For the first time ever, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host more than 500 of the world’s finest and most historic race cars as they compete on the recently reconfigured road course as well as running exhibition events on the famed 2.5-mile oval as part of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational to be held June 6 – 8.
The races will showcase a wide variety of cars including cars that competed in past Indianapolis 500s, cars from the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, Formula One, Grand-Am prototypes and Trans-Am. In addition, American racing cars from makes like Chevrolet will compete with historic race cars from Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, MG and many others in twelve different classes of racing. A special class will also feature open-wheel race cars with Indianapolis 500 or other historic racing background.
Racing at IMS will be virtually non-stop each day from 8 a.m .- 6 p.m. The cars will be on display in the infield and open to all fans providing up close access to the racecars.
“Indianapolis Motor Speedway fans appreciate and enjoy the history of racing and welcoming this event to IMS is the perfect way to celebrate racing history with cars that have competed in all different classes and many different venues over the last 100 years,” says J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “SVRA events are incredibly fan friendly, offering everyone the rare opportunity to get close to the historic racecars, talk to the owners and drivers, and trade stories about racing’s heritage. When you combine the story of each of the cars competing to the over 100 years of history and stories of competition at IMS, this will be an unforgettable weekend of racing.”
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association is one of the oldest and largest of the vintage racing organizations in the United States. Originally called the Southeast Vintage Racing Association and founded in 1981, the organization has become the premier vintage racing organization in the United States with more than 1,500 members. Over the years SVRA has conducted Vintage events at legendary race tracks throughout the country including Sebring, Road America, Watkins Glen International, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and Circuit of the Americas.
"We are extremely pleased and excited to present the first ever Vintage racing event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” says SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “We are confident that the incredible heritage and geographic location of the Speedway will make the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational the largest Vintage event ever held in the United States.”
Fans can order Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational tickets at www.ims.com/tickets, by calling (800) 822-INDY or (317) 492-6700.
Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993.