NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES DRIVERS TAKE PART IN HOT WHEELS: RACE TO WIN EXHIBIT AT THE INDIANAPOLIS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
INDIANAPOLIS (July 14, 2016) Stars of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series were featured on Wednesday at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis as part of the Hot Wheels™: Race to Win™ exhibit. Richie Crampton (Top Fuel), Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel), Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle), Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle), and Fox Sports television analyst Tony Pedregon, appeared at the museum during the event.
The drivers took part in a question and answer session with children at the museum, were featured in an autograph session, posed for autographs and more. The Hot Wheels™: Race to Win™ exhibit uses Hot Wheels™ cars and tracks to demonstrate racing concepts and what it takes to stand in the winner’s circle.
“It was incredible and I was like a big kid in a toy store,” said Pritchett. “To see the kids eyes light up and to truly learn about the science and engineering of racing and being in the mecca of motorsports is cool for a kid to grow up with. To have professional drivers to come in and talk about their sport is great. I didn’t think I could love racing anymore but seeing the future of our fans, our drivers and engineers ask questions and engage is enlightening and brightens my day.”
Indiana is home to the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, held annually at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The event will celebrate its 62nd anniversary this season and is the 18th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the last race in the NHRA Mello Yello Series regular season. At the conclusion of this event, the top 10 drivers in four categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle – will be locked in to begin the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs, leading to 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships. Winners of the event last season were Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle).
Tickets for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Aug. 31-Sept. 5, are on sale now to the public. Tickets can be purchased at www.NHRATix.com.
More information on The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis can be found on their web page at www.ChildrensMuseum.org.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.