“TONY HULMAN CLASSIC” UP FIRST ON MAY 26
The storied Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track opens an ambitious 2011 schedule of events with the May 26 “Tony Hulman Classic” AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car race. The race is one of four to be sanctioned by the United States Auto Club, which has been designated as the track operator this season.
The “Sumar Classic 100” for USAC’s Traxxas Silver Crown cars is slated July 3, while the “Indiana Sprint Week” race for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprints, titled the “Don Smith Classic,” is scheduled July 13. The AMSOIL Sprint Cars will return to the Terre Haute oval on September 10. The July 13 race will honor the many contributions to the sport of one of Terre Haute’s most prominent citizens, banker and former race organizer Don Smith.
“We certainly recognize the importance of the Terre Haute half-mile and are excited about the coming season of events,” says USAC Competition Director Dave Brzozowski. “The track has hosted 224 USAC races dating back to 1956 and we are looking forward to continuing the great traditions established there.”
Additional dates with other sanctioning bodies are being explored and ticket information will be available soon.
Earl Motter won the first USAC race at Terre Haute, a 100-lap Midget race in 1956. In the ensuing years drivers compiling" the most USAC wins at the famed oval include Rich Vogler (13), Jack Hewitt (11), Gary Bettenhausen (10), J.J. Yeley (8), Bubby Jones and Roger McCluskey (7), Levi Jones and Sheldon Kinser (6) and Jim Hurtubise, Pancho Carter and Don Branson (5).
Jon Stanbrough won twice in Sprint cars at the Action Track last year. Levi Jones won the Silver Crown race and Jerry Coons Jr. also won a Sprint race.
The May 26 “Tony Hulman Classic” continues a tradition dating back to 1971 when George Snider won the inaugural running of what has become a coveted National event.