"Indianapolis Twin 25s" in September continue USAC tradition spanning a half-cenetury. Only 11 times in 45 tries in 46 years has a driver been able to win two USAC Midget Car features at the same track on the same day. On September 27 a similar...
"Indianapolis Twin 25s" in September continue USAC tradition spanning a half-cenetury.
Only 11 times in 45 tries in 46 years has a driver been able to win two USAC Midget Car features at the same track on the same day. On September 27 a similar feat will be worth an estimated all-time record $70,000 as the "Indianapolis Twin 25s" plays to an international audience at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
The newest event on the 2002 USAC racing calendar, subtitled "A Salute to the Racing Capital of the World," features the National Midget Car Series in twin 25-lap feature events on IRP's ultra-fast .686-mile paved oval the Friday night before the United States Grand Prix, which will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
A $50,000 cash bonus has been posted for any driver who can win both features. The second race will start fully inverted from the first race finish! Additional USAC prize money and lap prizes would contribute to the estimated $70,000 grand total.
Race organizer Steve Lewis of Premier Racing Entertainment in Laguna Beach, Calif. describes the event as "Monza style," referring to a similar format used when the Indy cars competed in the famed "Race of Two Worlds" at Monza, Italy in 1957 and 1958. Those races features three segments each.
The IRP event marks the first time in a decade for USAC Midget "twins" at the same track. Kenny Irwin, Jr. and Dan Drinan won 30-lap features at IRP in 1992.
The "tradition" of USAC "doubleheaders" actually started with a "tripleheader" on May 29, 1956 when Shorty Templeman recorded victories in all three main events at the paved 16th Street Speedway. Templeman's feat includes an asterisk, though, as the third feature was actually contested in the early morning hours of May 30.
In subsequent years, Jimmy Davies, Don Meacham, Chuck Arnold, Mel Kenyon, Jimmy Caruthers, Johnny Parsons, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter and Rich Vogler each recorded "twin" sweeps, Vogler repeating his 1978 "sweep" at Salem, IN with a similar "sweep" at Terre Haute, Ind. in 1985, the last time a driver accomplished the feat. It's been nearly a quarter-century since Vogler's Salem "sweep," the last on pavement.
Carter is the only other driver with a pavement "sweep" (Salem in 1977), while the 1-mile dirt DuQuoin (IL) State Fairgrounds yielded "sweeps" to Bigelow (1972), Parsons (1971), Caruthers (1970), Kenyon (1969) and Arnold (1966). Don Meacham won a pair of features at the Fairbury (Ill.) Fairgrounds in 1966 and Jimmy Davies won a pair at the Springfield (Ill.) Speedway in 1965.
USAC National Midget Car Champion says: "Every driver I've talked to plans to enter the Indianapolis Twin 25s. It's going to be one of the biggest races of the year and one of the biggest Midget Car races of all time."
General admission tickets for the "Indianapolis Twin 25s," priced at $19, will be available for purchase online at www.indytwin25s.com.