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Official details revealed for IMS vintage race

Feb 5, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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Last month, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association revealed preliminary details for a vintage race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On Tuesday, the track itself confirmed the official plans for the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational.

Hundreds of cars from past Indianapolis 500s, cars from the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, Formula One, Grand-Am prototypes and Trans-Am will take to IMS’s oval and road course configurations on a three-day weekend from June 6-8.

Iconic manufacturers such as Chevrolet, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, MG and many others will compete in twelve different classes of racing. Meanwhile, there will also be a special class to feature open-wheel race cars with Indianapolis 500 or other historic racing background.

“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,” IMS president J. Douglas Boles said in a release. “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.”

It’s yet another step in the right direction for IMS, which is seeking to do more to increase its overall bottom line in 2014. The best part about this is that this caters to those fans with an insatiable appetite to see cars from the past once again back at IMS.

If the roadsters aren’t returning to modern racing – and let’s face it, they aren’t – they’ll still have a place at modern day IMS with this announcement. Kudos to both the Speedway and SVRA for putting this together.

  1. midtec2005 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    I like the idea, but the date is wrong. This should be in the middle of the month of May. IMS could turn the whole month into the worlds greatest celebration of motorsport, starting with the Grand Prix and capped by the 500. They need a Concours d’élégance too. I think people would get excited about that IMS again.

    • indycarseries500 - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      Good idea in theory but there’s no way you could have that many vintage cars on the grounds in May, unless you did it the first weekend before the GP of Indianapolis.

      • midtec2005 - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        That would work. I like that idea too, especially if it’s more realistic.

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