INAUGURAL "TONY STEWART CLASSIC" SET FOR JULY 25
Information proved by the USAC Press Office
United Auto States Auto Club (USAC) midget racers will join racers from numerous other midget racing groups at the inaugural 100-lap ‘Tony Stewart Classic’ Midget race scheduled for July 25 2015 at the historic Lincoln Tech Indianapolis Speedrome in the Hoosier capital.
The special ‘Tony Stewart Classic’ non-points event will bring together midget racers from across the country for what promises to be an exciting night of pavement short-track racing on the track which has hosted more USAC races than any other track in history.
494 total USAC races have been contested on the one-fifth mile paved oval located on Kitley Avenue on Indianapolis' southeast side. USAC racing at the Indianapolis Speedrome dates back to August 1958 when Gene Hartley, the winner of USAC's first-ever race in 1956 won a 50-lap Midget feature. Hartley later promoted the Speedrome along with fellow retired race car driver Leroy Warriner.
Indianapolis Speedrome Managing Partner Larry Curry is extremely encouraged by the support the racing community has offered in regards to this challenging event, scheduled for the night before the ‘Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard’ NASCAR (National Association of Stock Car Racing) Sprint Cup series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"We are all very excited to have the opportunity to have such a great event in honor of Tony Stewart, who scored his first USAC feature win on August 9 1991 at the Indianapolis Speedrome," said Curry. "I was very lucky to have Tony as my race car driver, as well as work for him. He is a very special person, and one that I feel very lucky to refer to as a friend."
"The Indianapolis Speedrome is a special place for me," said Tony Stewart. "It's a huge honor to have a race named after me. I always enjoyed racing there and I'm sure July 25 will be an enjoyable atmosphere for the competitors and the fans."