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Flat Track Racing Last Updated: Jun 30th, 2015 - 10:32:41


Flat Track Racing: Night Before the Indy Mile News.
By Admin
Jun 30, 2015, 10:30

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In what has become a big weekend of stellar racing, Mid-America Speedway on Indianapolis' southeast side will again be showcasing our 'Night Before the Indy Mile' short track event that will feature the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track who will be returning to theAMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Indy Mile round on Saturday, July 11.

Sponsored by Jeff Stevens and Harley-Davidson of Bloomington, IN., the evening's races will see returning riders including last year's Open Pro Class winner and 2013 AMA Grand National Champion Brad Baker, and previous Open Pro Class winner and current AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees. Other riders expected to return to action at the track located on Indianapolis' southeast side at the Marion County Fairgrounds are Sammy Halbert, Henry Wiles, long-time track regular and Morton, IL. resident Rob 'Bugs' Pearson, Jarod Vanderkooi, and Australian Mick Kirkness, among others. This year's big race will see $1500 going to the winner, and Miriam Deitcher's Flat Track LiveandD&D Exhaustwill besponsoring a special 'Dash for Cash' race that will provide $1K to win, and an extra $500 to win if the rider is running a D&D Exhaust system. Riders will be competing on 450cc-class DTX-spec machinery and some will be rolling out their framer mounts, just like Mees did to win the 2011-13 Open Pro Class events.   

Other classes that will be contested at Mid-America during the 'Night Before the Indy Mile' race will be Open Quad, Open Bike, Open Amateur, 50cc, 65cc, 80-200 cc (two or four stroke), Youth, 250cc Money, Vet 30+, Vet 50+, Vintage Light (0-350cc), and Vintage Heavy (351cc+). Note that a rider may enter either Open Pro or Open Amateur, but NOT both. And as a special treat Mike O'Neil will be returning again this year with his fleet of 1949 Indian Arrow 250cc racers for a special race that will see former AMA Grand National greats like Charlie Roberts, Indiana's Jackie Mitchell and current AMA Pro Flat Track sponsor Tommy Duma racing aboard the little singles.

Entry fees will be for $40 for the Open Class, $30 for adult classes, and $25 for youth classes. Pit Passes will be $10 for age 10+, $5 for age 5-9, and no charge for age 4 and under. Please note that pit passes will go to $25 at 5:00 PM. Grandstand passes will be $10 for all ages 5+. Pre-entry for all riders in all classes is available on Mid-America'swebsite.

Mid-America will also be seeing Mike Hacker's RIDE Academy return to the track this year for two special class sessions, the first of which will take place on Sunday, July 12 and see AMA Pro Flat Track riders including Baker, Nichole Mees, Kenny Coolbeth, Ryan Wells, Cody Johncox and Hacker as class instructors. The second time RIDE Academy returns will be on August 10 after the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP weekend.  Any rider that commits to the July 10th RIDE Academy at Mid-America will receive a complimentary pit-pass for the Night Before the Indy Mile event on July 10th. The RIDE Academy instructors will also be on hand on July 10th to assist riders with any questions that they may have.

Gates open at 2:30 PM EDT, first practice starts at 4:30 PM  and the first heat race will roll off the line at 7:00 PM. We hope to see you there for what will again be another exciting and star-studded evening of racing at Mid-America Speedway's 'Night Before the Indy Mile' event at the Marion County Fairgrounds on Indy's southeast side!

Important Times
Gates Open: 12:00
Signup Opens: 2:30
Riders Briefing: 4:00
Practice:4:30
Heats: 7:00

Ride Academy at Mid-America

Mike Hacker will be bringing his Ride Academy to Mid-America twice in 2015.  The first date is July 12th which is the Sunday after the Indy Mile.  They then return on August 10th on the Monday after the Indianapolis MotoGP.  July 12th will be on the Mid-America Oval, and August 10th will be on a soon to be constructed TT course.  Anybody who signs up for July 12th, will get a complimentary pit pass on July 10th.  Signing up for RA on August 10th, will get you a free pit pass for August 8th.

Indy Mile

Family Events who is promoting the Duquoin and Indy Miles has tickets on sale for the Indy Mile at www.indymile.com

Directions to Mid-America

Mid-America Speedway is located at the southeast  corner of Indianapolis at the Marion County Fairgrounds.  From 465, take exit 49 and go to the first light and turn left, continue approximately 3/4 of a mile, and go over the overpass.  Bear to the left of the base of the overpass, and the entrance to Mid-America is 1/4 mile on the left.

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