BALTIMORE, MD — Exciting Indoor Auto Racing is coming to the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore on Saturday, December 8. Tickets for the first time event in Baltimore are slated to go on sale Monday, October 29 at noon at all Ticketmaster locations and the arena box office.
The show will feature the exotic TQ (Three Quarter) Midget race cars and agile Champ Karts that have put on many exciting indoor racing shows for a number of years under Len Sammons Productions.
Other Indoor Racing events are scheduled for the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., on December 31, 2012 and at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. for two consecutive days, February 1-2, 2013.
The 1st Mariner Arena is near the very popular Camden Yards baseball stadium and in the middle of Baltimore’s trendy Inner Harbor area, a tourist mecca with dozens of shops, restaurants and attractions.
“Baltimore is a great location for an indoor race,” said event organizer Len Sammons. “It is easily accessible from central Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. We expect the event to be as popular as our Atlantic City and Providence races have become in its very first year.”
Each class will compete against the clock in time trials that will determine starting positions in a series of qualifying heat races. The heat races will narrow the entries down to twenty-two starters for a 40-lap TQ Midget A-Main and a 25-lap Champ Kart feature event.
Grandstand gates will swing open at 6:00 p.m. with racing starting one hour later beginning with qualifying heat races.
Ted Christopher of Plainville, Ct., a many time NASCAR Whelen Modified champion, and a multi-time Indoor race winner in both Providence and Atlantic City, is the first official entrant for the Baltimore and Providence races. Other well known drivers such as Lou Cicconi Jr. and Joey Payne are expected to lead the TQ-Midget entries in the inaugural event.
Previous Indoor Champ Kart race winner Norman Hynes of Linthicum, Md. is expected to be a fan favorite as he bids for a home state victory opportunity. Competitors intending to enter the Baltimore or Providence events may do so now on line.
Technical rules and race procedures for both events are available on line at www.aarn.com or by calling (609)-888-3618.The entries are limited to 60 TQ-Midgets and 42 Champ Karts.
A host hotel for the Baltimore event will be announced in the very near future. The Clarion Inn in Seekonk, Mass. will serve as the host hotel for the Providence Indoor race. Located less than ten minutes from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Clarion guests will enjoy the ease of parking their vehicles at no charge in a secured area. Guests of the Clarion Inn will appreciate comfortable interior corridors that provide safe and easy room access. Reservations, available at a reduced nightly rate of $89.00, may be made by calling l-508-336-7300. With making reservations, ask for the “Indoor Racing” special rate.
The hotel restaurant, Di Parma Italian Table is open for lunch and dinner. Di Parma also provides room Service and a complimentary continental breakfast. A gala post-race New Years’ Eve Party has been planned at the Clarion, featuring beef and turkey carving stations, fruit and cheese displays, complimentary beer and wine from 11 p.m. until the stroke of midnight and a champagne toast to herald the arrival of 2013.
Title and associate event sponsorships are being sought for the three Indoor Race events.
Sources: Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. /Len Sammons Motorsports Promotions