Thrilling indoor auto racing is returning to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on January 28-29, 2011.
Tickets for the event go on sale Wednesday, August 25 at 12 noon and will be available at the Boardwalk Hall box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling (800)-736-1420, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices remain the same from 2010, with kids 12 and under just $5 and adults as low as $15 on Friday and $20 on Saturday. All tickets are $2 more the day of the event. Friday night start time is 8 PM, Saturday start time is 7 PM.
High-powered, TQ Midget race cars will headline the two-day card for the ninth consecutive year. Some 100 drivers are expected to contend for the Gambler’s Classic title. Indoor racing is considered one of the most-competitive forms of motorsports. It is common for the cars to be separated by inches throughout an entire race.
The exciting environment of racing indoors in front of several thousand fans attracts many top drivers. For the fans, the action is right in front of their eyes, not miles away, with replays shown on the hall's video screens.
Lou Cicconi Jr. of Aston, Pa., captured his second career Gambler’s Classic title in January as he won a thrilling event over former NASCAR Modified and Busch East champion Mike Stefanik and Canadian driver Stewart Friesen.
The 2010 Gambler’s Classic was, in fact, a major draw for many including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart and Camping World Truck Series driver Johnny Benson, both of whom watched the on- track action.
“Indoor racing is some of the most intense you’ll ever see,” Cicconi said. “I know race fans will want to experience the speed and tight competition that happens when you are racing indoors.”
Former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ted Christopher of Plainville, Conn., has become a popular and competitive driver in Atlantic City. Christopher captured the Friday night race this past January.
Female dirt track stars Jessica Zemken and Becca Anderson were last-minute entries in January. Zemken competes on the outdoor dirt Sprint Car circuit in a car owned by Tony Stewart Racing, while Anderson has returned to the dirt United Racing Company 360 Sprint Car tour.
Details for the ninth annual A.C. Boardwalk Hall race are still being finalized. However, it’s confirmed that the powerful and thrilling TQ Midget race cars will be in competition on both nights. Each program will be highlighted by a main event, with 24 drivers competing. For more information, visit www.aarn.com or call (609)-888-3618.