Wednesday, July 24, 2019 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is celebrating the return of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget race to IMS with its second act of “From Dirt Tracks to the Brickyard,” an interactive panel discussion Tuesday, Sept. 3, with USAC racing legends and current stars.
From 4-6 p.m. (ET) in the IMS Museum gallery, join USAC (United States Auto Club) legends Mel and Don Kenyon, along with current standouts Chad Boat, Michael Pickens and Chris Windom, for a two-hour trip through USAC racing history and current storylines. Longtime USAC public address announcer and historian Pat Sullivan will serve as emcee.
The Kenyon brothers will be the featured guests for the first 40 minutes, and then Windom, Boat and Pickens will join the panel.
The early start time reflects a second invitation: Immediately following the Museum event, fans are invited to the BC39 draw party at USAC headquarters, 4910 W. 16th Street in Speedway, just west of IMS Turn 1. The draw will determine starting positions for the first night of BC39 racing at The Dirt Track at IMS on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Food and beverages will be available.
Tickets for “From Dirt Tracks to the Brickyard” are now on sale, and the audience is limited to 75, first-come, first-served. IMS Museum member tickets are just $15, and non-members are just $20.
Mel Kenyon finished fourth in the Indianapolis 500 twice (1969, 1973) and in eight starts he earned a total of four top-five finishes, but it’s his Midget racing prowess that places him among short-track racing’s legends. Mel and Don, who served as crew chief, won seven USAC Midget National championships, finished second in points eight times and won more than 110 USAC National Midget features, plus many more races in other series.
Windom has three USAC 2019 National Sprint car wins to date, most recently July 20 at Kokomo, the third race of Indiana Sprint Week. It was a major milestone for the Canton, Illinois, native, the 24th win of his USAC National Sprint car career, breaking a three-way career wins tie with A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey.
Auckland, New Zealand, resident Pickens has eight New Zealand Midget championships and won the 2016 Australian Speedcar series, the first New Zealander to do so. His most recent USAC Midget victory was June 1 in the southern Illinois town of Wayne City, less than 24 hours after a 13-hour flight from Auckland to Chicago.
Boat, the son of 1998 Indianapolis 500 pole winner Billy Boat, finished second in the inaugural BC39 a year ago. He has competed in Indy Lights and numerous NASCAR races, including the Xfinity Series race at IMS in 2014.
To secure your tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at the IMS Museum at 317-492-6568 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional IMS Museum activities: A few seats remain for the Museum’s Shop Tour Series visits (two tours) to Don Schumacher Racing on Aug. 20; contact Hartman for tickets or visit indyracingmuseum.org for information. In the wake of three sellout Distinguished Speaker Series events in spring 2019, the fall lineup will be announced shortly, as will the 2019-20 featured exhibit, scheduled to be unveiled in mid-November.
The Museum’s current featured exhibit, “Mario Andretti: ICON” presented by Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline, runs through Sunday, Nov. 10.
About the IMS Museum: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is home to one of the world’s premier motorsports and automobile collections, with interpretive emphasis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its role as a global icon of sporting tradition and innovation.
Located inside the famed 2.5-mile IMS oval, the Museum is open 363 days a year (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). It is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and relies on support from admissions, tours, sponsorships, annual memberships and planned-giving for its operations, educational programming, restoration and preservation efforts, exhibits and events.
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