racing at Richmond fifty seasons ago.

In October, 1946, racing legend Ted Horn captured the first auto race held at this site behind the wheel of an Offy-powered sprint car. Described by Richmond-area motorsports historian, Joe Kelly, the then 1/2 mile dirt track, "Was the best I ever drove," according to Horn.

With the first of the two USAC CHAMPIONSHIP TWINS final feature events getting underway at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night, June 17, Richmond International Raceway's first USAC sanctioned races will also include preliminary practice sessions for both racing divisions, and timed two-lap qualifying runs. In addition, a 15-lap Qualifying Last Chance Event will establish the starting order of True Valu Silver Crown Series cars positions 25-30 in the thirty car Silver Crown field.

The USAC CHAMPIONSHIP TWINS will showcase 134 laps (100.5 miles) of racing for the True Value Silver Crown Series cars in their feature event, with the United States Formula Ford 2000 Series cars competing for 40 laps (30 miles) in their feature.

Ticket sales for the June 17 USAC CHAMPIONSHIP TWINS at Richmond International Raceway begin Monday, May 15. The $15 Grandstand seats are available by telephone at 804/345-RACE(7223), in person at the Raceway Ticket Office, or by writing to Richmond International Raceway, Post Office Box 9257, Richmond, Virginia 23227.

Continuing his longstanding "FAN FRIENDLY" policy of catering to family groups, Richmond track president, Paul Sawyer will admit all children 12 yesr of age and under at no charge to the USAC CHAMPIONSHIP TWINS when they are accompanied by a ticketholder.

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