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Kokomo Speedway Celebrates Its 70th Anniversary
April 11, 2017
The 1/4-mile semi-banked clay oval in Kokomo, Indiana, is celebrating 70 years of racing this season. The track opened in 1947 as an exclusively midget-racing track.
Kokomo Speedway Celebrates Its 70th Anniversary

Kokomo Speedway, a 1/4-mile semi-banked clay oval in Kokomo, Indiana, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this racing season.

The next event of the season is the King of Kokomo which takes place on Sunday, April 30 and features sprint cars, modifieds and hornets. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. while grandstands open at 4 p.m. Tickets to the event are $20 for general admission and $30 for admission with pit access.

The track originally opened in 1947 with partners Albert Miller and John Rose. The pair, along with track builder and promoter Ted Everroade, opened the facility with the intent of it being exclusively a midget track.

Today, the track primarily races open-wheel cars and is owned by the O’Connor family, with Jarrod O’Connor serving as the race director and head of drivers’ meetings. The track underwent modifications including the addition of more banking to the track and widening the surface, new walls and a NASCAR- and IRL-approved catch fence.

Over the years the track has played host to virtually a who’s who in racing history. A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Lloyd Ruby, Troy Ruttman, Johnny Parsons, Parnelli Jones, Bill Vuckovich, Pancho Carter, John Andretti, Steve Butler, J.J. Yeley, Steve Kinser, Jack Hewitt, Rich Vogler, Tom Bigelow, Tony Stewart and Mike Groff are among those who have both raced at the track as well as in the Indianapolis 500.

The 2017 racing schedule features 21 events including special fireworks events on Monday, July 3 and Sunday, September 3.

For a complete schedule and more information, visit www.kokomospeedway.net.