Indy IRP pre-race news 2005-06-06

3RD ANNUAL HENDRICKS COUNTY NIGHT AT IRP RETURNS WITH THE THURSDAY NIGHT HEAT USAC SPRINT CAR RACE INDIANAPOLIS (June 6, 2005) Indianapolis Raceway Park in conjunction with the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau (HCCVB) will hold...

3RD ANNUAL HENDRICKS COUNTY NIGHT AT IRP RETURNS WITH THE THURSDAY NIGHT HEAT USAC SPRINT CAR RACE

INDIANAPOLIS (June 6, 2005) Indianapolis Raceway Park in conjunction with the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau (HCCVB) will hold the 3rd Annual Hendricks County Night at IRP on June 9th. During the evening the USAC Sprint car series will be the featured event in the running of the Thursday Night Heat Race.

Gates will open for the event at 4:00 P. M., and the pre-race ceremonies will begin at 8:45 P. M.

"For our 3rd year, we are very excited to be involved with a USAC event where great racing is a standard," states Emory Lencke, Executive Director of the HCCVB. "This is just another great quality of life event we can offer both residents and visitors of Hendricks County."

The HCCVB, the Hendricks County Flyer and Hendricks Regional Health are the sponsors for the event.

"The HCCVB is a tremendous partner and ally to IRP," said Ron Anderson, general manager, Indianapolis Raceway Park. "We are very excited they are an integral part of this event and the residents of Hendricks County can watch fantastic night of USAC racing at their hometown track."

Pastor Roger L. Stroup of Calvary Chapel of Danville will give the invocation, and Susie Friend, Hendricks County United Way will serve as the Grand Marshall for the event. Local resident Shane Ray, of Brownsburg, will sing the national anthem.

Racing features the USAC Sprint Car Series and the locally owned Indy United Racing League.

IRP is located just 2 miles west of Brownsburg on US Highway 136. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, and children 12 and under are free. For more information contact the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 317-718-8750.

One of five drag racing facilities owned and operated by the National Hot Rod Association, IRP was built in 1960 and has presented organized racing events since 1961. From March through October, the facility hosts more than 120 dates of racing on three tracks, a quarter-mile drag strip, a .686-mile paved oval and a 2.5-mile road course. Home to drag racing's biggest event, the NHRA U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend, the drag strip runs more than 50 days of point-to-point action, from national events to street legal community programs. The oval track draws racing's biggest events, including annual visits from the NASCAR Busch, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and three annual USAC races. The road course provides a home for several racing sanctions, such as SCCA, while providing an ideal resource for driving schools, corporate outings and open-road tests for professional drivers.

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