The Month of May has concluded at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That doesn’t mean that the fun is over.
The time machine may not exist yet, but the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) will be turning back the clock this weekend. The Open Wheel World Challenge is a new SVRA event, taking place on June 8-11 as a precursor to next week’s Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational. Open wheel cars from all over the world will get to use IMS as their playground. It is expected to be the largest gathering of open wheel competition cars ever assembled.
The inaugural event honors homage to the 50th anniversary of Formula Ford racing. In addition to Formula Ford, any open wheel car, including Formula One, Formula 5000, Indy cars, Indy Lights, Formula Vee, and Formula Junior will be invited. There will be specific race groups established that will categorize cars of similar speed, and will focus on rules for Monoposto, FIA, and SCCA race cars. The championship races will be run on Sunday.
The success of the Brickyard Invitational over its first three years positioned the SVRA for expansion of its IMS activities. SVRA officials believe adding the open wheel weekend as a precursor to the Brickyard Invitational further leverages the opportunity to bring the racing community together.
“The Indianapolis Motor Speedway runs many types of races and events, but we are still best known through the Indianapolis 500 – the pinnacle of American open wheel racing,” said Doug Boles, President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Fifty years of Formula Ford is a big milestone and we take pride in honoring important history at the Speedway. Tony and all of SVRA have been great partners and we look forward to this event.”
Fans can now order Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational tickets at IMS.com or by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 (Monday through Friday). Fans can also visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building between 8 AM – 5 PM. The best part is kids 15 and under are admitted free each day when accompanied by an adult.