By Jake Thompson
BROWNSBURG — Racing action begins this coming week at Lucas Oil Raceway, kicking off its 2013 season. Dating back to 1960, the raceway has hosted many great events and that tradition continues.
Sitting on 267 acres of land, LOR includes a .686-mile oval, quarter-mile dragstrip, and 2.5-mile, 15-turn road course. The facilities give a range of motorsports the opportunity to compete from amateurs to the best professionals in the world.
“We’re very excited opening week is upon us, especially after the long cold winter,” Sales and Marketing Manager Craig Emsweller said. “All the snow we had has given everyone a little more excitement over spring and the opening of Lucas Oil Raceway. We’re ready to hear the roar of racecars instead of snow plows!”
Probably best known for hosting the NHRA U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend, the raceway is home to many other quality events throughout the year.
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Running April 14 to open the oval will be the third annual Cabin Fever Championships presented by CRA. Four divisions — Late Model Sportsman, Street Stocks, Modifieds and Compacts — will compete with pits opening at 8 a.m., practice beginning at 11 a.m., qualifying set to start at 12:30 p.m., and racing set to kick off at 2:30 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for younger children.
The Summit Racing Equipment ET Bracket Series starts things off April 14 as well, at LOR’s dragstrip. Cars from the Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Pro Bike, and Junior (majors and minors) divisions will all compete.
“The Summit Racing Equipment ET Bracket Series is a highly competitive series, and we are thrilled to have them back at Lucas Oil Raceway,” Emsweller said. “The series is a blast to watch all summer long.”
Gates open at 7 a.m. with qualifying at 9 a.m. and eliminations to follow.
A “test and tune” for the Bracket Series is scheduled for April 7, with a cost of $30 per driver and $10 for crewmembers and spectators alike. Gate 8 will open at 10 a.m. and action begins and runs from noon to 5 p.m.
Following the Summit Racing “test and tune” Sunday, LOR gears up for the return of the popular Wild Wednesdays that begin April 10.
Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing set to begin at 5:30 p.m. For $20, anyone can bring their car or motorcycle to race in a legal and controlled environment, giving amateur dragsters the opportunity to showcase their racing skills. Spectators can watch for $5; children 12 and younger are admitted free.
“Wild Wednesday gives you a chance to take your car off the street, and race it on the dragstrip,” Emsweller said. “(It’s) a fun environment that provides anyone a chance to be a racer. It’s especially exciting early in the year to see if the drivers have made the correct adjustments over the winter to shave off time from the previous year.”
There’s never a lack of events at LOR and racing action continues now through the end of the season.
“The opening week is one of our favorite weeks of the year,” Emsweller said. “April is a busy month, which includes the NHRA Spring Spectacle of Speed April 26 through 28. The event features the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, which includes Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars.
“It’s great to know that we have wonderful events scheduled throughout the summer, showcased by the Visit Hendricks County Night Before the 500 May 25, and the 59th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals Aug. 28 through Sept. 2. Every weekend we have something going on at Lucas Oil Raceway and we’re ready for all the racing action.”
For more information on any of these events and more, visit the website at www.lucasoilraceway.com.