INDIANAPOLIS — With the release of the 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series schedule came the announcement that the series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second consecutive year Sept. 4-5.
The second annual Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink will take place on the quarter-mile Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The inaugural event drew 111 cars for the first-time event.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles made the announcement Thursday during the PRI Trade Show at the Indiana Convention Center.
“We had a fantastic event last year honoring Bryan Clauson who meant so much to all of you here,” Boles said. “Mostly I want to thank everyone standing here. We get to have a 2019 BC39 because of the short-track community. You guys all came together and celebrated the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and celebrated what Bryan Clauson meant to the racing community.
“We did it in a way that I think blew people away,” Boles continued. “The NASCAR community was there for the Brickyard 400 and I just returned from a meeting in New York City yesterday. They can’t stop talking about the short-track community and the event that we had. That’s a tribute to you guys. We were honored to host the event but it was really the community that made it work.”
The inaugural race was run despite rain, which delayed the event.
“Hopefully, we’ll have just as many cars, if not more and hopefully we’ll have better weather, so we won’t upset all the neighbors by racing cars at 12 o’clock at night,” Boles said. “We had a lot of great support from neighbors that understood what that event meant to our history. We had 90-percent positive calls about the event.
“Everybody has time to plan for it this year, so hopefully we have more than the 111 cars and the 12,500 people that came last year.”
The event once again will kick off race weekend at IMS for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line, creating five consecutive days of action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The event will continue to honor late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increase awareness of and participation in the Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.
Two-time USAC sprint car champion Brady Bacon won the 39-lap feature.