Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park may have a new name this year, but it will continue to be a hub for motorsports entertainment throughout the spring, summer and fall in 2022. The track's amenities include a popular oval track and a drag strip.
Today, I want to focus on the drag strip. And while signature racing events like the NHRA U.S. Nationals will once again create a roar out at the track later this year, this venue will also host many other events.
Here's my list of top events on the drag strip in 2022:
The track plans to kick off its popular Wild Wednesdays beginning tomorrow, April 6. This event, which like every other event is weather permitting, continues to grow in popularity allowing anyone with a vehicle to take runs down the track. And believe me, the participants who come out run the gamut. From minivans to high-performance sports cars and dragsters, you never know what you might see.
The track has scheduled eight Wild Wednesdays in 2022, and some nights as many as 200 vehicles show up. Nothing is off limits in terms of the vehicle you can bring to race down the track.
Track organizers set aside those nights during the season to get people off the streets racing side-by-side legally and safely. For more information or the complete schedule of event days, click on the box below.
Last year's first-year event went so well that they've expanded this year's Cleetus & Cars to a two-day festival, May 14-15.
This year's Cleetus & Cars will utilize both the drag strip and the oval with some changes to the schedule.
Action on the first day of the event will happen on the drag strip with a street car shootout and fun runs throughout the day and culminates with the event's popular burnout competition.
Fans will head over to the oval for the second day as Cleetus & Cars introduces the Indy 800 to its fans.
Gates open at noon on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday.
One of the largest diesel events you will find anywhere will move to a different month this year, June 3-5, at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.
The Ultimate Callout Challenge will bring at least 200 diesel drag racers to the legendary drag strip for a sixth year. That makes it the second largest event on LOR's drag strip in 2022 behind only U.S. Nationals.
In addition to drag racing, this three-day event also includes sled pulling and much more.
Single-day or weekend passes are available to be part of this fun event.
The self-proclaimed World's Largest Car Audio Show returns June 11-12 to Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Slamology is a massive custom car show and music festival that attracts auto enthusiasts from all over the country and even the world to show off their cars, enjoy live music and compete for prizes. If you have a hot rod to show off or even if you're just a fan, there's lots to enjoy during this fun-filled weekend.
Some of the contests at the event include auto limbo competition, a hydraulics demonstration and a car stereo contest.
Always an annual favorite, this summer event scheduled for July 15-16 allows participants to bring their cars right off the street to compete in different classes throughout the weekend.
Street Car Takeover generally brings in a younger crowd of racers and various styles of cars and attracts 3,000-5,000 fans in the stands as well.
This also is where Cleetus McFarland of Cleetus & Cars was introduced to the Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park facility as he had become a regular at this event.
This remains the signature event on the NHRA circuit, and the most prestigious event in all of drag racing. The one event every participant wants to have on their resume returns Aug. 31-Sept. 5 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.
We will have much more about U.S. Nationals in the months to come, but one change from the last few years is a return to racing on Monday of Labor Day Weekend -- what diehard fans always called Championship Monday. An addition of an all-star event for the Top Fuel and Funny Car divisions during U.S. Nationals will push this year's final day back to Monday.
Other than that, expect the same heart-pounding, teeth-chattering and ear-piercing action you have come to expect where a ticket is also a pit pass. This truly remains an event for the entire family and a bucket-list attraction for so many.
The National Muscle Car Association's World Street Finals has remained a mainstay at the track for the past decade.
Scheduled for Sept. 23-25 this year, it features everything from a manufacturer's midway, giant car show and swap meet to autograph sessions and of course non-stop action on the drag strip.
If you love American-made muscle cars, this is truly the event for you.