Vermeil Classic To Pay $10,000 To Winner


INDIANAPOLIS – The upcoming sixth annual Louie Vermeil Classic scheduled for Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway will offer an unprecedented $10,000 to win for drivers participating in the Honda USAC Western Midget Series.

The event showcases the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and Honda Western Midgets and has become a signature event for race fans on the West Coast.

Held at the spectacular half-mile dirt oval at the Napa County Fairgrounds, the races have in six short years produced some of the biggest memories of each year and this year’s action should extend that tradition.

Each night’s racing features a 25-lap Midget and 30-lap Sprint race and the prize money for the Midgets ranks this event among the largest in American history, with Midget racing dating back roots which started in California back in 1933.

Additional incentive for Midget drivers will be the unprecedented “promoter’s option” being offered to both Calistoga feature winners for the Nov, 23 Turkey Night Grand Prix USAC season-closer at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. Race organizer J.C. Agajanian and Perris Auto Speedway owner Don Kazarian are excited that their event will have the honor of including these winners in their prestigious 98-lap classic.

The Louie Vermeil Classic will also serve as the first race since the historic half-mile speedway was renovated. Fans and drivers will get the first glimpse of the newly configured race track and the upgraded amenities around the fairgrounds.

Adding to the intrigue is the fact that this upcoming race weekend is the only scheduled event to take place on the half-mile at Calistoga in 2013. Back in April the scheduled World of Outlaw race was canceled because of incumbent bad weather.

Calistoga Speedway Operations Manager Tommy Hunt and Napa County Fairgrounds CEO Carlene Moore are pleased to be able to announce this historic purse for the “Louie Vermeil Classic.

“This is something we had dreamed about doing since the inaugural Louie Vermeil back in 2008,” said Hunt. “With that kind of money on the line it puts this race right up there with the Nation’s best.”