World of Outlaws $20,000-to-win Event at I-55 Raceway Named 'Ironman 55' Thanks to Oklahoma Fan CONCORD, N.C. -- April 23, 2009 -- The call went out for race fans to name the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series inaugural $20,000-to-win event on...
World of Outlaws $20,000-to-win Event at I-55 Raceway Named 'Ironman 55' Thanks to Oklahoma Fan
CONCORD, N.C. -- April 23, 2009 -- The call went out for race fans to name the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series inaugural $20,000-to-win event on Aug. 7-8 at I-55 Raceway, and the fans responded. Hundreds of entries poured in, but it was a Donny Schatz fan from Oklahoma who emerged on top with his "Ironman" suggestion for what will be a never-before-seen 55-lap A-main.
This will be the longest, most grueling World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-main in history. Never before has the "Greatest Show on Dirt" run a 55-lap main event, and combined with the incredible speeds generated on the high-banked 1/3-mile oval, winning the Ironman 55 will be a challenging test of endurance and skill.
Dean Brandt, originally from Minot, N.D., where Schatz was raised, submitted the Ironman entry early on and it continued to hold up throughout the contest. Brandt will be honored by waving the green flag during the four abreast parade lap at the inaugural $20,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start 55-lap monster of a race.
The decision was not easy as hundreds of names were entered for the event. Ultimately, Brandt's "Ironman" theme resonated with series and track officials, who made the already grueling event 55 laps to match the track's name.
"I am very excited to have named this event," Brandt said. "I never thought I would be naming a World of Outlaws event."
After racing 30 laps at I-55 on Friday, Aug. 7, it will take an ironman to survive 55 laps on Saturday, Aug. 8.
"Nobody has attempted to last 55 laps at I-55 Raceway, making it a must-see event this summer," said Ray Marler, who co-owns I-55 with Ken Schrader. "There's no doubt this will push some teams to the edge, but for $20,000 it's a challenge worth meeting."
Tickets will no doubt go quickly at the track just south of St. Louis in Pevely, Mo. Make sure to reserve your seats ahead of time by calling 636-479-3219. Visit www.ironman55.com for more information.