How Big Is Midvale Speedway? [Updated!]

Everyone has heard of the Indianapolis 500. Everyone knows what it is and everyone has either participated in it or watched it happen. However, did you know that the Indy 500 is only the first round of the World Championship, a championship that continues all the way to the Mountain States. The next largest race in the Mountain States is Midvale Speedway. How big is Midvale Speedway? Let’s find out.

A Brief History Of The Mountain States Racing Series

The Mountain States Racing Series debuted in 1950. The series consisted of single races in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut with the Indianapolis 500 being the first and only event. The series has continued on ever since and now includes races throughout the entire Mountain States region. The next largest race in the series is Midvale Speedway. Let’s find out more about the Mountain States Racing Series and Midvale Speedway.

How Is It Organized?

The Mountain States Racing Series is regulated and overseen by the National Association for Trucking and Automotive Advertising (4R’s). Each year, 4R’s chooses up to three race tracks in the Mountain States to host the Mountain States Racing Series. The remaining tracks host the IndyCar Series.

The three selected race tracks are:

  • IndyCar Series: The biggest and most popular race in the region is the Indianapolis 500. It is famous for being one of the most prestigious annual sporting events in the United States. This year’s edition of the Indy 500 will be held on May 24th.
  • Mountain States Racing Series: The second largest race in the region is the Mountain States Racing Series. This series consists of three legs — New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut — with the first two rounds being shown on national television and the last round only being shown in the region.
  • ARCA Menards Series: The third largest race in the Mountain States is the ARCA Menards Series. This racing series is named after the ARCA (Automobile Racing Club of America) brand of fuel. This series features several different types of cars and is open to professional, amateur, and modified drivers. The ARCA Menards Series is one of the most popular motorsport series in the region, especially among the younger generation. It’s also one of the most competitive series in the region, which makes it a must-watch for any motorsport fan.

The Teams And Drivers

A little over 100 miles north of Indianapolis, in the small town of Elkhart, Indiana, you will find the home of Andersen Promotions and Event Center. This is where the Mountain States Racing Series and Midvale Speedway converge for the annual Labor Day Classic. The teams and drivers that participate in the Labor Day Classic represent some of the best that motorsport has to offer. Let’s take a quick look at the teams and their drivers:

  • Spencer Gallagher and Steve Park are the proprietors of Park Racing Inc, a motorsport marketing company and one of the most successful teams in the Mountain States. They have won the last two editions of the Labor Day Classic and have been a part of the grid from the very beginning. This year they will be representing Gallagher Heating and Air Conditioning in the Labor Day Classic.
  • Andy & Alisa Gallesio will be participating in their tenth consecutive Labor Day Classic. Last year, Andy Gallesio and Alisa Gallesio drove their Wayzgo Transit vans to a ninth place finish. This year will mark Andy Gallesio’s and Alisa Gallesio’s eighteenth consecutive appearance in the event. The couple has been a part of the grid since the very beginning and are always among the popular participants at the Labor Day Classic. This year they will be driving Ligier JS P217s for Park Automotive.
  • Danica Patrick, known for her work in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and the IndyCar Series, made a name for herself in the Mountain States when she drove to a fifth place finish in the 2011 edition of the Labor Day Classic. This year she will be driving for Michael Waltrip’s team, MDM Motorsports.
  • Jason Leffler, the owner of Leffler Autosport, participated in the IndyCar Series for several years before making the switch to the Mountain States. Since making the switch, he has been on a mission to prove his worth and make the teams that he joins respect his unique skill set. This year he will be participating in the Mountain States for the first time since 2009. He did not race last year, but has been preparing for this year’s event since early in the year.
  • Matt Kuchar won the IndyCar Series Championship in 2005 and 2006 and was the Rookie of the Year in 2003. Since then he has been competing in several different racing series around the world. In 2012, he returned to his home state of Indiana where he competes regularly in the ARCA Menards Series. This year he will be participating in the Labor Day Classic in a partial schedule to prepare for the 2012 season. His entry fees for this event will be donated to the American Red Cross to help fight the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
  • Justin Bonsignore is an IndyCar Series and Sports Car Club of America pro driver on loan to Chip Ganassi Racing. He won the pole position in the 2011 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and went on to win that championship. Bonsignore has also been a regular in the NASCAR Camping World Series and has one appearance in the IndyCar Series. This year he will be racing in the Mountain States for the first time. His debut will come at Midvale Speedway where he will be driving a Hirsch Motorsports car.
  • Justin Wilson is a driver for Chip Ganassi Racing looking to build on the success he had in the IndyCar Series rookie of the year in 2011. He has competed in several different racing series across the American continent including the IndyCar Series and the Grand-Am Series where he won the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona. This year he will be racing in the Mountain States for the first time. His entry fee for this event will be donated to the American Red Cross to help fight the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
  • Jack Beckman is the owner of Beckman Racing, which he started after spending several years in the International Race of Champions. This year he will be participating in the ARCA Menards Series, but he also has several other projects in the works. This includes a possible full-time driving gig in the IndyCar Series for one of his own teams and a potential move to the NASCAR Camping World Series.
  • Mike Conway is the General Manager of Conway Automotive Group, which owns and operates Conway Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. This year he will be participating in several different series, including the ARCA Menards Series, and the first race that he will be competing in is the Daytona 500, the ‘Super Bowl’ of NASCAR, being held on February 23rd this year. Conway owns several other auto racing venues, including a dirt track in West Virginia and a road course in Indiana. He has also been a participant in the IndyCar Series and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, racking up several wins in his career. This year he will be representing Roush Racing in the Mountain States for the first time.
  • David Graff is the founder of David Graff Racing and has been participating in the Mountain States since its inception. This year he will be driving for Richard Childress Racing in several different series, including the IndyCar Series. He also owns several other racetracks, including the famed Grand National Road Course in Hickory, North Carolina and a tri-oval track in Bakersfield, California. He has been a competitor in the IndyCar Series since 1982 and won the prestigious 2002 IndyCar Series Championship with three races left in the season.
  • Danny Smith is the founder and General Manager of the legendary Dickerson Speedway in Mansfield, Massachusetts. This year he will be participating in the Mountain States for the first time with Tri-Star Motorsports. In addition to running his own team in the ARCA Menards Series, he also works as the track announcer for several different venues. This includes the IndyCar Series, the World Superbike Championship, and the legendary Mille Miglia, a car race that dates back to 1927.

The Location And Attractions

Located somewhere in the Appalachians, just east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the home of the Mountain States. This region of the country is mountainous and rocky with lots of foliage and brimming with wildlife. The Indianapolis 500 and the ARCA Menards Series are held at the world-class Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This year the Indy 500 will be held on May 24th and the Labor Day Classic will be on September 5th. Midvale Speedway is the largest of the three races in the Mountain States, hosting the other two rounds of the prestigious NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

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