Stars of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series were featured on Wednesday at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis as part of the Hot Wheels: Race to Win exhibit. Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle), Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle), and FOX Sports television analyst Tony Pedregon were at the museum during the event.
The drivers took part in a question-and-answer session with children at the museum, signed autographs, and more. The Hot Wheels: Race to Win exhibit uses Hot Wheels cars and tracks to demonstrate racing concepts and what it takes to stand in the winner’s circle.
“You get the chance to come here and play with all of the different attractions they have inside,” Hines stated. “All of the kids are having a great time jumping cars and racing them. We came out here today to teach them about drag racing, which is such a unique sport.”
Indiana is home to the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, held annually at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The event will celebrate its 63rd anniversary this season and is the 18th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the last race in the NHRA Mello Yello Series regular season. At the conclusion of the event, the top 10 drivers in four categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle – will be locked in to begin the six-race Countdown to the Championship, leading to 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships. Winners of the event last season were Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Chris McGaha (Pro Stock), and Andrew Hines(Pro Stock Motorcycle).
Tickets for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Aug. 30 -Sept. 4, are on sale now to the public at NHRATix.com.
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