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Upgrades Unveiled: Lucas Oil Track Transformation

Published January 7, 2024 at 12:18
BY RYAN JOHNSON
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Renowned as a pivotal venue in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) event series, Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park is undergoing enhancements as the 2024 season kicks off.

The recent initiation of the demolition process for the tower situated on the track's right side signals the commencement of a broader series of upgrades.

Erected in 1983, the tower's removal marks the dawn of a new chapter for the facility.

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Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, one of NHRA's two owned tracks alongside Gainesville Raceway, has been a hub for numerous successful events, drawing drag-and-drive enthusiasts from various communities.

Hosting events like Hot Rod Drag Week and the Midwest Drags, Indy continues to hold a significant place in the racing calendar.

Established in 1960, the track hosted the inaugural NHRA U.S. Nationals in 1961, solidifying its status as the "grand-daddy" of NHRA national events.

The acquisition of the facility by NHRA in 1979 led to significant improvements, with the removal of the four-story Parks tower, named after NHRA founder Wally Parks, being a notable development.

Credits: Sick The Magazine
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