Over 340 drivers featured in Chili Bowl race

Posted at 9:40 PM, Jan 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 20:03:09-05

Since 1987, the Chili Bowl Nationals has been Tulsa's largest race car event and has grown to be the premiere midget championship in the world.

Five countries and over 34 states will be represented in this year's race featuring 342 drivers during the week long event.

Practice begins Monday and qualifying lasts through Friday. Full schedule here.

UK Formula One driver, Tom Harris, competed for the first a year ago and says on the final night the atmosphere is electric.

“I couldn't believe on Saturday the amount of people they crammed into this building and the racing is a show. The racing gets better and better and better all week and come to final night, Saturday night, especially for the feature. The feature on Saturday night is a spectacle within itself,” Harris said.

Over the last 30 years the track has been graced by the presence of Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, and last year's winner Rico Abreu attracting dozens of up and coming racers to attend and potentially match up against some of best drivers in the sport.

1984 West Coast USAC Champion, Tommy White, is coming out of retirement at the age of 55 and says he wants the opportunity to race for the life long memory he will earn.

“I've always loved racing and this is one of the top races that you ever want to run and I've never run here. So, it's kind of like a bucket list,” White said. 

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