In just two weeks, the Midwest Indoor Racing Series will begin the third season of operation with the running of the 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Classic Weekend at Kellogg Arena. The Battle Creek, Michigan facility will have hosted MIRS, the most of any arena in the series’ brief two-year history, with the fourth and fifth overall appearances to kick off the 2014/2015 winter racing season. For the new season, MIRS will introduce the presence of one of the most established organizations in the country.
Champion Racing Association (CRA) Powered by JEGS, which sanctions the ARCA/CRA Super Series, JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, CRA Late Model Sportsman Series and CRA Street Stock Series, will play a major role within MIRS for the upcoming campaign. CRA Series Director, Glenn Luckett has joined the MIRS family and will serve as the new Race Director for the 2014/2015 winter racing season. In addition, CRA Director of Operations/Head Scorer, Greg Wood will join the indoor ranks as well and is the new Head Scorer for the upcoming indoor season. Mr. Wood will oversee the new transponder scoring system that will be used at every MIRS event during the 2014/2015 Winter Racing Season. Combined, the veteran Officials bring almost 50 years of motorsports experience with them to MIRS.
“I look forward to working with Scott and the team he has assembled for the Midwest Indoor Racing Series events.” stated Luckett as he prepares for his first event with MIRS. “This will definitely be different than our (CRA) events we have outdoors and will be our first experiences with the indoor races, but hopefully our presence will help those events be very successful.” he added.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Midwest Indoor Racing Series events this winter.” added Mr. Wood. “It will be very interesting to learn the nuances of indoor racing, and meet some of the people who are involved with them. I believe the series is positioning itself to be even more successful, and it’s our goal to help as much as we can.” he remarked.
The two voices of CRA will also serve in the same roles for MIRS throughout the 2014/2015 winter racing season. Matt Prieur, who is also the Director of Communications/P. A. Announcer for CRA, returns for the third season of indoors racing in both roles and will be joined this upcoming winter by fellow voice of CRA, Adam Mackey. Both veteran announcers have been on the microphone for some of the most prestigious races in the country over the years including the recent 43rd running of the Winchester 400 Weekend at Winchester Speedway (IN) on October 10-12th.
Several returning MIRS Officials for the 2014/2015 winter racing season also work in various roles for CRA during the outdoors season. In addition to CRA having a presence within MIRS, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) as well as Toledo Speedway and Flat Rock Speedway will have officials working the winter racing season.
The 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Classic is set for Friday-Saturday, November 28-29th at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Michigan. The weekend will feature two nights of racing starting on Friday, November 28th; the Non-Winged Mini Sprints will highlight the night with the special 30-Lap Thanksgiving Classic Friday Night Shootout. In addition, the Great Lakes Tire Go-Karts divisions of Opens, 360s, Heavy Clones, Senior Caged, Junior Caged, Gold Plate & Purple Plate will all be in action. The Quarter Midgets divisions of Junior Honda, Senior Honda, Light 160, Heavy 160, Senior Animal, Junior Animal and Heavy Honda will also be competing.
Then on Saturday, November 29th, the Non-Winged Mini Sprints return and will headline the weekend with the 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Classic 50 which pays $500 to the winner. In addition, all of the Great Lakes Tire Go-Karts classes return for a second full night of racing highlighted by the 360s who will race for $500 to win. In action with the 360s on Saturday will be the Opens, Heavy Clones, Senior Caged, Junior Caged, Gold Plate & Purple Plate. Plus all of the Quarter Midget classes of Junior Honda, Senior Honda, Light 160, Heavy 160, Senior Animal, Junior Animal and Heavy Honda return for a second full night of racing as well.
They will be joined by the remaining divisions who kick off their indoor season as the Arena/Mini Cup Cars and Lawn Mowers make their first appearance of the season while the Midwest Classic Racer (MCR)-Type Dwarf Cars have been added to the show as well.
To learn more about the Midwest Indoor Racing Series and to inquire about sponsorship opportunities for the 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Classic Weekend as well as for the rest of the 2014/2015 Winter Racing Season, email or call MCRP/MIRS President, Scott Menlen at: [email protected] and/or (586) 201-0378. You can also go to the series website located at: www.midwestindoorracingseries.com. The MIRS Facebook Fan Page is at: www.facebook.com/midwestindoorracing. Finally, don’t forget to follow MIRS on Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus.
– MIRS Press Release