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SIRA racers ready to continue season

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Racers of the Southern Indiana Racing Association (SIRA) will be doing anything but parking in Forest Park this weekend, as the racing season continues.

The finest traveling go-kart racing series in the state will resume its annual pilgrimage to one of the more picturesque venues on its schedule.

Forest Park features a unique running/walking track, which is transformed into a high speed, tri-oval race track.

Bump drafting and wheel-to-wheel racing down the park's long arching straightaway will allow racers 65 mph speeds, aided by the semi-banked turns. Lap times are usually in the 20-25 second range, making it one of the faster tracks on the SIRA schedule.

"We really like racing here, as the track provides a type of tight, close racing that we can't get at other courses, due to the layout, SIRA Club President Jamie Sowders said. "We've had a good long standing relationship with the (Rotary Club of Brazil), and the fans look forward to seeing our guys fight wheel-to-wheel on this bull-ring course.

"Our racers are coming from a highly successful street racing event at Martinsville, where they had wide corners, two block runs, and speeds exceeding 85 mph. The Forest Park layout is smooth and fast, but narrow, and the karters find it a challenge to pass. Lapped traffic can also be an issue."

Besides the racing, Forest Park is a very pleasant stop for the racers with its spacious acres of large shade trees, offering more than just another track to race on.

Many of the racers will camp out for the weekend.

This is a two-day event for SIRA. There is no admission charge to watch the racing.

Saturday will feature practice from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and pre-final heat races by class will begin shortly after 3:30.

On Sunday, a couple of morning practice rounds will start at 10 a.m., with feature racing by class shortly after noon.

At least 11 classes of karters will be presented.

Besides the racing, barbecue and blues music are planned for Saturday evening, sponsored by Clay County Search and Rescue.

For more information on SIRA, log on to www.sirakarting.org.



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