FORT WAYNE, Ind. – An indoor racing tradition that planted its roots on Jan. 6, 1956 returns to Fort Wayne this year on Dec. 27-28 with the running of the Rumble in Fort Wayne XXII.
That historic day marked the birth of the nationally known United States Auto Club with a Midget race on the floor of the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, with Gene Hartley collecting the checkered flag.
It was only the beginning of what was to be a history-filled collection of racing during the winter months in Fort Wayne.
That history continues to be made inside the massive complex; however, on a temporary racing oval vastly improved from the early years. Twenty-two years ago, a 108,000 square foot Expo Center was constructed alongside the original Coliseum and the racing transferred over to it, offering a much wider and longer racecourse.
As the size of the oval expanded, so did the menu of racing; a menu that remains in effect for this year. Joining the Midgets for two days and nights of racing programs will be the winged and non-winged 600cc Midgets, along with multiple divisions of Go Karts and Quarter Midgets.
Promoter Larry Boos is making very few changes to the event based on the success of the 2018 edition. As such, all event pricing will remain the same and the event format will mirror previous years, with some minor modifications to enhance the excitement and increase the fan and competitor involvement.
Justin Peck and Geoff Kaiser were the Rumble in Fort Wayne Midget division winners in 2018.