Ron Capps NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger on display alongside John Force’s Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang
By Gary P Jackson
Indianapolis is a racing town. It’s home to both Indianapolis Motor Speedway, host of the Indy 500, the largest one day sporting event in the world, and Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis [formerly Indianapolis Raceway Park] home of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil, the oldest, largest, and most prestigious drag race in the world.
The Indy Racing League is based in Indianapolis. Many of the teams have shops there, and drivers live there. Over the past decade or so, many of the top NHRA drag racers have moved there and a lot of teams are based in Indy as well. Though based on the west coast, NHRA has technical facilities there and owns Lucas Oil Raceway.
You see the name Lucas a lot in motorsports. Forest Lucas’ company supplies some of the finest lubricants and additives to teams in every form of racing. They also have products for daily drivers as well.
Lucas Oil sponsors NHRA’s entire sportsman program and Forest’s son Morgan drives the multi-event winning GEICO Top Fuel Car
You’ll hear the Lucas name a lot this weekend as Super Bowl XLVI will be played in Lucas Oil Stadium.
For the event both NHRA and the IRL have displays allowing football fans to get a look at Indy’s big business, racing.
NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Funny Cars from Don Schumacher Racing and John Force Racing will be prominently displayed at two leading tourism destinations across central Indiana leading up to Super Bowl XLVI.
NFL fans who touch down at Indianapolis Int’l Airport will be greeted by the Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford driven by John Force and the Auto Club Ford Mustang driven by Robert Hight. Both cars competed in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. One car will be on display at Concourse A and the other at Concourse B, and both will be highly visible to those arriving in the city. The displays will feature custom welcome signage and information about the Big Go, the prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals held at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis during Labor Day weekend.
DSR and JFR cars will also be on display at the Super Celebration Site at Metropolis Mall in Plainfield, Ind., in Hendricks County. Both the NAPA Funny Car driven by Ron Capps and the 2010 John Force Castrol GTX 25th anniversary Ford Mustang will be a focal point of the 18,000-square-foot Super Celebration Site display.
At the Super Celebration Site, fans will not only be able to see the Funny Cars, but also be able to race an IndyCar simulator and test their football skills on the NFL Blitz video game. Metropolis Mall will also house a replica Izod IndyCar featuring the decals of the Baltimore Ravens as part of the Super Cars promotion. For more information on the Super Celebration Site, log on to http://www.tourhendrickscounty.com/supersite.
“Having the Super Bowl in Indianapolis is an enormous thrill for all of us who live and work here,” said Mike Lewis, vice president of Don Schumacher Racing, based in Brownsburg. “Considering the culture of auto racing in Indiana, it only makes sense for industry leaders like Don Schumacher Racing to become involved in Super Bowl activities. We hope NFL fans will want to experience our brand of 320-mph excitement at some of the 23 NHRA events around the country.”
“Having my hot rods on display as part of the Indianapolis Super Bowl events is great for the NHRA and my sponsors like Castrol, Ford, Auto Club, Traxxas, Mac Tools, and BrandSource. I put the John Force Road Show together to spread the gospel of NHRA, and you aren’t going to get a bigger crowd than Indianapolis this week,” said 15-time Full Throttle Series champion Force. “I played football growing up, and to have my Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang Funny Car, my 25th anniversary Castrol Funny Car, and Robert Hight’s Auto Club Ford Mustang on display at the airport and the Metropolis Mall is pretty cool.”
“When we first heard we would be a Super Celebration Site and featuring a Super Car, we knew we had to showcase our own NHRA Super Cars as part of the festivities,” said Jaime Bohler Smith, associate director for the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the group overseeing the site. “Our hope is that guests coming to see the big game will come back and join us for the Big Go [the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway] right here in the motorsports capital of the world,” she added.
The cars at the airport will be continuously on display, and those at Metropolis Mall will be on display from Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Feb. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. Metropolis Mall is on the eastern edge of Hendricks County, minutes from downtown Indianapolis.
All 32 NFL TEAM and one SUPER BOWL branded IndyCars in downtown Indianapolis. The crew from www.indyracingexperience.com worked the last few months preparing all the cars to pull this off! [photo courtesy Scott Jasek]