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The Indy 500 weekend kicks off with Off-Road Trucks at Coors Light Carb Day

The Menards at the Brickyard Formula Off-Road by TRAXXAS race will take place on Coors Light Carb Day in conjunction with Indianapolis 500 Race Weekend.
The Menards at the Brickyard Formula Off-Road by TRAXXAS race will take place on Coors Light Carb Day in conjunction with Indianapolis 500 Race Weekend.SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas, used with permission

On Friday, May 23, one of the greatest achievements in the history of off-road racing will occur on the world’s most famous race track, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, when the Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS series helps to kick off the Indianapolis 500 weekend during Coors Light Carb Day. The Menards at the Brickyard Formula Off-Road by TRAXXAS race will take place on a modified course on the front straight of the famed 2.5-mile oval and a portion of the infield road course.

“Coors Light Carb Day is a fan favorite at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway because it combines racing and other entertainment in one afternoon and the addition of the TRAXXAS series to our schedule provides further excitement during the day,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “The Stadium Super Trucks race often with the Verizon IndyCar Series and produce an incredibly exciting style of racing everywhere they run and we look forward to seeing them put on a show at IMS.”

The Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas series features identically prepared trucks, which are made to resemble their scaled-down TRAXXAS radio-control-car counterparts. Like their TRAXXAS namesake, the trucks are designed to take flight and withstand aggressive driving, however, unlike RC trucks, they produce 600 horsepower generating speeds greater than 130 miles per hour.

The opportunity to race at the Brickyard will also mark the third time in 2014 the TRAXXAS series will race with the Verizon IndyCar Series, and marks the return of series-founder Robby Gordon to competition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“My first trip to Indy as a competitor was in 1993 driving for A.J. Foyt,” said Gordon, who is a 10-time Indianapolis 500 competitor and a 12-time Brickyard 400 driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Indianapolis. “I grew up watching Rick Mears, A.J. and others race at the Speedway and dreamed of driving there, but I never imagined we would race off-road trucks at Indy. I have a lot of great memories from Indianapolis and this will be another one added to the list.”

The Menards at the Brickyard Formula Off-Road by TRAXXAS race on Coors Light Carb Day will be broadcast on NBCSN June 13 at midnight EDT.

The schedule for Coors Light Carb Day is:

11 a.m. Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
12:30 p.m. Indy Lights Freedom 100 Race
2 p.m. Tag Heuer Pit Stop Competition
3:15 p.m. Menards at the Brickyard Formula Off-Road by Traxxas Practice
3:30 p.m. Coors Light Carb Day Concert with Sammy Hagar and the Wabos and Sublime With Rome

4:40 p.m. Menards at the Brickyard Formula Off-Road by TRAXXAS Race

Continuing a Memorial Day weekend TV tradition that began in 1965, ABC will air the Indianapolis 500 for the 50th consecutive year on Sunday, May 25. The telecast of the 98th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing begins with a one-hour pre-race show at 11 a.m. ET with the green flag waving at 12:12 p.m.

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