The Big Go Block Party returns to the town of Brownsburg, Ind. on Aug. 23, as the community celebrates the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Lucas Oil Raceway on Aug. 31-Sept. 5. The event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at Town Hall Green. The Big Go Block Party is hosted by the Town of Brownsburg, NHRA, Lucas Oil Raceway, Don Schumacher Racing and John Force Racing, and will feature family activities, entertainment and concessions.
Numerous drivers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will take part in an autograph session from 6-7 p.m. Drivers scheduled to appear are Antron Brown, J.R. Todd, Richie Crampton, Shawn Langdon, Leah Pritchett, and Brittany Force from the Top Fuel ranks. Funny Car racers scheduled to attend are Tommy Johnson, Matt Hagan, Cruz Pedregon, John Force, Courtney Force, Robert Hight, and Jeff Diehl. Pro Stock Motorcycle racers Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec also will take part in the autograph session.
Team show cars will also be on display during the event including the Top Fuel dragster of Tony Schumacher and the Funny Cars of Pedregon, Diehl, and Ron Capps.
Children will enjoy the free inflatable playground and a variety of exhibitors will have interactive experiences for attendees. Local food trucks will provide hot and cold concessions.
Fans may also bring a blanket and lawn chairs to enjoy a concert by popular central Indiana jam rock band 800 lb. Gorilla.
The event is a celebration of the jaw-dropping action of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series that returns central Indiana and is the world's most prestigious drag race.
The best of the best from all over the world head to Indianapolis to compete in the event known as the Big Go. Nearly 1,000 drivers will compete in 12 categories with hopes of hoisting the elusive Wally trophy on Labor Day Monday. With heightened competition and a holiday weekend crowd in attendance, a win at the Big Go often goes down on racers' résumés as the biggest single-race achievement.
Over the years fans have cheered on drag racing immortals like “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney and Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, as they raced to the winner's circle at the Big Go. Today's stars – such as nine-time Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Top Fuel winner Tony Schumacher, four-time Funny Car winner John Force and six-time Pro Stock winner Greg Anderson – are all racing with plenty of determination to continue to build upon their legacies.
This year's edition of the famed event will feature intense side-by-side racing as drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle compete for their share of Mello Yello Series points. Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel); Jack Beckman (Funny Car); Erica Enders (Pro Stock); and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were last year's winners.
SOURCE: NHRA ♦ PHOTO: Brian Groce