On Wednesday, June 6 in tiny Rossburg, Ohio, stars representing NASCAR, NHRA, INDYCAR and the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series align in a big way with the Prelude to the Dream.
Eldora Speedway will once again play host to the all-star dirt Late Model race featuring more than 25 world renowned drivers as they battle for dirt supremacy on the half-mile clay oval, all of which will be presented live to the entire nation by HBO Pay-Per-View® with proceeds from the telecast supporting Feed The Children, a U.S.-based charity that domestically has helped more than 365,000 families since 2009 through its Americans Feeding Americans Caravan.
The eighth annual event joins together racing luminaries from all disciplines in one spot, on one night behind the wheel of 2,300-pound dirt Late Model stock cars capable of putting out more than 800 horsepower. It is One Perfect Night.
Tony Kanaan of the IZOD IndyCar Series will again compete against Danica Patrick, who in 2012 has made the full transition from IndyCar to NASCAR. They'll rub fenders with straight-liners Ron Capps and Cruz Pedregon of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Dirt regulars Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz, who have collectively won 24 World of Outlaws championships, will race for the first time in dirt Late Models. All will join NASCAR stars such as Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, Bobby Labonte, Bill Elliott and many others, including a band of brothers: The Busch brothers - Kurt and Kyle - and the Dillon brothers - Austin and Ty.
The live, commercial-free broadcast will begin at 8 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. PDT) with an immediate replay. HBO Pay-Per-View's racing telecast has a suggested retail price of $24.95 and is available to more than 71 million pay-per-view homes. HBO Pay-Per-View is the leading supplier of event programming in the pay-per-view industry. Ordering information and up-to-the minute racing information is available at either www.PreludeToTheDream.org or www.HBO.com. Updates can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PreludeToDream and on Twitter at twitter.com/PreludetoDream.
The 2012 edition of the Prelude to the Dream includes hot laps, qualifying, heat races and a 40-lap feature with double-file "shootout style" restarts, all of which will be televised live by HBO Pay-Per-View. New participants include Patrick, Kinser, Schatz and Ty Dillon, who will join Stewart, Capps, Kenny Wallace and Kenny Schrader as drivers who have participated in every Prelude to the Dream since 2005, where Wallace was the inaugural winner.
For the top-10 finishers in the Prelude to the Dream, Feed The Children will send a food truck to each driver's hometown or city of their choice.
The seven previous Prelude to the Dream events have collectively raised more than $3.5 million. With each year's event gaining significant stature and mainstream interest, Stewart's ultimate goal is to have the 2012 Prelude to the Dream raise $1 million, with the proceeds impacting Feed The Children.
With no points and no pressure, the Prelude to the Dream is a throwback race, allowing drivers to step back in time and compete for the reasons they all went racing in the first place - pride and a trophy. And they'll do it on the same surface that racing legends A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti competed on nearly 50 years ago.