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39 Reasons To Attend Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink at IMS

The number 39 is special for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series race Sept. 4-5 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It’s the number of laps in the feature race Thursday, Sept. 5. It’s the number that legendary USAC champion Bryan Clauson – the namesake of the event – carried on his race cars until his tragic passing in 2016.

And it’s the number of reasons – in no particular order – we’re going to give why you can’t miss the second annual running of this fantastic event under the lights at The Dirt Track at IMS.

1. Wheelstands. The power-to-weight ratio of USAC Midget cars is tremendous, as these small-but-potent machines weigh only 900 pounds yet are powered by engines with between 300-400 horsepower. This power, combined with a lack of aerodynamics, causes the inside left wheel on many cars to lift off the ground in a “wheelstand” when blasting out of corners.

2. Two nights of action. The Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink would be an incredible show for one night. But it’s a two-night event, with tons of action Wednesday and Thursday.

3. NASCAR and IndyCar stars. Last year, NTT IndyCar Series driver Conor Daly tried his hand at Midget racing in this event, and NASCAR standouts Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Christopher Bell also returned to their dirt roots. Expect a few IndyCar and NASCAR stars to get their dirt on again this year.

4. Wednesday night general admission. While all seats are reserved for Thursday night, Sept. 5, the entire main grandstand at The Dirt Track at IMS is general admission Wednesday night, Sept. 4. Come early and stake out your best spot to see the action.

5. Kids free Wednesday night. Since all seats Wednesday, Sept. 4 are general admission, the usual IMS policy of all kids under 15 being admitted to general admission areas when accompanied by an adult is in effect. Bring your kids to enjoy the action and catch short-track fever.

6. Racing under the lights. One of the more common questions asked about IMS by fans is, “Will they ever install lights at the Speedway?” They’re already there – in temporary form for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink! Feel the unique vibe of racing under the lights at IMS, something many longtime Speedway observers thought may never happen.

7. More Bacon, please. Fans of a hearty breakfast and USAC Racing have one thing in common: “More Bacon, please!” Brady Bacon put on a stirring drive to win the inaugural Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink last year and put himself into the IMS and USAC history books. Can “The Macho Man” repeat this year?

8. Wise young man. Zeb Wise electrified The Dirt Track at IMS crowd last year by winning the Stoops Pursuit race Wednesday night at the ripe, old age of 15. Wise, from Angola, Indiana, is back in USAC Midget action this year at 16, back with the powerful Clauson-Marshall team.

9. Sunshine. Indianapolis resident Tyler Courtney, nicknamed “Sunshine,” is one of the leaders of the powerful Clauson-Marshall team and a favorite to win the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink this year. He leads the National Midget Series standings as of July 26 and is fourth in the National Sprint Car points as one of the most talented drivers in the field.

10. Running like the Windom. Popular Chris Windom also is another favorite for victory every time he’s in the feature. And Windom also is the latest link between USAC short tracks and the Month of May, as he was entered into the Freedom 100 for the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires each of the last two years.

11. Row that Boat.
Billy Boat was one of the most popular drivers of the late 90s in the NTT IndyCar Series, winning the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge pole in 1998 for the legendary A.J. Foyt. Boat’s son, Chad Boat, is proving to be handy and quick behind the wheel, too. He finished second last year in the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink and is sixth this year in the USAC National Midget points through July 26.

12. Big car count. You want to see a lot of race cars? Then the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink is the race for you. Last year’s entry list featured 118 cars, all competing for one of the 26 spots in the feature.

13. Slide jobs. Dale Earnhardt Jr. made waves on social media last year when he yelled “slide job!” into the microphone during his debut as part of NBC’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series broadcast team. Where did that phrase originate? Short-track dirt racing! Drivers routinely slide sideways under and above rivals to make daring passes.

14. The cushion. One of the most enjoyable parts of any USAC dirt race is seeing which drivers choose to race on the “cushion,” the loose layer of dirt spread on the top line of the track by cars scrubbing away the dirt in the lower groove. The “cushion” often can provide superb grip but can be perilous because it’s inches from the retaining wall.

15. Who’s who. There’s plenty of star power on track in the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink, with top stars from USAC, NASCAR and IndyCar strapped into Midgets. But last year 2016 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge winner Alexander Rossi and NASCAR stars Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ryan Blaney were interested spectators at the race. You never know who you might see in the crowd this year!

16. Great views. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the world’s largest spectator sporting facility, massive enough to fit Vatican City, the Rose Bowl and Yankee Stadium in the infield. But The Dirt Track at IMS is an intimate venue in the infield, providing a true short-track feel and superb views of the action from every seat.

17. Track food. Forget the fad diet at the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink. All the tasty track food and beverages that you enjoy at IMS and your local short tracks will be available from a variety of vendors. Dig in and enjoy.

18. Load up on swag. There will be plenty of colorful souvenirs featuring the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink and drivers and teams at this event. Buy a hat or shirt and support the race and/or your favorite driver.

19. Hit the pits. Nothing brings you closer to the action of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink than a pit pass. You can get into the pits and see teams thrash on their cars between hot laps, qualifying, heat races and the main feature. It’s true blood, sweat and gears. Visit IMS.com to purchase your pit pass.

