COLUMBUS JOINS FORT WAYNE ON 2008 INDOOR SLATE United States Auto Club indoor Midget racing, which dates back to the first race in USAC's 53-year history, continues this fall and winter, beginning with the "Buckeye Bowl Indoor...
COLUMBUS JOINS FORT WAYNE ON 2008 INDOOR SLATE
United States Auto Club indoor Midget racing, which dates back to the first race in USAC's 53-year history, continues this fall and winter, beginning with the "Buckeye Bowl Indoor Midget Car Nationals" Nov. 1 at the State Fairgrounds Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. The race, announced today by Rumbleseries.com President Tony Barhorst, is the first of three currently scheduled under a roof this year.
Races are also scheduled Dec. 26-27 at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center in Fort Wayne, Ind., located adjacent to the Allen County Memorial Coliseum, site of USAC's inaugural race in 1956.
USAC's National, Regional, Kenyon and Ford Focus machines will combine for the Columbus event, with a 60-lapf feature on tap. A load-in, practice and Halloween Pit Party are also scheduled on Oct. 31. The Outlaw Modified 600 cc Midgets take off their wings to run their full show and a 50-lap feature. The Lucas Oil Quarter Midgets, and Junior Sprints will also compete as well as karts in various classes of competition.
The load in starts at noon on Oct. 31 with practice running from 6 pm to 10 pm. A Halloween Pit Party will be Friday during and after practice. The pits open at 7:30 am on Saturday, Nov. 1, the front gates open at noon, with the full USAC event after 7 pm.
"I have put a lot of thought into how we can improve on the event we had at Columbus in January of 2007", said Barhorst.
"The Nov. 1 date should have warmer temperatures that will help with the cars going from the pit building across the alley into the Coliseum. We are going to try to make the track a few feet wider, and use large ATV's with rollbars to push the midgets off, instead of the pickup trucks that were used at the last event.
"I am looking to possibly add one more venue to our Columbus and Fort Wayne events to make this a true indoor series. The best part our series plays is the unique showcase it is for new talent like 2007 Fort Wayne winner Billy Wease, and 2007 Columbus winner Blake Fitzpatrick," said Barhorst.