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USAC Silver Crown Series joins Phoenix Grand Prix race weekend

The roots of open-wheel racing will return to Phoenix Raceway as part of the Verizon IndyCar Series race weekend in April, with the announcement today by track officials that the USAC Silver Crown Series will race on April 28-29 as a prelude to the Phoenix Grand Prix.

The Phoenix Copper Cup will mark the first time that Silver Crown cars will race on the 1-mile oval since 2009. In addition, the USAC .25 Midgets will compete on a temporary oval in the track’s fan midway on race weekend.

“We’re thrilled to add the USAC Silver Crown series to our Verizon IndyCar Series weekend,” said Bryan Sperber, Phoenix Raceway president. “The series has a tremendous history here and has produced some incredible races. I’m certain this race will be a popular addition to the Phoenix Grand Prix schedule.”

SOURCE: INDYCAR

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Naptown Buzz Podcast: December 9, 2016

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Naptown Buzz for Friday, December 9, 2016

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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PATREON

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USAC “Battle at the Brickyard” Announced for July 6-9, 2017

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and United States Auto Club announced today that a karting competition will be added to the schedule for the annual “USAC Battle at the Brickyard.” The 2017 edition of the event will take place July 6-9 and already features an action-packed schedule highlighted by the USAC Honda .25 Midget series.   

“Many of the legendary champions that have driven at IMS got their start in karting,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles. “Partnering with USAC to bring this race here is a great chance to further engage with grassroots drivers and fans. We’re looking forward to a really fun and competitive event in July.” 

“This is the first major karting competition to ever take place at IMS,” said USAC President Kevin Miller. “What a tremendous opportunity for so many drivers to experience the history and excitement of racing at such an iconic venue.” 

The race course will use the north section of the IMS road course and will include some of the widest sections ever utilized in kart racing. It will be just over 1 mile in length. There will be classes for drivers 12 & up including “club” and “national” level classes featuring Briggs & Stratton, Yamaha, Honda, Rotax and specialty karting engines. The event is closed to the public. 

USAC will launch a website just after New Year’s with more details on classes and how to register. In the meantime, follow the “USAC racing” page on Facebook and direct questions to Mike Burrell via mike@usacracing.com.

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Racing World Mourns Death of Bryan Clauson

Bryan Clauson at IMS on May 21, 2016

Bryan Clauson was happiest when he was behind the wheel of a race car. In fact, the happiest day of his life may have been earlier this year on May 29, when he had his best Indianapolis 500 finish in the afternoon and drove a sprint car to the feature victory at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway that night.

Clauson, 27, died Sunday evening from injuries sustained in a crash the night before at the Belleville (Kan.) Nationals midget race on the half-mile dirt oval. Clauson was airlifted to Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb., but did not survive.

“This is certainly a sad day for the racing community as a whole, and on behalf of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we send our deepest condolences to the family of Bryan Clauson,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Anybody who witnessed Bryan behind the wheel of a race car can attest to his elite ability, relentlessness and unbridled willingness to race anything on wheels. While he’ll be remembered most as a legend of short-track racing, his participation in the Indianapolis 500 exemplifies his fearlessness, true versatility as a competitor and the pure depth of his talent as a driver.”

Clauson, a resident of Noblesville, Ind., was considered the nation’s top short-track dirt-car driver with four U.S. Auto Club national championships – two in sprint cars and two in midgets – as well as wins in prestigious events the likes of the Chili Bowl, Turkey Night Grand Prix and Belleville Nationals.

In the mold of old-school racers like A.J. Foyt, Gary Bettenhausen and Tony Stewart, eager and willing to race anything anywhere, Clauson set a goal in 2016 of competing in 200 races, including the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Driving the No. 88 Cancer Treatment Centers of America Honda for Dale Coyne/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, Clauson finished a career-best 23rd in this year’s Indy 500 and led his first laps in the historic race.

Saturday’s race at the Belleville Nationals, where Clauson was the defending champion, was the 116th on his trek toward 200. He picked up his 27th feature win this season in the midget race Wednesday night at Beloit, Kan.