20. Driver autographs. Get your favorite drivers’ signature at the autograph sessions for this event. Pit pass holders often can get autographs from drivers in the pits if they’re not working on their cars or strapped into their machines. Stay tuned to IMS.com for more autograph session details.

21. Big purse. Winning at IMS is a feather that every driver wants to place into their racing helmet. But there was other incentive for drivers to go all out last year at the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink – the richest purse in Midget racing.

22. Incredible action. You need to see the wheel-to-wheel action of the USAC National Midget Series to believe it. Cars routinely race three-wide on a quarter-mile track, banging wheels and sliding past rivals with inches to spare.

23. Lots of passing. Driving a USAC Midget is almost like trying to control a bucking bronco, so expect to see plenty of passing. It’s rare to see a driver completely hooked up for the entire race, especially as track conditions change, and mistakes breed passing.

24. Multiple grooves. The Dirt Track at IMS may be only a quarter-mile long, but it’s far from a one-groove track. Watch as drivers try every line possible – from hugging the inside line all the way up to the cushion of stacked dirt inches from the retaining wall. There are many different techniques for drivers to win a USAC National Midget feature, and you’ll see them all in the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink.

25. Local heroes. The USAC National Midget Series is filled with drivers from all over the country, especially Indiana and other Midwestern states. So, if you’re watching a Midget race for the first time, there’s a very good chance you’ll find a driver in the field who may live near you, and you’ll become an instant fan.

26. Future stars of NASCAR, IndyCar. Think about all of the NASCAR and IndyCar drivers who cut their racing teeth in USAC short-track dirt racing. A.J. Foyt. Mario Andretti. Tony Stewart. Jeff Gordon. Ryan Newman. Kasey Kahne. Kyle Larson. Jason Leffler. Parnelli Jones. Johnny Rutherford. Ken Schrader. J.J. Yeley. And so many more. You may see one of the future stars of either series during the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink.

27. Remembering BC. It was always a dream of USAC champion and Indianapolis 500 veteran Bryan Clauson to see IMS build a dirt track in the infield, and he desperately wanted to race on it. BC tragically lost his life in a racing accident in August 2016, but his legacy lives on with countless fans and through this event in his name. The Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink is the perfect time to remember the warmth and talent of BC, one of the most skilled short-track racers of this – or any – generation.

28. Signing up for organ donation. Bryan Clauson took the time to register as an organ and tissue donor, so he helped to save many lives after his tragic death in 2016. You can continue BC’s legacy by registering to become an organ and tissue donor through the Indiana Donor Network right at The Dirt Track at IMS. It’s quick, easy and could save a life.

29. Earning their spot. Every driver who races in the A Main feature event earns their spot through qualifying and a series of heat races. There are no gimmes in the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink.

30. See Doug Boles slip and slide in a suit! Every IMS fan knows that track president J. Douglas Boles is one of the sharpest dressers in Indianapolis, wearing a crisp suit and dress shoes every day to the track. That doesn’t change when the venue shifts to The Dirt Track at IMS. You’ll still see Doug in his suit and shoes, seemingly everywhere all at once, just like on the big oval or road course.

31. Wave lap. One of the coolest traditions of USAC short-track racing is the wave lap. The starting field lines up on one of the pace laps, and fans all stand and wave as the cars rumble past.

32. Four-wide salute. Another neat tradition of USAC short-track racing is the four-wide salute. The starting field will line up in rows of four abreast during a pace lap, creating a visual spectacle that you’ll remember.

33. Traffic jam. It doesn’t take long for the fastest cars in the feature to encounter lapped traffic when there are 20-plus Midget cars on a quarter-mile track. Expect to see the leaders forced to thread their way through lap traffic for probably the last 25-30 laps of the 39-lap feature race.

34. Grassroots racing. IMS is the most prestigious racetrack in the world, home of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line. But it’s also the home of some of the best grassroots racing on Earth – USAC short-track racing on dirt. If you’re an NTT IndyCar Series or NASCAR fan, you owe it to yourself to return to racing’s roots for two nights.

35. Lots of races. The Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink has no shortage of races. There is a veritable alphabet soup of Mains, heat races and consolation races, in addition to hot laps and qualifying. You will get more than your money’s worth of action.

36. Winners everywhere. Last year’s Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink entry list featured 24 National Midget feature winners and eight past series champions. Expect that pedigree to continue this year for the big show.

37. Good value. Ticket prices for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink are a fine value for the incredible amount of action you’ll see. General admission tickets for Wednesday, Sept. 4 are $25, while reserved seats for Thursday, Sept. 5 start at $35. Prices increase Aug. 1, so get your tickets now at IMS.com.

38. Camping. Camping is available for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink. Get your friends together and swap stories about the great racing over a few beverages of choice and food at your tent or RV. Visit IMS.com to buy camping passes in Lot 1A.

39. Dirt track racing is cool. If reading the first 38 reasons doesn’t have you fired up to attend the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink, then consider this fact: USAC dirt track racing is cool. You will leave the track Thursday night buzzing with memories and stories to share with your friends and family. There’s nothing else quite like it in motorsports.

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