Getting dirty for a good cause

Posted by Iannucci | 9/12/2008 | 11 comments »
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For those of you in Southern or Central Indiana, be sure to check out the "Race to Recovery" event at the Terre Haute Action Track TONIGHT. Why?

Nearly a dozen current and former IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights drivers will take to the dirt Sept. 12 at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and run a 20-lap event on the clay-covered half-mile. No points, no purse, the drivers will race for the love of the sport, a trophy and to help raise money for some deserving organizations that aided flood victims in the Wabash Valley in June.

The Race to Recover was the brainchild of Davey Hamilton, who has never raced on dirt. He started talking to fellow drivers in the IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights paddocks, as well as some modified team owners about using some cars, and the event came together quickly.

The tentative driver lineup includes Hamilton, A.J. Foyt IV, Tomas Scheckter, Sarah Fisher, E.J. Viso, Arie Luyendyk Jr., Jay Howard, Vitor Meira, Scott Goodyear and 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice.

The hope is to raise at least $10,000 for Wabash Valley charitable organizations.

For more information check out The Action Track's site. Tickets start at $10, and the opportunity of seeing Vitor and Viso going at each other on a dirt track is worth that alone.

UPDATE: In a cruel twist of irony, and even designed to benefit victims of flooding has been postponed due to rain.

The Monster Modified Classic /Race to Recover has been postponed due to heavy rains.

The event will be run on October 4th in conjunction with the Hut Hundred.


  1. Anonymous // September 12, 2008 9:16 AM  

    it should be good and muddy too... we've had about 4" of rain just South of the Action track...

    w00 h00, said Homer!

  2. Anonymous // September 12, 2008 10:12 AM  

    EJ claimed this was cancelled... anyone hear differently?

  3. Anonymous // September 12, 2008 10:20 AM  

    From the Action Track Website:

    The Monster Modified Classic /Race to Recover has been postponed due to heavy rains.

    The event will be run on October 4th in conjunction with the Hut Hundred.

  4. Iannucci // September 12, 2008 10:24 AM  

    Thanks. Updated. Karma got me for the title of the previous post.

  5. Anonymous // September 12, 2008 1:08 PM  

    actually, Oct 4th works better for me since IU's football game is @ Minnesota that week... so it's all good.


  6. Fred Hurley // September 12, 2008 4:04 PM  

    Vs should get this! Seriously!

  7. Anonymous // September 12, 2008 6:35 PM  

    Karma didn't get you, I'm a loyal reader ! As a Hoosier, I'm thankful to you for the "word butchering" since I've heard very little about this race other than from Davey Hamilton on IMS broadcasts. Iowa got all the attention (no hard feelings Pressdog), but few people realize this was the 2nd big flooding in Indiana this year. The first was in the Evansville area where I live in March. I'm a teacher and missed school because of water covering the roads. I just tonight made the trip from Southwestern IN to INDPLS and was able for the first time to get through the rural area that was hard hit in June. They just now have the road repaired over the White River that was washed out in Worthington, IN in June. (No, I'm not here for the Moto GP race) Maybe this will give Davey more time to get others involved. He's doing a great thing, especially since his IMS partner, Mike King's, house in Terre Houte was flooded in June.

    Thanks again for the coverage, Jeff, I hope they have a great turn out in Oct.

    Sorry for the rant.

  8. pressdog // September 12, 2008 6:51 PM  

    Word butcher!

  9. Anonymous // September 12, 2008 7:38 PM  

    Somebody needs to get this (please!) and throw the highlights on YouTube.

  10. Anonymous // September 13, 2008 6:46 AM  


    i am from evansville... born and raised, graduated from central in 1977... my dad was with the EVSC for 35+ years... retired in 1984.

    you teach at EVSC?

    small world..

    and yes, indiana floods have taken a toll on sullivan county too.

  11. Anonymous // September 13, 2008 9:21 AM  

    J E Clerk-I live in Newburgh and have taught Art at Wood Memorial High School in Oakland City for 10 years. I'm the Moderator over at Marco Andretti's official FanZone site. (hence the name) I was raised in Brownsburg on Indpls westside where Aldo's family lived. I was going to go through Terre Haute on my way to the parentals' house last night and support the effort. Decided to go the other way after it was canceled.