The festivities surrounding the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals will kick off Aug. 19 with the inaugural Big Go Block Party in the heart of Brownsburg, Ind. The event will take place from 6-9 p.m. at the Brownsburg Town Hall complex and will feature a driver autograph session, show cars from numerous NHRA teams, and many interactive displays.
Beginning at 7 p.m., top NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series racers will take part in a free autograph session and will allow fans to interact with their favorite drivers.
Representing the Top Fuel category will be Shawn Langdon and Khalid alBalooshi of Al-Anabi Racing; Antron Brown, Tony Schumacher, and Spencer Massey of Don Schumacher Racing; Brittany Force of John Force Racing; Steve Torrence of Capco Racing/Torrence Motorsports; Richie Crampton of Morgan Lucas Racing; and Leah Pritchett of Dote Family Racing.
Funny Car racers Courtney Force and Robert Hight from John Force Racing; Matt Hagan, Jack Beckman, and Tommy Johnson Jr. of Don Schumacher Racing; and Cruz Pedregon and Tony Pedregon of Pedregon Racing will also take part in the autograph session.
Pro Stock Motorcycle racers Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec of the Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team will also be on hand to meet the fans.
Show cars from Don Schumacher Racing, Pedregon Racing, Morgan Lucas Racing, and the John Force Road Show will be on display for fans to get an up close and personal view of these impressive machines.
Former Indianapolis Colts player Hunter Smith and his Hunter Smith Band will play live music from 7-9 p.m., and racing-themed business from Brownsburg and the surrounding area will be on hand, including Cold Hard Art, Walt’s Hot Rods, and artist Bruce Tatman.
A Kids Zone that will include face painting by Frazee Gardens, a bounce house, inflatable obstacle course, bungee run, and sumo wrestling will be available for kids to take part in. There will also be a #GrowlikeGarlits booth that kids can craft their own beards to celebrate the 1967 Don Garlits Top Fuel win at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
Fans at the Big Go Block Party will also have the opportunity to sample Mello Yello products, and six food vendors will be at the event.
A school supply drive for Brownsburg Community Schools will take place as well as a dunk tank with drivers, local celebrities, and town officials with balls to be purchased for $5 for three balls.
For more information about The Big Go Block Party, like Facebook.com/BigGoBlockParty and follow @BigGoBlockParty on Twitter.
On the racetrack, the 60th anniversary Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals will feature intense side-by-side racing at more than 320 mph as drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle compete for their share of the $2 million purse and battle for important world championship points. The race is the final regular-season stop for the circuit and will establish the top-10 fields for the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Perhaps more importantly, drivers will compete to earn a permanent spot in NHRA history, as a Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals winner. The Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals will take place at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Aug. 27-Sept. 1.