USAC and other midget racing groups will join forces to stage the inaugural "Tony Stewart Classic" on July 25 at the Lincoln Tech Indianapolis Speedrome.
The special, non-points event will bring together Midget participants from across the country in a night of pavement short-track racing on a speedway that has hosted more USAC races than any in history. A total of 494 USAC races have been contested at the one-fifth mile paved oval, located on Indianapolis' southeast side.
Speedrome Managing Partner Larry Curry said he is encouraged by the support shown by the racing community for the inaugural event, which occurs the night before the "Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at 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 at the 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."
USAC racing at the Speedrome dates back to 1958 when Gene Hartley, the winner of USAC's first-ever race in 1956, won a 50-lap Midget feature.
"The Indianapolis Speedrome is a special place for me," says 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."