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5/21/19, 10:36 AM   #21
Re: 64th FINAL Hoosier 100 USAC Champ Cars &Mods @Indy Mile
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Can't remember what year this happened (sometime in the late 1990's, I believe) but it rained really hard after just thirty-some miles and they deemed it a complete race. Not sure, but I think Foyt was the promoter at that time.
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5/21/19, 12:26 PM   #22
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Be sure if you have not done so yet to check out the Facebook events for ALL 3 Nights of the Week of Indy at the following links:

Terre Haute Action Track: https://www.facebook.com/events/220304705575564/

Indiana State Fairgrounds Indy Mile: https://www.facebook.com/events/325022051439666/

Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis: https://www.facebook.com/events/933699190167871/
 
5/21/19, 12:31 PM   #23
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HOOSIER HUNDRED CAR COUNT EXPECTED TO BE LARGEST IN 14 YEARS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (May 21, 2019)………A bustling pit area with Champ Cars, trailers, haulers and people milling about as far as the eye can see is a sight to behold, especially when it comes to the “Hoosier Hundred.”

You’ll see that once again this coming Thursday, May 23, in the final USAC Silver Crown Champ Car race that will be held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt oval with 43 cars and drivers now entered for the prestigious race that’s been held annually since 1953.

Throughout the past 63 runnings of the event, the car count has varied from a high of 57 in 1981 and 1983 to a low of 22 in 1964, 1966 and 2012.* In recent years, the car count has rebounded and the series is at its strongest, most competitive point, from top-to-bottom, in a number of years.

This year’s anticipated car count of 43 is above the average of 38-39 cars between 1953-2018.* It’s expected to be the largest number of cars on hand since 45 machines graced the pit area in 2005, 14 years ago.* Interestingly enough, it wasn’t until the 25th running of the “Hoosier Hundred” in 1977 that the car count reached above 43.* In fact, only 17 editions of the Hoosier Hundred have had more cars than this year's field will have, and 46 races with less.

With only 18 cars starting in most of the early years, the competition was cutthroat to make the show.* The competition remains cutthroat and drivers are as hungry as ever now with 30 starters usually making the call to start the 100-lap main event.

With the field bigger than its been in nearly a decade-and-a-half, and with the emotional sentiment of finality in the air, this will be one for the record books – a sweet sendoff for one of America’s most legendary races featuring the stars of today with the presence of the ghosts of yesterday’s Indy Mile legends looking on.

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HOOSIER HUNDRED CAR COUNTS BY YEAR

1953: 35

1954: 37

1955: 36

1956: 35

1957: 33

1958: 32

1959: 31

1960: 37

1961: 32

1962: 29

1963: 29

1964: 22

1965: 30

1966: 22

1967: 30

1968: 27

1969: 32

1970: 31

1971: 36

1972: 37

1973: 35

1974: 38

1975: 40

1976: 42

1977: 44

1978: 45

1979: 43

1980: 39

1981: 57

1982: 56

1983: 57

1984: 40

1985: 46

1986: 52

1987: 48

1988: 40

1989: 39

1990: 55

1991: 51

1992: 53

1993: 41

1994: 56

1995: 50

1996: 43

1997: 49

1998: 37

1999: 38

2000: 46

2001: 45

2002: 39

2003: 40

2004: 39

2005: 45

2006: 37

2007: Rained Out

2008: Rained Out

2009: 28

2010: 36

2011: 31

2012: 22

2013: 24

2014: 26

2015: 29

2016: 33

2017: Rained Out

2018: 38

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2019 HOOSIER HUNDRED ENTRY LIST (43 CARS)

# / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / TEAM

07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)

08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Louis, MO (Kyle Steffens)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

4 ®CHRIS PHILLIPS/Plainfield, IN (Phillips-Nolen Racing)

6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

8 JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Cornell-Petrozelle Racing)

9 ®CHRIS DYSON/Pleasant Valley, NY (Chris Dyson Racing)

