The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) recently announced the second running of the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational weekend at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on June 11-14, 2015.
As was the case in 2014, Lyn, Willy T. Ribbs and Mark Dinsmore were the first three drivers to sign on to the ‘Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am’ event. Scheduled for Saturday, June 13, this year’s Pro-Am promises an even larger field than last year where 24 drivers took the green flag. For the 2015 running, as many as 33 former Indianapolis 500 drivers are set to compete on the Speedway’s 2.43-mile Grand Prix road course track.
As with the inaugural event, the cars for the Pro-Am will be 1963 to 1972 vintage Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs with an engine displacement limit of 355 cubic inches. The Indianapolis 500 veterans will be paired with amateur drivers in a 45-minute timed race. The individual teams will determine how they split their time behind the wheel.
Lyn, who races occasionally in additional SVRA events and pulled double duty at last year’s Brickyard, is impressed with the growth of the series:
Tony Parella is really taking vintage racing to the next level. The professionalism in their paddock is outstanding and I believe in his vision of establishing vintage racing as a recognized motorsports alternative for fans and drivers.
Please take a moment to watch some highlights from last year’s Pro-Am event, where Al Unser Jr. and Peter Klutt were victorious:
The Pro-Am cars and drivers will participate in a Fan Walk through on the starting grid prior to the opening ceremonies – which allows fans to see the cars up close, take photos and chat with the drivers. All entry fees will be donated to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum Foundation.
In addition to running the SVRA’s 11 groups, there will also be a Car Show on the golf course on the IMS grounds. Over 1,000 cars expected to participate in the activities. The 50th Anniversary of Jimmy Clark’s first Indy 500 win will be celebrated with a display in front of the Pagoda. And, the Unser Family Reunion is also planned, with Al Unser Sr., Al Unser Jr., Bobby Unser and Robby Unser in attendance. On Saturday evening, a Driver and Crew party will be held under the stars, with a live concert by Blood, Sweat & Tears and a spectacular fireworks. Admission to dinner is by race credential only; the concert and fabulous fireworks display are open to all at no charge.
Brickyard Invitational Ticket Information
Fans can order Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational tickets for all or any one of the four days of the event through the Speedway website or by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday. Fans can also visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at 4790 West 16th Street between 8 a.m.-‐5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday. Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information. Children 12 and under are admitted free each day when accompanied by an adult. Tent camping passes in the IMS infield start at $30 and are available all four days as well.
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association is the premier vintage racing organization in the United States. Founded in 1981 by Ford Heacock III the SVRA has 2,000 members. It currently sanctions 18 events at some of the finest racing venues in the United States, including: the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sebring, Road America, Watkins Glen, Auto Club Speedway, Road Atlanta, Pocono Raceway, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Sonoma Raceway, Portland International Raceway and Virginia International Raceway. The rapidly growing organization hosted the first U.S. Vintage Racing National Championships at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas in 2013.
Further information on SVRA, a complete schedule for the weekend and an entry list can be found on the SVRA website.