Hundreds of the finest and most historic race cars in the world will once again converge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. The 2.439-mile road course and the famed 2.5-mile oval will host numerous races and exhibition events from June 15-17 as part of the SVRA Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational.
The SVRA “Indy Legends” Charity Pro-Am is the signature race of the weekend, which brings dozens of Indy 500 legends together with racers and fans. The Trans Am Series has added this event to their season’s schedule as well.
A field of Indianapolis 500 veterans will be in 1963 to 1972 vintage Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs of SVRA “Group 6” A and B Production. The professionals will be paired with amateur drivers, splitting their stints at the wheel. The entry list includes such top names as Al Unser Jr., Paul Tracy, Jimmy Vasser, Lyn St James, Sarah Fisher, Geoff Brabham, Davey Hamilton, Willy T. Ribbs, and sports car racing icon Ron Fellows.
Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford will serve as the grand marshal of the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational. “It’s always a great day to come back to Indy and have the opportunity to see so many familiar faces and engage some of the best racing fans in the world,” Rutherford said.
Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser will serve as honorary chief steward of the event. “Tony Parella and his SVRA team run a first class show for true racing fans,” Unser said. “I enjoy returning to the Speedway in an atmosphere that is so focused on honoring racing history – both cars and drivers.”
Qualifying for the weekend races will be held on Friday, which runs from 8 AM to 6:30 PM. Trans Am practice will kick things off, with Vintage Motorcycles, and Indy Legends Pro-Am practice also taking place between group qualifying throughout the day. The final session of the day will be Pro Am qualifying at 6 PM.
Group Races will get things started on Saturday morning, with the Indy Legends Pro-Am Race starting at 1 PM. Driver Introductions for the race will take place at 12:40, following the Fan Walk on pit lane. Saturday will also feature the Trans Am race, the Hagerty Car Show, Pre-War Exhibition Laps, and the Indy Legends Oval sessions. If you are only planning to attend one day during this event, make it Saturday.
The action wraps up on Sunday, but there is still a full day of on-track activity. Vintage Classic Enduro gets things rolling at 8 AM, with Historic GT/GTP following that. More Indy Legends Oval sessions, Trans Am racing, and Vintage Motorcycles will fill the afternoon hours before the gates close at 6:30 PM.
With three days of action, there are different admission prices for each day. There is also a 3-day ticket package, as well as the ability to purchase parking and camping tickets online. Kids 15 and under are free with a paid adult.
There will be plenty to see and do this weekend, in what could be described as the most underrated event at the speedway. The sessions are short, so there is always a variety of cars turning laps, and the garages are always open. The owners and teams are very welcoming, and will invite you in to talk about their cars, and/or take photos. If you have never been to this festival-like event, you are in for a good time at the World’s Greatest Racecourse.