10 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (DMW Motorsports)

12 BRIAN TYLER/Mt. Pleasant, NC (Galas Motorsports)

14 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)

15 ®CHAD KEMENAH/Alvada, OH (Bob Hampshire)

16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)

17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Travis Welpott-Ernie Gorman Racing)

20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)

21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN (Mark Swanson Encore Team)

22 BILLY PUTERBAUGH, JR./Brownsburg, IN (Robbie Rice-PBR Motorsports)

24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)

25 ®JOEY SCHMIDT/Ellisville, MS (Sam Pierce)

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)

27 ®JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Phillips Motorsports)

30 CHUCK LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Chuck & Tammi Leary)

31 ®DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)

43 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (A.J. Felker)

47 ®AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Les & Patty Butler)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Five Three Motorsports)

56 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Foxco Racing)

57 ®DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)

66 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hardy Boys Motorsports)

74 ®CASEY BUCKMAN/Chandler, AZ (C-Buck Motorsports)

77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)

78 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong/Slinkard Racing)

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)

99 ®KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)

118 KENNY GENTRY/Henderson, KY (Kenny Gentry)

123 ®JIMMY LIGHT/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)

® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

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"Hoosier Hundred" activities get underway with pits opening at noon eastern, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4pm and practice from 4:45-6pm, with qualifications and racing to immediately follow.* Tickets are $25 for advance adult general admission and $30 the day of the event.* Infield tickets are $20, while general admission for children 11 and under is $10.* Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

A great deal is available for those who don't want to miss a single lap of "The Week of Indy.”* A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three-day prices for the Wednesday, May 22 “Tony Hulman Classic” for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Thursday, May 23 “Hoosier Hundred” for USAC Silver Crown at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and on Friday, May 24 for the Dave Steele “Carb Night Classic” Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission at Terre Haute and Lucas Oil Raceway as well as a reserved seat for the Hoosier Hundred.* To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2...y-ticket-sales

For more information on any of the events, visit http://www.trackenterprises.com/, http://www.usacracing.com/, or call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.
 
5/21/19, 1:31 PM   #24
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5/21/19, 8:49 PM   #25
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HOOSIER HUNDRED - WHAT IT MEANS TO ME

Written By: Kody Swanson - 4-Time Hoosier Hundred Winner

(Part 2 of 4 in a series of introspective short stories from the Hoosier Hundred)

As we look forward to one final ride, it is difficult to put into words just what the Hoosier Hundred, and racing at the Indiana State Fairgrounds means to me. I’m originally from Kingsburg, a small town in California, and moved to Indianapolis with my wife Jordan for the racing. Let’s be honest, it certainly wasn’t for the weather.

As an open wheel racer, Indianapolis has so many opportunities to race. There are different cars, series and divisions, there is hope that you’ll be able to make a name here, and maybe one day catch your break and find a way into the highest levels of our sport.

In 1953, the Inaugural Hoosier Hundred was contested, featuring the Championship Cars of the day on the one-mile dirt oval. While much has changed in our world since then, the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds has fundamentally remained the same. Some of the greatest racers in history and legends of our sport have competed in the Hoosier Hundred, including former winners like Mario Andretti, Jimmy Bryan, A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Al Unser, Sr., and so many more. For someone like me, it is that tradition and the history passed on before us now, that makes competing in this race, at this racetrack, so special to be a small part of.

If you’ll take a break from the nostalgia with me for a moment – how about the race itself? No, it’s not your three-wide, wheels up, bullring. It’s not your draft to pass, aerodynamic wind tunnel, and it’s not your superspeedway, waiting for the “big one,” racing either. This is the Hoosier Hundred, the 100-miler that is held on one of the most storied tracks in the entire history of auto racing.

There are subtle things about this race and running on the mile, that not everyone notices, but those who do find them and have experienced them, know just what to look for and cherish every bit of it. From the driver’s seat, you get an incredible experience all your own, and completely unique to the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

You’ll try to keep some sort of traction all while you pick up speed down the long front-straightaway, your tires spinning in the loose dirt surface, and just hoping that you’ll have the car pointed back in the right direction before you duck past the gate into turn one.

