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600 Entries for Indy vintage show June 6h to 8th.

Postby Ron Verash » Sun May 11, 2014 10:12 pm

For the first time ever, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host more than 600 of the world’s finest and most historic racecars as they compete on the recently reconfigured road course as well as running exhibition events on the famed 2.5-mile oval. Two-time Indianapolis 500 Mile Race winner Al Unser Jr. will compete in the “Indy Legends Pro-Am,” a special feature to the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association June 6-8 “Brickyard Invitational” vintage race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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 racecars 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.

Ticket Information
Tickets for Race Day Sunday, June 8 start at just $25! You can purchase a Three Day Pass that will gain you access to Friday, Saturday and Sunday for only $40, that is a $20 savings! Special Offer: All 2014 IMS Ticket Holders receive $10 off the Three Day Pass. Login to your IMS account to receive the savings. Purchase Vintage Racing Tickets Now

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Price

Friday, June 6 $15
Saturday, June 7 $20
Sunday, June 8 $25
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Re: 600 Entries for Indy vintage show June 6h to 8th.

Postby Ron Verash » Sun May 11, 2014 10:13 pm

Eliseo Salazar, pictured before one of his Indianapolis 500 starts, will take part in the Indy Pro-Am June 8. (IndyCar photo)

SOUTHLAKE, Texas – Two more high-profile Indy car drivers joined the Sportscar Vintage Racing can't use’n's Indy Legends Pro-Am race on Wednesday. Eliseo Salazar and Dick Simon will compete against an already talent-packed field of Indianapolis 500 veterans on June 8 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. At least 24 Indianapolis 500 veterans are expected to take part in the contest. The SVRA, America’s premier vintage racing organization, is creating a return to competition for the famous drivers with a 40-minute race of American muscle cars. The cars for the Pro-Am will be 1967 to 1972 vintage Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs of “Group 6,” with an engine displacement limit of 355 cubic inches. The Indianapolis 500 veterans will be paired with amateur drivers, each taking a 20-minute stint. Five minutes will be allotted for driver change. Simon and Salazar combined for the duo’s only Indy car victory in the final race of the 1997 Indy Racing League season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Salazar drove a Dallara-Oldsmobile for a team managed by Simon. Salazar, a versatile talent, competed in Formula One, Le Mans, World Rally Championship racing and, of course, the Indianapolis 500. In Indy car racing he not only drove for Simon but also the legendary A.J. Foyt for three years. His results at the Indianapolis 500 were impressive with two front-row starts and finishes of third, fourth, sixth and seventh. He remains the only Chilean-born driver to compete in Formula One.

Simon is one of the most colorful characters of Indianapolis 500 history. He saw the promotional value for his sponsors of being the first car to take to the track when practice opened in May. A veteran of 17 Indianapolis 500s, he scored a best finish of sixth in 1987. He was a highly respected car owner and team manager helping to launch the careers of such notables as two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk and 1992 Rookie-of-the-Year Lyn St. James who was one of the first entries in the “Indy Legends” Pro-Am last month.

In addition to Salazar, Simon and St. James a stellar field of entries for the Pro-Am has already been announced, including: two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr., Willy T. Ribbs, Mark Dismore, Geoff Brabham, Alex Lloyd, Johnny Parsons Jr., Davey Hamilton, Robby Unser, Pete Halsmer, Rocky Moran, Rick Treadway, Spike Gehlhausen, Billy Roe and John Hollansworth. Parnelli Jones, who won the 1963 Indianapolis 500, will pace the field as part of his duties as Brickyard Invitational Grand Marshal. Bobby Unser was recently announced as the leader of the Brickyard Invitational high-speed oval experience.

“Uniting Eliseo and Dick again is just one of the many great stories the Brickyard Invitational is producing,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “From my conversations with fans they are really going to get a kick out of catching up with these great drivers and finding out what they are up to. They might be surprised to know that a few of them were already entered as drivers or coaching some of our regular drivers.”
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