To watch the best drivers from around the country, as far as Florida, Texas, California and Kentucky, show off their extraordinary driving skills, motoring enthusiasts are advised to ensure that they attend the 34th Annual World Figure 8 Championship on 11 September 2010. It is where more than ninety drivers will continue to drive in a figure of eight, non-stop, for three hours. The thrill and excitement of this event is not to be missed, and is an event that the entire family can enjoy.
To find out more information about this historical track and the World Figure 8 Championship, visit the Indianapolis Speedrome website at www.speedrome.com.
Date: 11 September 2010
Venue: Indianapolis Speedrome
Country: United States of America
The Milwaukee Mile is a racetrack found in West Allis, Wisconsin, USA. It has been one of the main venues for American motor sports since 1903, holding at least one race a year. It is officially the oldest operating motor speedway throughout the world, with Indianapolis Motor Speedway beginning eight years later in 1911. The Milwaukee Mile has played a large part in determining the face of auto racing during the past century.
Before 1953 the Milwaukee Mile was operated as a dirt track, but was paved in 1954, leaving the dirt infield track for weekly programs that took place during the 50’s and 60’s. It was repaved again once the 1967 season came to a closure and by 1970 the quarter mile dirt track and the half-mile road course were converted to accommodate the pit area.
The Legendary Oval has a list of past winners that are part of racing history, including names such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Barney Oldfield, Parnelli Jones, Rex Mays, A.J. Foyt, the Unsers and the Andrettis. The track is also known for being the only track to hold races for the Indy Racing League, NASCAR and the Champ Car World Series. NASCAR used Milwaukee for two Busch Series stock car races in 1984 and 1985. In 1993 the NASCAR Busch Series went back to Milwaukee where Steve Grissom won the event. Since then the Busch Series has been running every year from the Milwaukee Mile. Similarly the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series began its course in Milwaukee in 1995 and has returned every season.
After hosting NASCAR and IndyCar Series races for many years, it was announced at the end of 2009 that the Milwaukee Mile would not be hosting any events for these two sanctioning bodies in 2010. Instead the races traditionally held in Wisconsin will be hosted by Road America. Nevertheless, this legendary oval will no doubt continue to play a role in hosting other auto racing events.
The United States F1 Grand Prix is a motor racing event that was first part of the American Grand Prize series and then was later made part of the Formula One World Championship. Since 1959 it has taken place in many different locations at varying times. Years back in the history of Formula One, the Indianapolis 500 was viewed as a Formula One championship event but with the exception of Alberto Ascari in 1952, no other F1 drivers took part in these races. It was only seven years later that the first official Formula One event took place in the States, attracting many excellent drivers to the sport.
The American Grand Prize series organised the United States Grand Prix in 1908 and 1910 to 1916. Alec Ulmann, a Russian by birth, organized the first ever F1 American Grand Prix at Sebring, Florida in 1959 as the last race in the season. Several American drivers took part but it was Bruce McLaren from New Zealand, driving a Cooper who won the race. Not only was he the youngest driver to take part but also it was his first ever win in F1.
Alec Ulmann decided to move the race in 1960, to the Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California. Stirling Moss, one of the drivers taking part, excited the crowd to no end when he won from pole position in his privately owned Lotus. Cameron Argetsinger was asked to host the race in 1961 at Watkins Glen, New York, where international road racing was well known. Unlike the other two races, this one did financially well making Watkins Glen, United States Grand Prix’s home.
The United States Grand Prix moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1984. The racetrack was included the surface streets in and around the Texas State Fair Park. Unfortunately, during the support race the Fair Park circuit was badly damaged, requiring repairs the morning of the Formula One race. Further problems developed after the race due to the oppressive heat leaving Formula One no choice but to stop using the Texas State Fair Park, leaving the United States Grand Prix East as the only F1 race. The next United States Grand Prix to take place was in 2000 at the Legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Over 225,000 fans came to watch, the largest crowd ever in Formula One. Michael Schumacher crossed the finish line in first place, going on to win again in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, with Mika Hakkinen winning in 2001, Rubens Barrichello in 2002 and Lewis Hamilton in 2007 – the last year a F1 Grand Prix Championship race took place in the United States.