You’ll try to match your car’s angle, your wheel spin and your momentum, to build all of the speed that you can before corner exit – while walking the tight-rope – keeping your left front tire off of the inside guardrail, and your right rear from sliding out into the dust (and the wall) at the outside of turn two.

You’ll peer through the sun shining in your eyes down the long back-straightaway, feeling the track continue to narrow in alongside on you, while you try to pick your entry to turn three and begin the long slide toward that beautiful red covered bridge just beyond the outside wall.

Then you’ll pick up the throttle, feeling the horsepower beneath your feet as you aim down off of turn four, with the Coliseum to your outside and that huge covered grandstand up ahead, ready to do it all over again – and that’s only hot laps.

The Hoosier Hundred, the race itself, is an experience that you won’t find anywhere else - even no other dirt mile has the shape nor the demeanor of the Indiana State Fairgrounds and the “Hoosier.” You get to race the track and your competition, and for a full 100 miles, the only constant is that everything is changing. Your tires and fuel burn away, while the track rubbers in, but with every tire that crosses ahead of you, the track itself changes some more. The pace will change, the racing line will change, throttle and braking points will change, all while some may never notice them happening – and no one able to notice them all.

I have loved this race for many different reasons, but to me, this might be my last real and tangible opportunity to be connected to the ‘big-time’ and the heroes cemented in the history of our sport. The Hoosier Hundred and the Indiana State Fairgrounds have the rich tradition and legacy that creates an atmosphere capable of sending chills down your spine, that has given us a chance to stand where the legends before us did, and that have turned a racetrack into a landmark for racers everywhere.

I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to drive one of USAC’s Championship Cars in the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Mile, and to have competed in one of the greatest traditions in our entire sport.

"Hoosier Hundred" activities get underway with pits opening at noon eastern, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4pm and practice from 4:45-6pm, with qualifications and racing to immediately follow.* Tickets are $25 for advance adult general admission and $30 the day of the event.* Infield tickets are $20, while general admission for children 11 and under is $10.* Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

A great deal is available for those who don't want to miss a single lap of "The Week of Indy.”* A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three-day prices for the Wednesday, May 22 “Tony Hulman Classic” for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Thursday, May 23 “Hoosier Hundred” for USAC Silver Crown at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and on Friday, May 24 for the Dave Steele “Carb Night Classic” Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission at Terre Haute and Lucas Oil Raceway as well as a reserved seat for the Hoosier Hundred.* To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2...y-ticket-sales

For more information on any of the events, visit http://www.trackenterprises.com/, http://www.usacracing.com/, or call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.
 
5/21/19, 11:20 PM   #26
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Why is there a Car Count for 1996? There was NOT a Hoosier Hundred that year. Only the Hulman 100.
 
5/23/19, 3:21 AM   #27
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If I was not in recovering in hospital from kidney surgery I'm sure if I would go support the final ever auto race at the fairgrounds and line the pockets of the fair board remember the fair board ade this in favor of the horse and pony shows I'm sure if I would it if I was able for those going if it don't rain rain enjoy take pictures keep the memories
 
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5/23/19, 8:49 AM   #28
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I’m no meteorologist but looking at a couple different radar images, looks like it’s just getting done raining in Indy. Hopefully no one was hurt or had too much damage after the severe weather overnight. Anyone local to Indy have an idea how much rain came and if it will affect the event?
 
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5/23/19, 9:47 AM   #29
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20 minutes east of Fairgrounds it rained for a good 3 hours, heavy at first and then just a steady light rain for majority of the time. Sun is out now, without any further rain, I’d say it’ll be messy in areas of infield parking etc but the track hopefully can hold what we’ve gotten.
 
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5/23/19, 10:00 AM   #30
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i sure hope that they get this in tonight and that there are people hanging from the rafters!!
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