Hines Eyes 1st "Indoor" USAC Win at Fort Wayne! Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind., one of only 16 drivers in USAC's 49-year history to win more than 50 National feature events, will aim for his first "indoors" in the "Rumble in Fort...
Hines Eyes 1st "Indoor" USAC Win at Fort Wayne!
Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind., one of only 16 drivers in USAC's 49-year history to win more than 50 National feature events, will aim for his first "indoors" in the "Rumble in Fort Wayne" Midget program at the Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum Expo Center December 29-30. One of the fastest drivers in USAC history, he holds race records in both the Silver Crown and Sprint Car Series (138.306 mph in a 2002 Sprint race at Nazareth, Pa. and 133.164 mph in a Silver Crown race at Nazareth, Pa. in 1999).
The 2000 USAC Silver Crown and 2002 USAC Sprint Car Champion finished second in USAC's last indoor event, the 2001 "Thunder in the Dome" Midget 100-lapper in Indianapolis' RCA Dome, and would like to join brother Ted on the list of USAC indoor race winners. Ted Hines won the RCA Dome feature in 1991.
Tracy, who competed in the NASCAR Busch and Craftsman Truck Series in 2004 and recorded a fifth-place Truck finish at Mansfield, Ohio, boosted his career USAC victory total to 53 with Sprint car wins at Gas City, Ind. and Nazareth, Pa. in 2004. He now owns 29 Sprint, 21 Midget and three Silver Crown trophies.
Tracy will pilot the #24 Parker Machinery/Motorkraft Stealth/Hajduk for long-time car owner Bob Parker. In 2001 he chased Jim Hettinger to the checkered flag in the 100-lap feature at Indy's RCA Dome and also finished sixth at the Dome the previous year.
The "Rumble in Fort Wayne" marks the first time USAC has conducted an oval-track event in December since Jim Hettinger's victory in a 100-lapper at the Charlotte (N.C.) Coliseum in 1990.
The two-night "Rumble in Fort Wayne" includes 60-lap feature races each night (Dec. 29-30), with all USAC racing conducted after 7 pm each night. The races are considered "special event" status since USAC's 2004 driving championships have all concluded and the Midget races will incorporate for the first time National, Regional, Kenyon and Ford Focus cars.
Gary Bettenhausen, one of USAC's greatest drivers ever, will serve as the "Rumble in Fort Wayne" Grand Marshal and will make an appearance Dec. 30 to sign autographs. Special limited-edition Gary Bettenhausen posters will be available for race fans attending the Fort Wayne events. Tickets for "Rumble in Fort Wayne," which also includes UMRA TQ and Kart action, are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and can be charged by phone at (260) 424-1811.