Each Labor Day weekend, NHRA racers and fans descend on Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis for the biggest, oldest, richest, and most prestigious drag race in the world. They say that no career is truly complete without a win at this, drag racing’s grandest event. As the last race of the 18-race regular season, this season’s event will take on extra importance. The stakes will be high with an increased amount of points in play via a return to the point-and-a-half system as teams battle for the final top-10 spots in the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
Special events are taking place throughout the weekend and the drama on Championship Monday is expected to be more amplified than ever! Thundering jet car exhibitions will conclude racing on Friday and Saturday evening and be sure to stick around on Friday for the fireworks exhibition on the track. Bonus bucks and bragging rights will be on the line for qualified drivers in Top Fuel and Funny Car as they battle in the lucrative Traxxas® Nitro Shootout on Saturday and Sunday. A special Monday edition of the SealMaster NHRA Track Walk also will take place prior to final eliminations, where many of the sport’s most celebrated drivers will walk alongside fans down the historic dragstrip.
How to Get There: The track is one mile west of Clermont on Highway 136. From Indianapolis, take Interstate 465 to Highway 136 (Crawfordsville Road). Go west toward and through Clermont. The main entrance is on the south side of the road, one mile past Clermont. From west on Interstate 74, Exit 68 (Ronald Reagan Parkway), then head south. At the light, turn left and travel east, and the track will be on the right.
Visitor Information: Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, 317-291-4090; Hendricks County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 317-718-8750 or 800-321-9666
Radio Frequency: 87.9 FM
Elevation: 700 feet
Tickets: nhra.com/tickets/; or 800-884-NHRA (6472)
Group Tickets: Marrico Greenhowe, 626-250-2240; firstname.lastname@example.org