Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg began as the brainchild and investment project of a handful of local businessmen in 1958. Then, in 1960, they hosted their first there on the newly completed quarter-mile dragstrip. Since then, the raceway has only grown.
Race Enthusiasts Love Lucas Oil Raceway
Now, Lucas Oil Raceway holds a busy schedule that runs from March to October, and there’s surely a time and event that will hold the interest of any racing enthusiast. Classic car showcasing, drag racing, oval racing, professional, seasoned racers, amateur racers new to the craft — Lucas Oil Raceway has events for all of these, and much more.
In August, for example, the Red Bull Global Rallycross is held there, and in September, the Raceway holds the United States Auto Club (USAC) Classic and the CRA Fall Brawl. And be sure to bring your autograph book. Often, fans have opportunities to interact with the racers and get their autographs.
A full schedule can be found on the Raceway’s website (lucasoilraceway.com), including dates for each of the Bracket Series that stretch over the course of the summer, culminating in the National Hot Rod Assn. (NHRA) Division 3 ET Bracket Series Finals in September.
Wild Wednesday at Lucas Oil Raceway
One event, Wild Wednesday, is intended for amateur racers, with dates scattered throughout every month except September. These nights are set aside for anyone with a valid driver’s license and a desire to race their vehicles on the same strip that is world-renowned and has been used by professionals every year since the NHRA agreed to hold the U.S. Nationals there in 1961.
Drivers are welcome to race for a small fee as long as their vehicle meets safety standards. This is a family-friendly event with spectators welcome to come cheer their favorite racers on for $10, while children 12 and under get in free.
The Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals
If you’d like to come in for one of the raceway’s most popular events, the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, you may be interested in staying for a while to avoid the heavy traffic. Dry camping is an option as long as there’s space to rent.
And while the typical racing event foods such as nachos, funnel cakes and beverages are available, you’re permitted to bring your own coolers into the events as long as they’re smaller than 14x14x14. Just remember, alcohol and glass containers are prohibited.
Planning Your Visit
Many of these events are increasingly popular, so tickets for bigger events, such as the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, can be purchased online, while most other events have on-site ticket sales. Campground space is limited, so this is another thing that should be considered ahead of the actual event you plan to attend.
If you don’t plan to camp, parking is usually about $10 per day. Prices for the actual events range, but a complete schedule of events and ticket prices can be found on the Lucas Raceway website.
Photos courtesy National Hot Rod Assn.
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