For many years, the Rushville Police Department has kept a watchful eye over drivers near and around Rushville Consolidated High School and North Veterans Memorial Park in an effort to discourage “burning rubber” and speeding around the high school, the city pool and the fairgrounds.
However, thanks to a partnership of many organizations, speed and smoking tires will be encouraged during one weekend this summer.
The Heart of Rushville, Rush County Fairgrounds, city of Rushville, Rush County Chamber of Commerce and Riverside Park have partnered to bring the community a two-day kart Grand Prix race event along with a midget race the weekend of July 19.
Rushville will be hosting its inaugural Indy Kart Series (IKS) event this summer. The IKS is a group of professional kart racers from all over Indiana. “Racing has been a huge part of this community’s history and I think this will be an appropriate tribute,” said Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey.
This will be a free event for spectators.
Riverside Park will open the weekend’s activities Friday, July 19 with a free concert.
Jacobi Road and Zeke and the Geeks will be the opening acts and the featured act will be KIST (a KISS tribute band).
The events of July 20 will get underway bright and early when the city and its volunteers begin closing off the street that will become a street racing course.
“We have tried to keep the racing activities limited to the streets around the school and fairgrounds” said Gary Davis.
A map will be developed and published to clearly define the streets involved in the track construction and the adjacent fairgrounds activities. Vendors and racing related booths will be located in the fairgrounds area.
Saturday’s events will include course practice by the series competitors followed by the Mayor’s Race. This race will be a friendly rivalry of invited mayors pitted against one another with the victor claiming bragging rights and a traveling trophy.
Corporate sponsors and businesses will have a chance to join in the fun by signing-up for the “local celebrity” races.
After the local champion is determined, it will be time for IKS qualifying and IKS Pre-Finals.
That evening will conclude with a midget race at the fairgrounds starting at 6 p.m.
Sunday will include practice for the IKS competing drives, followed by the IKS final events.
Keep in mind the exact details of the week are still being developed by the community volunteer board and the sanctioning body.
“We hope we can get people to come to town to recognize Rushville’s rich racing history, and for our guests to gain a better understanding of what a fantastic racing community Rushville really is. People looking forward to events in Rushville and making plans to spend a weekend here is a very good thing in my opinion,” Pavey said.
There soon will be flyers and brochures around town promoting the event.
If you would like to get involved in volunteering for the event contact the Chamber of Commerce.
Organizers believe that the sheer scale of an event this large will be an enormous undertaking for the community, but also believe that it will become a memorable tradition for our community.
The event’s proceeds will go to support local worth-while volunteer organizations.
The following races will be locally organized through Sandy Fussner at the Chamber of Commerce.
MAYOR’S RACE: Rushville’s mayor will race against other state-wide mayors for the Mayor’s Cup Trophy.
COMMUNITY CHALLENGE: There will be a series of heat races between the Corporate Sponsors/Event Sponsor and local individuals and companies whose choose to “buy a ride” ($100/kart, karts provided by IKS).
COMMUNITY CHALLENGE: “Buy-in.” Sign-up sheet and more information available at City Hall and the Chamber of Commerce.
— Rushville Republican