The Indoor Auto Racing series has been a long-running event but it will take over the Expo Center at the New York State Fairgrounds for the first time Friday and Saturday night.
Unveiled during the 2018 NYS Fair — racing promoters say the Expo Center is the “perfect venue” for their events that run in other major venues in Allentown, Penn., and Atlantic City.
The crew pours soda syrup on the concrete floor in the Expo Center like it does on all of its racing stops to create a sticky surface for the small, speedy cars to grip as drivers make tight turns at about 60 miles per hour.
Promoters say the racing style puts fans close to the action.
“It’s not a two and a half mile super speedway like Daytona or Indianapolis,” said Len Sammons, Indoor Auto Racing promoter. “It’s very small, but we start 24 cars in our main event. And they get around here in a pretty quick time. They’ll be turning seven or eight second laps.”
Drivers from Upstate New York will be on the track along with racers from across the country.
Sammons says dirt track and asphalt drivers use indoor racing like this series to stay race-ready for their regular seasons, much like spring training for baseball players.
The event features two separate shows on Friday and Saturday night with a driver set to be crowned as the series champ on Saturday.
Gates open at 6 p.m. Friday and at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Show promoters say kids can visit the pit area for the first hour each night to meet drivers and check out the cars.
Tickers are available for children and adults. They can be purchased at the box office or online by clicking here.