Hundreds of Cars to Compete at IMS in Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational
For the second consecutive year, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association will visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, one of the nation’s largest vintage racing festivals featuring four days of action with cars of all types. Vintage Indy cars, Formula One cars, stock cars and more will run on the famed 2.5-mile oval and the 2.439-mile IMS road course from June 11-14.
Tickets are available at IMS.com and on-site; children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
More details on the event are below:
SCHEDULE: More than 500 cars spanning 11 groups will race virtually non-stop. Gates open at 8 a.m. each day.
Thursday, June 11
8 a.m.-12:35 p.m.: Group practice sessions, road course
1:05-6:05 p.m.: Road course qualifying sessions 1
Friday, June 12
8 a.m.-Noon: Road course qualifying sessions 2
12:40-1:10 p.m.: Pro-Am practice, road course
2:15-6 p.m.: Oval exhibitions
Saturday, June 13
8:15 a.m.-12:25 p.m.: Group races, road course
12:30-1:10 p.m.: Pro-Am fan walk, pit lane
1:10-1:30 p.m.: Pro-Am pre-race ceremonies
1:35-2:25 p.m.: Pro-Am race, road course
2:25-6:20 p.m.: Group races, road course
Sunday, June 14
8:20 a.m.: National Anthem
8:25-9:35 a.m.: Vintage/Classic enduro race (60 min.)
9:55-11:35 a.m.: Historic GTP/GT endure race (90 min.)
11:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: Fan walk, pit lane
12:35 p.m.: Unser family exhibition race, oval
1:05-5:15 p.m.: Oval exhibitions
PRO-AM: Thirty-three former Indianapolis 500 drivers, including two-time champion Al Unser Jr., will practice on Friday and race on Saturday in the Pro-Am event. A list of the field can be viewed here.
FAN WALK: Before the Pro-Am on Saturday, a fan walk is available on the pit lane – an excellent opportunity to meet drivers up-close and obtain photos and autographs.
UNSER REUNION: For the first time ever, five members of the Unser family will drive on the IMS oval at the same time. Al, Bobby, Al Jr., Robby and Johnny Unser will drive on Sunday in vintage Indy cars.
ON THE BLOCK: “Motostalgia,” a high-end car auction, will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday. Among the cars up for bidding is the Lotus turbine that Graham Hill drove in the 1968 Indianapolis 500.
UP IN THE AIR: At 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (weather permitting), a hot air balloon will be tethered in the infield and fans can ride it 75 feet in the air for a unique perspective on all the action. Rides are $10 per person, with children 12 and under free with an adult. Also, between 6:30-8 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting), six balloons will launch outside IMS to commemorate the 1909 balloon races that were the first events of any kind at the facility.
50 YEARS LATER: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s Indianapolis 500 victory, several of the cars he drove in his “500” appearances will be displayed.
CLUBBING: A “Show and Shine” event on Saturday in the infield near the golf course will feature hundreds of cars from various car clubs, perfect for walking and taking photos.
CONCERT: Blood, Sweat & Tears will play Saturday evening in Pagoda Plaza. Free to all BVRI ticketholders.
CAMPING: Overnight infield camping for fans will be available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
FOR MORE INFO: Visit IMS.com or SVRA.com.