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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. EJA_7251 ANSA Motorsports will compete in this event with two of its customer's racing cars; the No. 5 2006 Audi DTM (class MP1); one of the nicest and most unique race cars in the paddock, and the No. 57 1997 Porsche 993 RSR (class GT2). vlcsnap-00008 The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) has delivered on its promise of a field of 33 Indianapolis 500 veterans for the June 13 “Indy Legends” Pro-Am at the second annual Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational hosted by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Completing the field are five additional entries: Eric Bachelart, Donnie Beechler, PJ Chesson, Dennis Firestone and Dick Simon. Alco-Black-Beast 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 #5 2006 Audi A4-R12 DTM:Eric Johnson 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.
1963 Watson Offenhauser. 1963 Watson Offenhauser.
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. FOR MORE INFO: Visit IMS.com or SVRA.com.