The Kansas Speedway has been the site of some pretty amazing moments for racing fans. From the very first running of the Indianapolis 500 held there in 1934, to the introduction of the 3.4-litre Magnum engine in 1966, it’s been a place of iconic events. The speedway is also the birthplace of the IndyCar Series, and it recently became the home of the Alliance of American Racing (AAR) after previously being a venue for the Indy 500 and the Kansas Lottery. In 2019, the track will also become the permanent home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
So, with such a rich racing heritage, it’s only natural that people would start trying to figure out when is the best time to go there. After all, if you want to make the most out of a trip, it’s important to plan your itinerary and know what’s going on at the moment. With the help of our friends at RoadRaceBlog.com, let’s take a look at what’s happening at the Kansas Speedway and when you might want to go there:
What Is Happening Now At The Kansas Speedway?
Although it closed during the night, the gates of the Kansas Speedway opened at 4 p.m. this afternoon for the first practice session for the NASCAR Cup Series. Once the practice was over, the drivers had some downtime before getting back on the track for qualifying. After that, the final practice session and the ceremonial opening of the track took place. The 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season will be officially on the track tonight at 8 p.m. when the field goes green for the first time.
As mentioned, the Kansas Speedway is a busy place during the week, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. Even during the off-season, there are still some activities taking place there. Here’s a quick breakdown of what’s going on and when you might want to check it out:
Even though it’s the weekend before the big race, there are still some events and activities you might want to check out. On Thursday, there will be a big car show at the Kansas Speedway, with dozens of vehicles from all eras of auto racing. There will also be live music, food vendors, and children’s activities. The car show is free, but attendees have to register in advance at kansaspeedway.com/calendars.
On Thursday at 7 p.m., fans can attend the Hall of Fame Induction Dinner. Over the years, the dinner has featured legendary NASCAR drivers such as Richard Petty, Junior Johnson, and Smokey Yunick. This year’s class of inductees includes several familiar faces, including Gary Bettenhausen, John Blanchard, and Hermie Lanning. This is a great opportunity to get a picture with some of the NASCAR drivers you may have watched on TV or at the track. Tickets for this event are on sale now at kansaspeedway.com/ticketing.
On Friday, the track will host its annual Pro-Am Cup Series race. This year’s edition will feature a pair of celebrity chefs as guest chefs for practice and qualifying. Fans can get a sneak peek at the chefs’ culinary creations throughout the weekend, including a BBQ stand, trailer, and pop-up restaurant. The chefs will be dishing out their signature dishes, along with some new creations, especially for the fans. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to get a sample of the great food the chefs are capable of cooking. The race is free, but tickets are required and can be purchased at kansaspeedway.com/calendars.
On Saturday, the Kansas Speedway will be the site of the AAA Auto Racing Championship. This is one of the biggest events of the year, and it features some of the best cars and drivers from around the country. The big winners reveal takes place at 10 a.m., with the race beginning at 12 p.m. The first race of the day will be the Lingerie Bowl, a ladies’ flat track race. This year’s version of the lingerie race will mark the 60th anniversary of the one and only Helen Gilmore. The cars in the Lingerie Bowl are kitted out in glamorous lingerie, and the drivers are required to be in a dress or skirt. As for the actual race, it’s strictly for amateur drivers. Still, it’s one of the event’s iconic races and draws spectators from all over.
On Sunday, the track will be closed to public traffic, but it will be open for practice and qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. Once the race is over, the fans can get an up-close-and-personal view of the cars as they come off the track. This is also the only day for families to come together, as it’s Mother’s Day. The last practice session is at 10 a.m., with the first race starting at 12 p.m. As mentioned, the track is closed on Sundays, so you will need a pass to be there.
To cap off this article, let’s take a look at the best time of year to visit the Kansas Speedway:
There’s no doubt that the best time to visit the Kansas Speedway is during the offseason. The track is nearly empty during the week, with only a few events and activities taking place outside of practice and qualifying. That makes it a much quieter and more relaxing place to be. However, the off-season doesn’t last forever, so you will eventually need to make a schedule for yourself.
In terms of when to go, the best time is right now. While it’s still not really the offseason, the track is not very crowded, and there aren’t many events and activities going on. This is also the case most of the time at other sports venues and public parks around the country. It’s not yet spring, so you don’t want to go oversize clothes just yet. If you absolutely have to go during the offseason, consider the week before the big race. This is when most tracks start getting crowded, and there will be a lot of activities and events going on throughout the week. Of course, you can always visit the Hall of Fame on Thursday night, as mentioned above.
Is There Anything Going On At The Kansas Speedway Right Now?
It’s important to keep in mind the specific dates and times of the things going on at the moment, especially if you want to make the most out of your trip. Here’s a quick breakdown of when each event and meeting is scheduled to happen:
There will be a big car show at the Kansas Speedway on Thursday. The cars will be on display outside of the track gates, and fans will be able to go inside and take a look at them. The cars will be on display all day, so you may have the opportunity to see some great vehicles from all eras of racing. The cars will be organized by the American Automobile Association (AAA). Live music, food vendors, and children’s activities will be on-hand to keep the kids busy as well. Check the website for updates.
One of the highlights of the car show is the winners’ circle ceremony. This is when the top three drivers from each class are officially recognized for their efforts throughout the season. The ceremony will be followed by a party, where the drivers and their families can get together and celebrate the season. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to meet some of the greatest drivers in history. Sadly, this is one of the few events at the track that is not free. You will need to purchase a ticket in advance at kansaspeedway.com/calendars.
On Friday, the speedway will be the site of its annual Pro-Am race. This is one of the biggest events on the NASCAR calendar, and it features some of the best cars and drivers from around the country. The big winners’ circle ceremony will be on Saturday, but on Friday, the drivers and their families can get together to commemorate the season. This is an excellent opportunity to have your picture taken with some of the biggest names in NASCAR, and the chance to ask questions about the season. It’s important to note that this event will be closed to the public.