The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will introduce its first vintage car race June 6-8 when a large field of amateur drivers take to the road course and try out the oval for the historic three-day event.
“It’s not just old Indy cars and not just old Formula One cars,” track president Doug Boles said in an IndyStar report. “It will be prototypes and MGs and Corvettes, and it will be racing that will celebrate (Indy’s) history.”
There will be 12 vintage racing classes featured by the SportsCar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), and IMS has made provisions for a special marquee class. Participating in the top category will most likely be former Indy 500 drivers, or other pros who have competed in the various divisions featured at the Brickyard. Reports say that some cars from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum may be taken from their display for the event.
SVRA drivers vary by demographic but are primarily owners of high-end collectible race cars who race at such venues as Sebring, Road America and Watkins Glen. This will be their first chance at Indy.
“This isn’t parading,” said Tony Parella, the president and CEO of the sanctioning body. “This is racing.”