The world of auto racing will be watching the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 this weekend but a number of Iowa tracks will feature racing during the holiday weekend. Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids hosts an event, tonight, according to track spokesman Brad Grupe. He says it will be a regular Friday night show with seven divisions running this weekend.
Grupe says for many people this weekend is the start of the racing season. He says as a Friday night track they avoid some of the conflicts with some of the national events. Grupe says people see the real racing season getting started with Memorial Day, as the weather starts getting nice.
Knoxville Raceway holds its weekly event on Saturday night and promoter Ralph Capitani says the two big races on Sunday don’t mean fewer fans at the local tracks. He says there are just as many people who go to the small tracks as before, and he doesn’t think the big races have much effect.
Capitani says Saturday night’s event will be a resumption of the season point race. Capitani says they have a heck of a point race going.