Speedrome "Open Wheel Wednesdays" Debut The Blossom Chevrolet Indianapolis Speedrome opens its 2004 USAC "Open Wheel Wednesday" slate this week, kicking off the season with events offering points toward four different series ...
Speedrome "Open Wheel Wednesdays" Debut
The Blossom Chevrolet Indianapolis Speedrome opens its 2004 USAC "Open Wheel Wednesday" slate this week, kicking off the season with events offering points toward four different series championships.
After a four-year hiatus, USAC returns to the 1/5-mile paved oval for three 50-lappers involving the Speedrome Regional Midgets, Kenyon Midgets and the Midwest and Speedrome Ford Focus Midgets. Practice starts at 5 pm and racing is scheduled to begin at 7.
Offering 250 laps of racing every Wednesday night, the Speedrome gives entry-level racers a great venue to hone their skills, while giving race fans an economical night of family fun. A total of 16 "tripleheaders" are on tap, all on Wednesdays, except for the May 27 "Rich Vogler Night" program, which is Carburetion Night, the Thursday prior to the Indianapolis 500.
Defending "open-wheel" champions at the Speedrome are Sondi Eden (Midgets) and Brian Clawson (Kenyon Midgets), while Robbie Ray won last year's Indiana Ford Focus Midget title.
Trenton Darland, son of USAC Triple Crown Champion Dave Darland, currently leads the USAC Midwest Ford Focus standings going into the Speedrome opener.
Coupled with the "Big M Motorfest" USAC races in Memphis, Tenn. Friday and Saturday, the Speedrome "tripleheader" kicks off a week where race fans have an opportunity to see participants compete for six different USAC championships on three completely different types of tracks and surfaces. The Weld Racing Silver Crown Cars are at the 3/4-mile Memphis Motorsports Park pavement on Saturday afternoon, following Friday night's Valvoline National Sprint Car and Midwest Ford Focus Midget racing on the complex's 1/4-mile dirt track.
Among returning champions at the Speedrome this Wednesday are USAC's last Regional Midget king, Daryl Campbell, who won the 2000 crown, and 1999 champ John Sluss, who halted Michael Lang's domination with a sensational charge to the title in the final race.
Lang is the all-time leader in terms of Speedrome USAC Midget wins, with 54. He won five Speedrome titles, including four in a row from 1994-1997. In 1996 Lang established the consistency mark at the Speedrome, winning six consecutive feature events!