Dec 97 - An IROC race will be held in 1998 a couple of days before the Brickyard 400 on July 31. Two IRL drivers will be competing in the IROC series in 98 - Arie Luyendyk and Tony Stewart.
The IROC (International Race Of Champions) series is using Firebirds this year. The IROC races pit champions from various American racing series together in equally prepped race cars on ovals.
Sep 97 - Tony George, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), announced that beginning in 1998, there will no longer be 2 weekends of qualifying, just one. This will save money for the speedway as well as for the race teams. This will help those race fans who travel long distance for the race to be able to experience more of the event.
Aug 97 - Ricky Rudd won the 4th annual Brickyard 400 Nascar race.
May 97 - Arie Luyendyk won the 81st Indianapolis 500 in the 3rd closest finish in history!!! Scott Goodyear came in a close second....again.
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