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Lucas Oil Raceway, Clermont

(4.2/5 based on 35 reviews on the web)
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis is a racing circuit complex in Brownsburg, Indiana. It has a 0.686mi oval, 2.5mi road course, and 4400ft drag strip.HistoryIn 1958, 15 Indianapolis-area businessmen and racing professionals led by Tom Binford, Frank Dickie, Rodger Ward, and Howard Fieber, invested $5,000 each to fund the development of a 267acre farm tract into a recreational sporting complex that would focus on auto racing. The original intention was to create a 15-turn, 2.5mi road course, but as an insurance measure against economic problems, the investment group decided to incorporate a quarter-mile drag strip into the long straightaway of the 2.5mi road course design. Constructed with assistance from the NHRA, the drag strip was the first to be completed, with the facility's first event held on the strip in the fall of 1960. The facility was called Indianapolis Raceway Park. A year later, a 0.686mi paved oval was completed to finish off the track capabilities of the facility. The oval track was used as-is until an overall track renovation was completed in 1988 in order to increase speed on the track.The premier feature of the facility is a 4400ft long dragstrip. The one NHRA event held at Raceway Park is the oldest and most prestigious race in the NHRA. The NHRA U.S. Nationals, held every year during the Labor Day weekend, is the only event on the NHRA schedule with final eliminations scheduled on a Monday. An all-star style race, called the Traxxas Nitro Shootout, is held for the two nitro divisions (Top Fuel on Saturday and Funny Car on Sunday). The winners in each division win $100,000 US, while the race itself has the largest purse of any NHRA sanctioned event at over $250,000 US. The drag strip has held the event every year since 1961, when the race was moved from Detroit.
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  • I've spent a lot of time at this track. Went there as a boy and was there this year for the NHRA U.S. Nationals. They used to have USAC sprints, midgets and NASCAR but for some reason I guess they don...  more »
  • The race track is fantastic it is close to the highway it is a very beautiful establishment and the camping area is huge and parking is ok and the race track and the facilities and souvenir vendors ar...  more »
  • We went for the NHRA racing event. There is ample grass parking at a cost of ten dollars. You can sit in the parking lot and use a small grill; we didn't but we saw others doing it. The line to purcha...  more »
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  • Finally had my Rusty Wallace ride along and driving experience at Lucas Oil Raceway (the weather in Indiana is not always nice on the weekends). The staff was friendly and helpful and the whole experience went smoothly (I would love to have more signs indicating where to check-in and start the experience for the first timers). The race track and cars seemed to be in a good condition (some cars didn't have gear shifting instruction stickers inside, but it's easy to memorize 2 gears). I raced with a professional driver to learn and then I got to race a 400 HP car on my own for 10 laps. Pushed a little bit over the limit and side slipped in the corner but took control and got back on track while passing the other guy. I couldn't imagine getting in and out of the car would be a science yet shifting was very easy (if you're used to manual shifting though). It is hard to put all the emotions I have in a text. I highly recommend everyone to try if you have a chance. I'd love to go again next year. You can get a good deal on holidays!
  • The staff was great. My dad is sick and everyone was very helpful even when my dad was not with me and I had a question they were very helpful. Great job 2016 at the US National.
  • Awesome NHRA nationals here. Fast and Loud!
  • Excellent venue, not a bad seat in the house.
  • Lot of great memories coming here especially the drive with my father there and back hearing the same old stories every year