“Short-track racing has always been the heart and soul of auto racing in America,” said Doug Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “Bryan Clauson combined his passion and enthusiasm for grassroots racing with a God-given talent that made him the favorite to win every time he got in a midget or sprint car. And he proved on the world’s largest racing stage – by leading three laps in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 – that he could use that talent in just about anything with wheels.

“More importantly, he possessed a humility and character out of the race car that made him a person that fellow competitors and fans alike enjoyed being around,” Boles added. “His spirit, his positive outlook and his thrilling talent will be missed by the entire racing community. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are with the Clauson family in this difficult time.”

The native Californian earned a USAC-INDYCAR scholarship for winning the 2010 USAC national driver’s title. The scholarship earned Clauson six Indy Lights starts in 2011 in a car shared with current Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Conor Daly at Sam Schmidt Motorsports while Clauson continued to race in USAC’s national series. His best finish in eight career Indy Lights was third at Iowa Speedway in 2011.

Clauson won the scholarship award again in 2012, allowing him to make his Indianapolis 500 debut in 2012 with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, qualifying 31st and finishing 30th. Clauson returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015, finishing 31st in the Indy 500 for KVSH/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing.

Clauson also served as a development driver for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2007-08, winning an ARCA race in 2007. He made 21 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts in 2008, finishing second in rookie points where he teamed occasionally with three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti.

Clauson is survived by his parents, Tim and Di, his sister Taylor and fiancée Lauren Stewart. Funeral arrangements are pending. A memorial service in his honor will take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at a date soon to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, or to make a donation, people may direct their contributions to the USAC Benevolent Fund website at http://usacbf.org/cash-donation/ or checks should be made out to the USAC Benevolent Foundation in the name of Bryan Clauson. The address is 124 E Northfield Drive, Suite F #129, Brownsburg, IN 46112.

SOURCE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway & INDYCAR ♦ PHOTO: Brian Groce

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2012 SpeedFest at Lucas Oil Raceway

 

Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis will proudly host two premiere sanctioning bodies that will feature the young guns of racing as the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menard and USAC will be feature during SpeedFest on July 26th and 27th. Four separate races will take place during the course of two days with USAC Midgets and Silver Crown along with the Jegs All-Star CRA, ARCA CRA Super Series and the ARCA Racing Series.

Thursday night starts the event with three separate feature events. The night will start off at 7:30 pm with a JEGS/CRA All-Star feature closely followed by the 30-lap USAC Midget feature. The night will finish off with the 100-lap J.D. Byrider 100 USAC Silver Crown feature. With three different series racing this is sure to be an exciting night of racing. Tickets are available and can be purchased for $25 adult general admission, $10 children 6-12 general admission; children five and under are free. Parking is $5. Spectator gates open at 2:30 p.m.

SpeedFest will continue on Friday night with a stock car double header. The ARCA CRA Super Series will start the night off with the Fatheadz 100 Presented by Team Construction at 7 pm. Following that race will be the 200-lap Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 Presented by Federated Car Care featuring the ARCA Racing Series. All eyes will be on the young and upcoming drivers in both series during the course of the evening. Tickets are still available and can be purchased for $35 for reserved; $20 for reserved general, children 12 and under; $25 for general admission with general admission junior 6-12 $10; children five and under free. Preferred Parking can be purchased for $20 with general parking for $10. Spectator gates open at 3 p.m.

SpeedFest’s two nights of racing will feature drivers from racing series who not normally race in the respective series’. Matt Crafton, NASCAR Camping World Truck driver, will be competing in the ARCA race. He has raced at Lucas Oil Raceway numerous times in his career and should be some tough competition for ARCA points leader, Brennan Poole, who is a rookie to the tricky oval. Kenzie Ruston, the first female in the history of CRA series to win a race, will be racing in two events at Lucas Oil Raceway where she achieved that victory. Tracey Hines will compete for a second win at Lucas Oil Raceway this season in the USAC Midget race after winning the Night Before the 500. USAC Silver Crown points leader Kody Swanson will look to drive to victory lane and keep hometown driver Bobby East behind him in the championship battle.

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