TURKEY NIGHT WEATHER CONTINGENCY
Ventura, California (November 25,
2019)………Ventura Raceway and USAC officials have announced
contingency plans in the event that Mother Nature interferes
with this week’s 79th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix
at California’s Ventura Raceway.
will evaluate the weather situation on Tuesday. If weather
appears to be strongly imminent on each of the race days, the
event will move to a Friday/Saturday schedule to be held on
time, the event is on as scheduled for November 27-28
beginning with Wednesday’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car/VRA
preliminary events and dash along with USAC Midget practice.
Thursday’s festivities culminate with main events for the
Sprint Cars and a 98-lap feature for the USAC NOS Energy Drink
National and Western States Midgets on Thanksgiving night.
occasions during the USAC era, 1956-present, the Turkey Night
Grand Prix has not been run on Thanksgiving night. It’s been
36 years since the last time it occurred back in 1983, when it
was run on Friday. Other similar occurrences came in 1965 when
it was run on Saturday of the same weekend, in 1973 when it
was contested on Friday, in 1975 on Sunday and in 1981 when it
was held nine days later on Saturday of the following weekend,
the only time the race has been held in December during the
More than 70
midgets are expected to compete in this year’s Turkey Night
Grand Prix, the most since 1992. Twelve states and three
countries are represented throughout the star-studded driver
lineup. NASCAR standout and two-time Turkey Night Grand Prix
winner Kyle Larson is among those entered.
pits open at 11am Pacific, drivers meeting at 2:45pm,
grandstands open at 3pm, hot laps at 3:15pm, immediately
followed by qualifying and racing events. All tickets that are
not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and
older and $20 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $50 each.
timetable is the same except for pits opening at 11:45am. The
slate features West Coast/VRA Sprint Car practice, qualifying,
heat races and a fast dash along with USAC Midget practice.
General admission tickets are $20 for adults on Wednesday, $15
for seniors/military/students and free for ages 12 and under
with an accompanying adult. Pit passes are $40 apiece.
tickets for the 79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix
are available online through www.venturaraceway.com or by
calling 805.648.7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the
Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura,
of racing action at Ventura can be watched live and on-demand
on FloRacing and listened to live via the USAC app. Follow
along with live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and
the Race-Monitor app.