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I just saw this short article in our Chrysler Newsletter about the NHRA Nationals Event that was held in Colorado, and realized that our local track, Lucas Oil Raceway in “Indianapolis” would soon be hosting some of the BEST events of the year! What does that mean? Mark your calendars, save the dates – 3 great events are coming up!


I live in Brownsburg or “Nitro Alley”, just a short jaunt ‘down the road’ from the track. Weather permitting, when the windows in our kitchen are open; I can hear the dragsters and the roar of their engines! Call me weird, but even at 60+ years old, this sound is ”music to my ears”. This .686-mile oval hosts several premiere events during the course of the year and welcomes racers that are starting to hone their skills as well as those in some of the top levels of motorsports. Talk about fan traffic!

What are the upcoming events that should be saved to your calendar? Check them out!

Event #1: SpeedFest is “just around the corner” and will take place at the track on July 26-27 and will feature ARCA, USAC Midgets and Silver Crown along with the CRA Super Series.

Event #2: The grand-daddy big event to hit the track is the 58th annual Mac Tools U. S. Nationals held on Aug. 29-Sept. 3.

The Mac Tools U. S. Nationals is the world’s largest and most prestigious drag race and fans from across the globe will make their annual mecca to Lucas Oil Raceway to watch the stars of the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series battle for the most coveted trophy in all of drag racing. We are talking AWESOME
You have GOT to check out this video!

Event #3: The newest and fastest growing event to keep an eye one is the Monster Mopar Weekend which will visit the facility on Sept. 21-23.

Fans of Plymouth Road Runners, Dusters, Chargers and Challengers will able to walk the facility taking in some of the best classic American made cars. Cars and Mopar, what a combination, check out this view from the staging lane!

Shameful, but I HAVE to put a plug in for Brownsburg. I have been there for 15-years this fall, and it has grown to be a great partner for the NHRA racing series. Off of Northfield Drive * located between Hwy 136 and  I74W, there is race shop after race shop. Quite a haven for the enthusiast! Several times a year those shops are open to the public; one of the most attended is John Force’s shop. Check out this recent video during one of these fan favorite events.

NHRA + Mopar equals FUN times! Mark those calendars!

Your friends at O’Brien Automotive Family!
“Our family works for you. Since 1933”

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Going to the race this weekend? The O’Brien Automotive Family has a long history with the race. I have only been with the organization for a couple of years, so you can imagine my surprise when the Tom O’Brien CJDR Greenwood President carried in a large copy of the photo included in this post into a meeting this past Monday! Check out this interesting tidbit of history!

Per our company history, the O’Brien family automotive business started in January 1933 when Thomas J. O’Brien opened Sullivan and O’Brien DeSoto and Plymouth dealership on Virginia Avenue here in Indianapolis. One of their first advertising ventures included sponsoring car #25 during the Indianapolis 500 in 1933, a mere 5-months after opening. The car was driven by Shorty Cantlon.


Shorty’s race ended short of the finish that day, but the experience of sponsoring a vehicle for the dealership was well-received by the general public. Consequently, they went on to sponsor a car several years after that initial race.

 

 

 

 
Do you have a story to share about your family and their involvement with the Indianapolis 500? We would love to hear about it!
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O’Brien Automotive Family – “Our family works for you. Since 1933”

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It’s May in Indianapolis, and you know what that means! In a word, excitement! So much to do, and it is all crammed into 31-days!

 

 

 

One of the first things I think about when May rolls around is the Indy 500. And of course, I then think about the tradition of the event and everything that leads up to the race. Jim Nabors and his rendition of “Back Home Again in Indiana”….Let’s start with the announcement that Jim Nabors will not be here, in person, to sing “Back Home Again in Indiana”….Did you know Nabors began performing the song in 1972? The 81-year-old will undergo a heart surgery later this month and will miss the pre-race celebration where he has sung for years. An IMS Productions video crew is scheduled to fly to Hawaii next week to film Nabors singing the song, IMS spokesman Doug Boles said today….so, the tradition lives on!

Other events of interest / Of course for us, it is ALL about cars:

 

 

The Celebration of Automobiles also will take place on Opening Day, Saturday, May 12 at IMS, with nearly 200 beautiful, rare vehicles competing for awards – including the Road & Track Trophy — in the Vintage and Historic Car Show. An Emerging Tech Showcase has been integrated into the Celebration of Automobiles this year.

 

 

 

 

Full-sized Hot Wheels® cars are ready to race into The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis May 26 in the all-new exhibit, Hot Wheels For Real™. just in time for The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. This new family exhibit will serve up immersive activities for three generations of Hot Wheels fans. There’s something for mom, dad, grandparents and of course today’s youngest Hot Wheels fans.

Lots to do in and around Indianapolis during the month of May – do you have any plans? Any family traditions regarding the Indianapolis 500? We would LOVE to hear about your favorite memory regarding the Indianapolis 500!

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O’Brien Automotive Family – “Our family works for you. Since 1933”
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