From Shayna Keller
Millington, TN — (May 23, 2014) — Memphis International Raceway (MIR) and United States Auto Club (USAC) will be reunited again after a 10-year hiatus away from racing action on the paved tri-oval. The Silver Crown Series will make their return to the .75-mile facility on Sunday, June 29 for a 100-lap shootout. The “Memphis 100 with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.” will mark the fifth stop on the 2014 USAC Silver Crown Series schedule.
The USAC Silver Crown Series is described as one of the world’s most competitive open-wheel racing series. Previous champions include Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, JJ Yeley, Mario Andretti, AJ Foyt and Al Unser Sr. Olive Branch, Miss. native and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., raced in the USAC ranks from 2004 – 2007 and was considered one of the best at just 19 years of age. He made his USAC debut at Memphis in 2004 and would go on to tally five wins, 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in his career. The former MIR Rookie-of-the-Year, Stenhouse Jr., will return to his “hometown” track for the USAC race on June 29.
“We’re excited to have the USAC Series back at Memphis International Raceway,” stated Pam Kendrick, VP and GM of Memphis International Raceway. “We have a history with the series and they’ve always put on a great show at MIR. The fans really love seeing them at the track so this race will definitely be one of the highlights of the race season.”
2013 USAC Silver Crown Series champion Bobby East as well as Tracy Hines, A.J. Fike, Kody Swanson and several others will be racing for the coveted win at MIR. The drivers will be on-hand prior to the start of the race from noon – 1:00 p.m. CT to sign autographs on the frontstretch for the fans and the green flag is scheduled to drop at 2:00 p.m. CT.
Purchase your tickets in advance on www.racemir.com for the “Memphis 100 with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.” and receive $5 off of adult general admission and pit passes. Also, available for advance purchase is the family four-pack which includes admission for two adults, two children and a free hot dog and small beverage for each family member for $60. Tickets the day of the race are available at the gate and are $25 for adults, $40 for a pit pass and children 12 and under are $10.
For more information or questions regarding USAC’s return to MIR, please visit www.racemir.com or call (901) WOW-Race.
About Memphis International Raceway: Memphis International Raceway™ (MIR) is a state-of-the-art, acclaimed motorsports facility featuring a formidable 1.8-mile asphalt Road Course, a riveting 1/4-mile Drag Strip, and an enthralling 3/4-mile Tri-Oval Short Track. The high performance Road Course is considered among the most competitive in the Mid-South with 8 turns and a 3,500-foot straightaway. Hosting such premier events as the IHRA Summit World Finals, Super Chevy Show and the PDRA, the Drag Strip was built to IHRA and NHRA specifications, and its track, concrete to the 1/8-mile, was milled and polished by Penhall. Twelve private Suites offer an optimized vantage point for drag racing fans. Home to the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience and built to NASCAR specifications, the paved Tri-Oval Short Track consists of 11-degree banked turns, 4-degree straightaways, and an 1,100-foot backstretch with ample bleachers and 16 VIP Suites. The Tri-Oval Short Track hosts racing events from the Porsche Club of America, Sports Car Club of America, Pro Cup Series and USAC. Acquired in 2011 by IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG), the 342-acre MIR reopened in 2011 to a series of enhancements including additional grandstands, equipment upgrades and a refurbishment of the paved Tri-Oval Short Track. In May 2013, the Road Course underwent a major renovation with a resurfacing of the entire course. IRG also owns and operates Palm Beach International Raceway™, Southwestern International Raceway™, and the International Hot Rod Association™. For more information, visit www.RaceMIR.com, connect with MIR at www.Facebook.com/RaceMIR and www.Twitter.com/RaceMIR, call 901.969.7223, or send an email to Info@RaceMIR.com.