Night Before the Indy Mile Short Track
Mid-America Speedway at the Marion County Fairgrounds
Courtesy of Mike Stuhler
Photos by Mike “Stu” Stuhler/Stu’s Shots
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, JUNE 25, 2015
In what has become a big weekend of stellar racing, Mid-America Speedway, located on the south side of Indianapolis, will again be showcasing the “Night Before the Indy Mile” short-track event that will feature the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track, who will be returning to the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Indy Mile round on Saturday, July 11.
Sponsored by Jeff Stevens and Harley-Davidson of Bloomington, Indiana, the evening’s races will see such returning riders as last year’s Open Pro-class winner and 2013 AMA Grand National Champion Brad Baker, and previous Open Pro-class winner and current AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees.
Other riders expected to return to action at the track at the Marion County Fairgrounds include Sammy Halbert, Henry Wiles, longtime track regular and Morton, Illinois, resident Robert “Bugs” Pearson, Jarod Vanderkooi, and Australian rider Mick Kirkness, among others.
This year’s big race will see $1,500 going to the winner, and Miriam Deitcher’s Flat Track Live and D&D Exhaust will be sponsoring a special Dash For Cash race that will provide $1,000 to win and an extra $500 to win if the rider is running a D&D Exhaust system. Riders will be competing on 450cc-class DTX-spec machinery, and some will be rolling out their framer mounts, just like Mees did to win the Open Pro-class events from 2011 to 2013.
Other classes that will be contested at Mid-America during the Night Before the Indy Mile race include Open Quad, Open Bike, Open Amateur, 50cc, 65cc, 80-200cc (two- or four-stroke), Youth, 250cc Money, Vet Over 30, Vet Over 50, Vintage Light (0-350cc), and Vintage Heavy (351cc and up). Note that a rider may enter either Open Pro or Open Amateur, but not both.
As a special treat, Mike O’Neil will be returning again this year with his fleet of 1949 Indian Arrow 250cc racers for a special race that will see former AMA Grand National greats such as Charlie Roberts, Indiana’s Jackie Mitchell and current AMA Pro Flat Track sponsor Tommy Duma racing aboard the little singles.
Entry fees will be for $40 for the Open class, $30 for adult classes, and $25 for youth classes. Pit passes will be $10 for ages 10 and up, $5 for ages 5 through 9, and no charge for children 4 and under. Please note that pit passes will go to $25 at 5 p.m. Grandstand passes will be $10 for all ages 5 and up. Pre-entry for all riders in all classes is available on Mid-America’s website.
Mid-America will also be seeing Mike Hacker’s RIDE Academy return to the track this year for two special class sessions, the first of which will take place on Sunday, July 12, and see AMA Pro Flat Track riders including Brad Baker, Nichole Mees, Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Ryan Wells, Cody Johncox and Hacker as class instructors. The RIDE Academy will then return on August 10 after the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP weekend. Any rider who commits to the July 10 RIDE Academy at Mid-America will receive a complimentary pit pass for the Night Before the Indy Mile event on July 10. The RIDE Academy instructors will also be on hand on July 10 to assist riders with any questions that they may have.
Gates will open at 2:30 p.m. EDT, the first practice will start at 4:30 p.m. and the first heat race will roll off the line at 7 p.m.
We hope to see you there for what will again be another exciting and star-studded evening of racing at Mid-America Speedway’s Night Before the Indy Mile event at the Marion County Fairgrounds on Indy’s southeast side!
Mid-America Speedway at the Marion County Fairgrounds is located at 7300 East Troy Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana 46239. For track info, please contact Jim Terchila, president of Mid-America Speedway, at 317/871-4392 or firstname.lastname@example.org.