Pre-Indy Mile/MotoGP Dirt Track Great Excuse To Enjoy Motorcycle Racing
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Friday, August 10, 2012

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Mid-America Speedway in Indianapolis Brings You the '2012 Night Before the Indy Mile' presented by Harley-Davidson of Bloomington, IN. on MotoGP Weekend Friday, August 17
Mid-America Speedway, Indianapolis, IN.--August 10, 2012?In just one week, one of the biggest weekends of a motorcycle racing fan's dream will all come together in the Indiana capital as the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP will reign supreme for it's 5th Annual gathering at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

There are many events that help to highlight the great weekend of racing in Indy, but one of the most exciting will be happening on Friday, August 17 as Mid-America Speedway , located at the Marion County Fairgrounds, will be hosting their inaugural 'Night Before the Indy Mile' on the beautifully prepared short track venue located on Indianapolis' south east side of town.

Hosting flat track racing at it's facility since the 2007 season, the local venue will host the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track and some of the riders on the regional and local circuit for what is sure to be a great kick-off to the following night's Lucas Oil Indy Mile held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. For the second year in-a-row,

Mid-America will again play host to some of the best racing on wheels in the world as some of the stars of The Rolling Thunder Show in AMA Pro Flat Track will roll into town the night before to contest the Pro 450 Class.

Riders such as current AMA Grand National Championship points leader Jared Mees #9, Illinois resident and Mid-America regular Rob Pearson #27, Canadian flat tracker Doug Lawrence #73, full- time AMA Road Racer/part-time AMA Flat Tracker JD Beach #95, and Pro Singles riders Zakk Palmer #81C, Ben Knight #85P and Fight for Dirt's Tyler Porter #28C. Last year's event in the Pro 450 Class saw Mees, Australian Mick Kirkness and Rob Pearson fill-out the podium.

As most remember from the 2011 season, the originally-scheduled round of the Lucas Oil Indy Mile was canceled due to the tragic results of the rigging collapse on the main stage just over two weeks before the event was to run. Mid-America Speedway hosted it's original outing on Friday night of the '11 MotoGP Weekend and saw a great turn-out of Pro and local talent in spite of the cancellation at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and is expecting an even better turn-out of talent for this year's event on Friday, August 17.

Along with the big names, local favorites such as Dreyer Motorsports/Tucker Rocky-backed Ricky Leak, Nathan and Kevin Wilson and Ken Maynard are also expected to be racing at Mid-America, and Clermont, Indiana's Dan Ingram #31J will also be on-hand. For those of you unfamiliar with Dan, he just returned to the Expert ranks in AMA Flat Track at the ripe young age of 47 years old after being injured and forced to retire prematurely during the '93 racing season. Ingram will be on-hand to sign autographs for the fans and will be selling t-shirts to help support his Expert Twins Series program. All riders will be available throughout the evening to sign autographs and talk with the fans.
Mid-America will be running a limited program at this event, with Pro 450 money class, 250 money class, 30+ vet, 50+ Super Senior, Vintage Light (0-350 air-cooled/twin shock), 85-200 Youth (two and four-stroke), Open Quad and Speedway for the evening's program.

For the second year in-a-row, we will also be showcasing the by-invitation only Bob Starke Indian Arrow Challenge, which features a fine collection of 1949 Indian Arrows. Texan 'Wild Will' Kelley, a former AMA Pro Flat Track competitor and 6-Time VDTRA Pro #1 competitor will be making the swing into Indy after competing in the Kansas Fair races to ride one of these immaculate machines.
Gates are scheduled to open at 1:30 PM EDT on Friday, August 17, with rider's meeting scheduled for 4:00 PM and first practice at 4:30 PM. Opening ceremonies and the first heat races are scheduled to roll off at 7:00 PM. Admission for this great event is only $10.00 for ages 10 and up, with children 5-9 only $5.00.

For more information, be sure to visit our website at and make your plans now for what will truly be a great night of short track racing at Mid-America Speedway, the 2012 'Night Before the Indy Mile' at the Marion County Fairgrounds on Indy's south east side.


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