Welcome to America’s speedway! The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was built on 328 acres of farmland 7 miles north-west of downtown Indianapolis in the spring of 1909. It didn’t start out as one of the most famous racetracks in the world. It was planned as a year-round testing facility for the fast-growing automobile industry in Indiana. Occasional race meets would be presented at the track, featuring those very same manufacturers racing their products against each other. The basic marketing logic being that spectators would be more apt to purchase a new car if they saw its performance on a race-track.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway was originally four turns, each banked at nine degrees and 12 minutes and measuring exactly 440 yards from entrance to exit, were linked together by a pair of long straights and, at the north and south ends of the property, by a pair of short straights to form a rectangular-shaped 2 ½ mile track as dictated by the confines of the available land.
Check out these track statistics:
Road Course: total track length: 2.605 miles (4.192 kilometers)
Main straight length: 3,037 feet (926 meters)
Back straight length: 1,755 feet (535 meters)
Total turns: 13 (Left turns – 4; Right turns – 9)
Average track width: 46 feet (14 meters)
Expected Lap Time: 72 seconds
Expected average speed: 130 mph (210 kph)
Expected highest speed: 187 mph (301 kph)
Race Distance: 190.294 miles (306.235 km), 73 laps
Time limit on Race: FIA rules stipulate that Formula 1 races have a maximum time limit of two hours. This race should be completed in less than two hours, barring an emergency stoppage.
The original surface of Indianapolis Motor Speedway was made of nothing but crushed rock and tar, which proved to be disastrous at the opening motorcycle and automobile racing events in August of 1909. So a staggering 3,200,000 paving bricks were imported by rail from the western part of the state. They were laid on their sides in a bed of sand and fixed with mortar, thus inspiring the nickname “The Brickyard.” The name has stood forever more.
Asphalt was first applied to the rougher portions of the track in 1936, and by 1941, all but the greater part of the straightaway had become blacktop. The remainder of the bricks were finally covered over in the fall of 1961. Most of the original paving bricks are still in place underneath the modern asphalt surface, with only the famous “yard of bricks” still exposed at the start/finish line as a nostalgic reminder of the past.
The track has changed ownership only twice. With Carl Fisher heavily involved in the development of Miami Beach and Jim Allison’s nearby engineering company growing rapidly, the foursome sold Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1927 to a group headed up by WWI flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker (Rickenbacker had actually driven in several Indy 500s before he ever knew how to fly).
These days the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, opened in 1909, is the world’s largest spectator facility and the only racetrack to host the Indy Racing League, NASCAR and Formula One. Since 1911, the Speedway has been the home of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indianapolis 500 each May. The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard (formerly Brickyard 400) has quickly become one of NASCAR’s most coveted races since the inaugural event in 1994 and heats up the track in late July. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway completed the Triple Crown of Racing in 2000 with the addition of June’s United States Grand Prix, the only Formula One race run in the United States.
The O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis has got fans excited after releasing the details of the 2009 racing schedule earlier this week. The park will see favorites such as NHRA, NASCAR and Super Chevy returning to the track. It will also see a few new events such as the Pinks All Out.
Speaking about the new Pinks All Out race, Ron Anderson, O’Reilly Raceway Park’s general manager, said that they were excited to welcome the crew as “they bring an exciting and energetic event to our world famous drag strip.” He added: “The entire staff also looks forward to all of our weekly programs, premier events such as Kroger SpeedFest, Mac Tools US Nationals and all the events that have made O’Reilly Raceway Park one of the busiest racing venues in the nation.”
So exactly what are some of the great events you can expect to enjoy at this brilliant location during the course of the next racing season? The NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional race will be taking place in April, while the 55th installment of the annual Mac Tools US Nationals will be returning to the track on Labor Day weekend. The Goodguys Hot Rod Nationals, the Indy Import Truck Bash, the Diesel Hot Rod Nationals and the Super Chevy Show will also be making their way to the O’Reilly Raceway Park later this year.
Of course the year wouldn’t be quite the same without the weekly drag races that take place at the O’Reilly Raceway and so the O’Reilly Tuesday Night Street Legal Series will be returning to the track for the duration of 2009. Both racers and spectators can expect to enjoy some great discounts if they are regulars at this event. The VP Fuels E.T. Bracket Racing Series will be hitting the track in summer, along with the test and tunes that go with it.
NASCAR will be featured on the track for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. They will be in good company with the USAC series and the Advance Racing Association and the Advance Racing Association Late models which will both be returning to the track during the course of the year. Clearly 2009 will feature plenty of top-notch racing at the O’Reilly Raceway Park. Make sure you don’t miss out on any of the action!