Hot Wheels Plans Record Jump at Indy 500
Curt Cavin, IndyStar.com
A world-record jump of a truck will be part of next month’s 100th-anniversary Indianapolis 500.
Hot Wheels, which is an Indianapolis Motor Speedway partner, will stage the event at 10:50 a.m. on May 29, just over an hour before the green flag drops for the race. The target for the jump is 302 feet.
The track will be set up on a portion of the road course inside the oval’s Turn 4, and it will resemble a Hot Wheels track in a child’s bedroom. The launch point will be 100 feet in the air with a 45-degree descent down a 16-foot-wide track.
At the wheel will be a masked stunt driver.
The vehicle will be a Pro2-style truck weighing a NASCAR-like 3,500 pounds has an 850-horsepower engine.
The contract with IMS was signed Monday night, track spokesman Doug Boles said. Twenty-six truck loads of materials are now on the property to begin construction.
IMS will sell a special ticket package for the H Stand and North Vista.