Monday, August 29, 2011


CLERMONT, Ind. – As a special thank you to all that have bravely served our country, the NHRA will offer free general admission tickets to both active and retired military for the Friday night qualifying session during the Mac Tools U. S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis on Sept. 2. 

The Friday night qualifying session at the Mac Tools U. S. Nationals is one of the highlights of the weekend, and is the first time the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series teams will take to the track and attempt to qualify for the race.  There is electricity in the air when the cars go down the track the first time during the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals and the special ticket offer will be a perfect way to salute the military in attendance. 

The offer must be taken advantage of at the gate on Sept. 2. One complimentary ticket per person will be issued and proof of active or retired military status will be required to receive the complimentary general admission ticket.

Throughout the years fans at Lucas Oil Raceway have cheered on drag racing immortals like Shirley Muldowney, Bob Glidden, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen and Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, as they raced to the winner’s circle and etched their names into the NHRA record book. Today’s stars – such as eight-time Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Top Fuel winner Tony Schumacher and four-time Funny Car winner John Force – will be racing at more than 300 mph to continue to build upon their legacies. For many of the competitors, the race has evolved into much more than an annual contest of speed. For those who seek to become a part of its mystique, winning the event has become a must for any great driver to complete his or her resume.