Indy Bench Racing Will Return in 2019

Indy Bench Racing Will Return in 2019

Is it too early to talk about Indy Bench Racing Weekend (BRW) 2019?  The Indy Bench Racing Weekend Team doesn’t think so. For years, this group of racing history lovers met annually in Indianapolis. Thanks to some recent changes, BRW is planning a revival for next year.

“We are happy to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Indiana Racing Memorial Association (IRMA) to transfer the ownership of future BRW events to this dynamic organization,” said BRW officials on March 13. “We will be working with IRMA to make Indy BRW 2019 a special event and we have already discussed some terrific ideas for next year.”

Indy Bench Racing Will Return in 2019

IRMA has already named Dave Bozell and Gene Ingram as Co-Event Coordinators and they have begun to build a team to support the 2019 event.

“We much appreciate all the support from our existing participants who continue to value Indy Bench Racing Weekend,” said BRW’s Chuck Shuman. “It was truly an honor to have the opportunity to organize BRW and we think the depth and expertise within IRMA will give BRW the stability it needs to remain an annual ‘must do’ for so many of us.”

Shuman thanked the current BRW team for all their past efforts and recognized the efforts of Clare and Dolores Poremski, Marie Hall, Barb Hellyer, Donald Davidson, Bob Jenkins, Bob McConnell, Dave “The King” Wilson, Barb Hollingsworth, Nena Ray, Bob Beisel, Don Kay and Johnny Parsons.

Indy Bench Racing Will Return in 2019

Future communications from IRMA and the Indy Bench Racing Weekend Team will be posted to the IRMA Facebook page at Indiana Racing Memorial Association -IRMA and also on their website at

“It’s been a terrific run and we hope to see everyone at Bench Racing Weekend 2019,” said Shuman.

The accompanying photos are from the 2013 Indy Bench Racing Weekend.

Indy Bench Racing Will Return in 2019

About John Gunnell 139 Articles
John “Gunner” Gunnell has been writing about cars since ‘72. As a kid in Staten Island, N.Y., he played with a tin Marx “Service Garage” loaded with toy vehicles, his favorite being a Hubley hot rod. In 2010, he opened Gunner’s Great Garage, in Manawa, Wis., a shop that helps enthusiasts restore cars. To no one’s surprise, he decorated 3G’s with tin gas stations and car toys. Gunner started writing for two car club magazines. In 1978, publisher Chet Krause hired him at Old Cars Weekly, where he worked from 1978-2008. Hot rodding legend LeRoi “Tex” Smith was his boss for a while. Gunner had no formal journalism training, but working at a weekly quickly taught him the trade. Over three decades, he’s met famous collectors, penned thousands of articles and written over 85 books. He lives in Iola, Wis., with his nine old cars, three trucks and seven motorcycles.

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