2020 Battle at the Brickyard Date
USAC Karting 2020 Battle at the Brickyard.
September 18, 2019
The date is set, and everyone is invited. The 4th installment of USAC Karting’s Battle at the Brickyard returns to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway July 23-26, 2020. Thursday will be load in and registration day as in years past. On track activities will begin on Friday morning the 24th with racing throughout the weekend ending with the Feature events on Sunday July 26th.
As many are aware the date was moved with the Brickyard 400 taking the July 4th weekend. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has also announced the return of Motorcycle racing in August, with MotoAmerica. With summer booked full of events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway it is not as simple as moving the date a week or two. Many dates are brought up with the window of setup and tear down between other events at the Brickyard.
We would like to thank all of the karting series, promoters, clubs, and tracks for working with USAC and our schedule to make this event as large as it has become in the first three years. The focus on this event has been to make it fun and competitive, while karters from across the globe could attend while working out of their pick-up truck or out of a semi-trailer.
Stay in touch with USAC karting as we have several updates and announcements planned throughout the coming weeks and months including the class structure, rules, pit area and much more for the 2020 Battle at the Brickyard with registration opening at Midnight on February 1st, 2020. Also stay tuned for news regarding the 2020 Thor Industries Elkhart Riverwalk Grand Prix in the future as well as the 2020 24 Hours of Orlando.
New Grid Flow for Battle at the Brickyard
November 26, 2017 Indianapolis, IN –When karts return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway July 5-8, 2018 there will be an improved flow to the grid, track entrance, and pit in. IMS has agreed to remove a section of the wall and fence at the north end of the grid area to allow an easier exit after scaling your kart.
"One of the only real 'issues' we had last year was the flow of the grid," stated USAC Karting Director Mike Burrell. "We only had the one entrance/exit last year, on the east side of the grid, and that created a bottle neck at times. Tony (George Jr) and I talked about what we could do to improve the race and this was the first thing I thought of."
With the flow changes to the grid, it becomes "one way". Anyone caught entering/exiting with a kart in the wrong direction will receive a 10 spot grid penalty for their next on-track session.
"We're expecting at least 100 more entires this year! The response after last year's Indy race was incredible. To accommodate everyone, we'll need to all work together and follow procedures like this. It only adds about 700' to anyone's walk; look at it as exercise," said Burrell laughing.
Also look for announcements coming soon regarding: improved viewing of the start/finish line, class structures, added food and concession options, and more! Our goal is to make the Battle at the Brickyard the 'must do' karting event of the summer by keeping it fun and affordable!
USAC Karting making the move to CIK Body and Seat Rules
USAC Karting to utilize common CIK Body rules for 206 classes at all events in 2020.
Starting in 2020 USAC Karting will utilize the same rule structure for all USAC Karting events. With the landscape of 4-cycle karting changing in North America, USAC is poised to make the switch to CIK structured body and seat rules in all classes. The CIK styled rules are already used in all 2-cycle classes as well as all 206 classes at the Battle At The Brickyard and the SimCraft 24 Hours Of Orlando sanctioned by USAC Karting.
All classes will now utilize CIK styled bodywork rules and sit up styled seats at all USAC sanctioned karting events. USAC will continue to allow both plastic and metal hoop styled full width rear bumpers. In addition, all senior and masters classes will use a maximum 143mm or 5.625” front wheel and 216mm or 8.50” rear wheel and the junior class will use a 180mm (or 7.10”) x 5” rear wheel in 2020.
The move comes after carefully watching multiple tracks and series’ across the country and the growth of the CIK structure in the United Sates. USAC has been in discussion with other organizations nationally and globally, as well as discussions with drivers and entrants at events in 2018 and 2019 prior to making this decision. As a whole we have seen a shift in the bodywork used and rules in the United States. This will continue to build on a universal rule set as we move towards the future of sprint racing.
In addition to all 206 classes making the move to USAC’s CIK rules; USAC will continue to follow and support the Briggs and Stratton 206 rules for the 2020 season. USAC is a permanent member of ACCUS and the US representative for the CIK-FIA in the United States. The CIK-FIA is responsible for the homologation of and including safety testing of current bodywork globally.
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