USAC Silver Crown: Iowa Speedway to Host Silver Crown Event in 2015; Ends Three-Year Absence

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NEWTON, Iowa – official release — Photo courtesy Iowa Speedway —

The USAC Silver Crown Series will return to Iowa Speedway during the 2015 season.

The event, scheduled for June 20, 2015, will mark the first USAC Silver Crown Series event at Iowa Speedway since the 2012 Casey’s General Stores USAC Challenge race.

“The Silver Crown Series has a long, rich tradition in this region and we’re extremely pleased to have them back in central Iowa,” said Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small. “We want longtime fans to reconnect with the excitement they experienced seeing former USAC racers such as Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and Don White from Keokuk, Iowa as they raced in these beautiful machines. At the same time, we want to introduce new fans to this classic form of racing, one we are certain they’ll enjoy.”

When USAC last appeared at the seven-eighths-mile asphalt paved tri-oval, Bobby East thrilled took the checkered flag for the third time at Iowa Speedway.

In 2015, the 12-14 degree compound banking in the turns of Iowa Speedway will pose a tremendous challenge for the Silver Crown drivers. The cars will be capable of reaching speeds of 180 miles per hour. Kody Swanson set the Iowa Speedway Silver Crown track record with an average lap speed of 146.212 mph in 2012. The maximum speeds of 180 mph happen generally toward the end of the straightaways. Drivers accelerate all the way down the straight, reaching top speed just before braking to enter the turn. It’s anticipated that all-time USAC speed records will be shattered as the cars take on the Iowa Speedway oval.

“Iowa Speedway is one of the premier facilities in motorsports and having it as part of our list of Silver Crown venues is the next step as we continue to elevate the series profile,” said series coordinator Andy Hillenburg. “The past USAC races at Iowa Speedway are a big part of USAC’s history in the Hawkeye State and the races there have always been competitive and memorable. We look forward to the anticipated speed records and great racing we plan to offer the Iowa race fans in 2015.”

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