It’s the second-oldest motor race in America.
But that doesn’t make the Turkey Night Grand Prix immune to the weather.
Ventura Raceway officials said would try to do everything they could to get the support races scheduled for Wednesday night to be run as scheduled on the dirt track.
As for the 70th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix on Thanksgiving night?
“Officials will evaluate the weather situation on Thursday,” read a release from Agajanian Promotions. “If weather appears imminent on Thursday, the Turkey Night Grand Prix will be run on Friday evening.”
Ventura Raceway at the Ventura County Fairgrounds can be reached at (805) 985-5433.
The Turkey Night Grand Prix began as midget race at Ascot Park in 1934, 23 years after this first Indianapolis 500 and 25 years before the first Daytona 500.
Over the years, racing legends including A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon have won the event.
The winner is presented with “The Aggie,” a maple trophy containing every year’s winners, and topped by a bronzed Stetson hat once worn by legendary promoter J.C. Agajanian.
New Documentary on Carroll Shelby
Fans excited by the Ford vs. Ferrari movie now in theaters have a chance to learn even more about legendary car designer Carroll Shelby.
A new documentary, titled “Shelby American,” was released Nov. 19
The two-hour feature includes interviews with virtually every big game in American racing.
It was produced by Burbank-based Chassy Media.
You can purchase a copy by going to the company’s website, ChassyMedia.Com.
The Definitive Story of GOLDENROD
The restoration of GOLDENROD, the American land speed record holder on the Bonneville Salt Flats, will be the subject of a special author’s signing session Saturday at Autobooks-Aerobooks in Burbank.
From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. John Brechtel will be signing copies of “The Definitive History of GOLDENROD. The American Iconic Land Speed Record Holder.”
The full-color coffee table book includes 300 pages of the history of American land speed attempts.
Autobooks-Aerobooks is located at 2900 Magnolia Avenue in Burbank.
Formula One Finale at Abu Dhabi
The 2019 Formula One season ends Sunday at the unique Yas Marina Circuit at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Mercifully, if you ask Haas F1 Team.
After three promising seasons of growth, the first American team in the World Driving Championship since 1986 went backwards, waaaaay backwards, in 2019.
Haas F1 Team only scored points in five of the 20 Grands Prix, after putting up 97 points and narrowly missing fourth place in the Constructors Championship in 2018.
This season, they’ve tumbled to ninth.
“Like the saying goes, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” said Guenther Steiner, the Team Principal. “We’ve endured a lot of tough times this season, but we’re stronger for the experience. We’ll bounce back in 2020.”
After rumors all summer that he would be fired, Romain Grosjean returns as the team’s lead driver.
“This year,” said the Swiss native, “showed us what not to do. We’ll be the wiser next time.
“What we learned from our struggles didn’t show up in the points. But it will show up in a stronger, tougher team in 2020.”