Champions Day Honors Open-Wheel Drivers
May 4, 2000 | 12:00 A.M. EST
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy Racing Northern Light Series will host more than a dozen 1999 short-track open-wheel series champions on May 17 during Champions Day.
Drivers will take laps around the 2.5-mile oval with Johnny Rutherford, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and Northern Light Series driver coach. The champions also will attend seminars on how to advance their careers and will visit Northern Light Series drivers and team owners in the garage area and on pit lane.
Also on Champions Day, the Speedway also will salute one of its great all-time champions, four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears.
Mears will speak at the driver seminars, along with Northern Light Series driver Davey Hamilton and team owner Larry Cahill, who owns car driven by former short-track standout Donnie Beechler.
"Our focus is to assist the drivers in their goal to reach the next level in open-wheel racing," said Andy Hall, director of events for the Northern Light Series.Drivers scheduled to participateBill Tempero, American IndyCar Series
Mike Wilson, American Motor Racing Association international champion
John Burdette, AMRA Road Warrior Tour
Bryan Kobylarz, American Racing Driver’s Club
Daniel Boorse, Badger Midget Auto Racing
Donny Goeden, IRA Outlaw Sprints
Dale Hammaker, Keystone Auto Racing on Speedways
Don Lehmann, Midwest Auto Racing Association
Kevin Newton, NAMARS
Terry Goff, United Midget Racing Association
Steve Thinnes, United Midget Auto Racing Association
Ron Smoker, 16th Street Speedway series champion, United States Auto Club
Michael Lang, Indianapolis Speedrome series champion, USAC
Troy Regier, Supermodified Racing League
Marc DeBeaumont, Western Midget Series champion, USAC
Josh Wise, Western TQ Midget Series champion, USAC
French Grimes, Virginia Sprint Series
Eric Edwards, American Mini Sprint Association