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IMS To Get Dirty

| , RacinToday.com Tuesday, June 26 2018

Indy Speedway will add some dirt. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway will add to its claim as “Racing Capital of the World” with construction of a quarter-mile dirt track inside its famous oval to host a United States Auto Club Midget National Championship event during Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard race week in early September.

Race week will feature a variety of action with the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship competing in a two-night event _ the Driven2SaveLives BC39, on Wednesday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 6. The event will honor the late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and will increase awareness of Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.

The Driven2SaveLives BC39 will include a unique format ending with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner’s payoff, the largest in Midget racing.
Dirt and asphalt racers from around the country have expressed interest in the event, with a large and diverse field _ including NASCAR Cup Series drivers _ expected to compete.

“This is an exciting new chapter of the longtime relationship between USAC and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and reinforces the connection between short-track racing and this facility,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The Speedway truly is ‘The Greatest Race Course in the World,’ and adding a dirt track will create even more opportunities for fans to enjoy the magic of IMS. We can’t wait to see some of the best drivers and teams in America compete here during Brickyard race week.”

Construction of The Dirt Track at IMS, located inside Turn 3 of the oval, started last week with the first loads of Indiana clay arriving for grading. Concrete walls and safety fencing will be constructed during the summer, and portable lights will illuminate the track.

Reece O’Connor of Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway is overseeing track design and layout and supervising the construction. Allegiant International, a multinational advisory and consultancy firm based in Indianapolis, is facilitating the project.

The United States Auto Club and IMS were synonymous for many years after the sanctioning body was formed in 1956 by IMS owner Tony Hulman. USAC was the sanctioning body for the Indianapolis 500 from 1956 through 1997.

“Over the years, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has played such a critical part not only in the formation but also the successful growth of the United States Auto Club,” USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller said. “Our roots originated at IMS, and our passion continues to reside here. To have USAC return to hosting a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a historic and exciting new chapter for our Midget series. We are beyond thrilled for both our competitors and fans to add this race to our 2018 calendar.”

| , RacinToday.com Tuesday, June 26 2018
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