Tony Stewart, who has three top-10 finishes in five Indianapolis 500 starts, will be offering an additional incentive to the 2010 Indy winner. Stewart announced Tuesday that he will invite the race winner to join NASCAR and other drivers at Stewart’s Eldora Speedway for a charity race on June 9.
“The winner of the 2010 Indianapolis 500 has a standing offer to compete in this year’s Gillette Fusion ProGlide Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway,” Stewart said. “We’ll have a car waiting for him or her, and we’d love to have whoever puts their name on the Borg-Warner Trophy at Indianapolis come about two hours east and compete in a dirt Late Model to raise money for charity.”
The dirt Late Model stock car that will be waiting for the winner of the 2010 Indianapolis 500 will feature imagery from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Centennial Era campaign, which prominently features the famous wing and wheel logo of the racing institution.
The sixth annual Prelude to the Dream will be headlined by the Gillette Young Guns, made up of NASCAR drivers Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and Joey Logano. Among other Sprint Cup drivers scheduled to compete will be Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth. All will drive 2,300-pound dirt Late Model stock cars capable of putting out more than 800 horsepower.
The event gives drivers the opportunity to raise money for charity while competing at Eldora . Many NASCAR drivers started their racing careers on dirt tracks. The 2010 Prelude will benefit four Children’s Hospitals and will be offered live on HBO Pay-Per-View.