USAC returns to Memphis

Memphis, TN -- October 15, 2003- Race Promoter, Roger Johnson announced today the return of the United States Auto Club (USAC) to Memphis Motorsports Park in May of 2004. The event, titled "Mid-South Open Wheel Fury," will feature two days of ...

Memphis, TN -- October 15, 2003- Race Promoter, Roger Johnson announced today the return of the United States Auto Club (USAC) to Memphis Motorsports Park in May of 2004. The event, titled "Mid-South Open Wheel Fury," will feature two days of open wheel action on both the dirt and pavement tracks. If a driver can win both events, he will pocket a $50,000 bonus.

"We are very happy to have the "big cars," the USAC Silver Crown cars, back in Memphis where we can showcase the cars that have historically given birth to Indy 500 drivers," said Roger Johnson, Promoter of the two events. "This will provide a challenge to our local Memphis drivers as they compete with the best of USAC Silver Crown, USAC National Sprints and the Sprint Bandit Series."

"We are excited that the USAC series will be returning to Memphis Motorsports Park," added Jason Rittenberry, Vice President and General Manager Memphis Motorsports Park. "They have been responsible for some of the best racing action at the MMP oval, and we expect nothing short of another exciting event. Memphis has a passion for open-wheel racing."

The 410 Wingless Challenge, held on Friday night May 7, 2004, pits the best of the USAC National and Emmett Hahn's new Sprint Bandit sprint car drivers against Memphis area 410 sprint car drivers. The wingless sprint car action will take place on the ¼ mile banked oval gumbo track.

"We are elated that the Sprint Bandit Series will join the USAC National Sprint Car Series to battle the best sprint car drivers in the Mid-South," said Emmett Hahn, President of the Sprint Bandit Series.

On Saturday May 8, 2004, the NASCAR and Indy Racing League stars of tomorrow will shine in the Mid-South USAC 100. The USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series will take to the .75 mile asphalt tri-oval to battle for the first time since 2000. The 1,500 pound cars of the USAC Silver Crown Series are the fastest cars to have run to date at the Memphis Motorsports Park tri-oval.

"USAC and all of the Weld Racing participants are looking forward to returning to Memphis and the fine facility at Memphis Motorsports Park," said Rollie Helming, President and CEO of USAC. "The track is very suitable for the Silver Crown cars plus the added attraction of having the USAC National Sprint Cars at the dirt track will make for a very entertaining and exciting racing weekend in Memphis. On behalf of the United States Auto Club, we are truly enthused to return to Memphis Motorsports Park and what we hope will become an annual venue for our schedules."

Memphis has always been known as a hot bed for sprint car drivers. Rick Hood was crowned USAC Silver Crown champion in 1985 after winning at Indianapolis Raceway Park, Oklahoma City, Parkersburg, WV and DuQuoin all in the same year. The son of the legendary Hooker Hood also won the Hulman Hundred in 1982, Oklahoma City in 1984 and Tampa, FL in 1988. Former World of Outlaws star, Jeff Swindell won four USAC Silver Crown races. The Memphis resident won the Hulman Hundred in 1987, 1991 and in 1993. He also won the DuQuoin 100 in 1990.

USAC is known for launching the careers of many top drivers in the nation today. Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Jason Leffler and Mike Bliss are all former USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown champions. Current Busch series star and former USAC Midget champion, Kasey Kahne won the Nazareth Silver Crown race earlier this season. Over the past 15 years many of the USAC champions have gone on to be winners in NASCAR. Several of the current drivers in USAC are veterans of the Indy 500 and are winners in the IRL Menard's Infiniti Pro Series.

Tickets will go on sale for both events at a later date. For more information call 800-868-8406.

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Series Sprint , USAC
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Jason Leffler , Ryan Newman , Kasey Kahne , Jeff Swindell