The Verizon IndyCar Series may have an off weekend, but things are going full throttle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the next four days. The third annual Brickyard Vintage Racing International is June 15 – 19, and features an incredible action-packed schedule. The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) brings more than 500 vintage race cars to both the oval and road course over the span of four days. Where else can you find cars that competed in the Indianapolis 500, NASCAR, Formula One, Can-Am, SCCA, and Trans-Am events?
The featured event is the Indy Legends Pro Am Charity race, which includes 33 veteran Indy 500 drivers with amateur racing partners. They’ll take to the road course in a 45-minute race, driving Corvettes, Camaros, and Mustangs. Since the debut race in 2014, the charity race has raised more than $100,000 for local charities. This year’s Pro Am features drivers like Al Unser Jr, Bill Elliott, Bob Lazier, Davey Hamilton, Geoff Brabham, Johnny Unser, Larry Foyt, Lyn St James, Mark Dismore, Max Papis, Paul Tracy, Roberto Guerrero, and Willy T Ribbs.
IMS President Doug Boles is very much looking forward to this event. “One of the reasons the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has such a special place in the hearts of racing fans is its rich 100-plus years of history. The SVRA Brickyard Invitational celebrates IMS and racing history by putting cars across all those decades on track, at speed, and in competition. Combined with former Indianapolis 500 champions and veterans competing in the event as well, it is truly a remarkable weekend.” Doug drove in last year’s event, and aims to do the same again this year.
Friday and Saturday nights will have even more going on, as the Motostalgia Collector Car Auction will take place in the pavilion by the Pagoda. The SVRA will also host the Show and Shine Car Show with hundreds of street and performance cars on display. There will be a live concert on Saturday night by Three Dog Night, and a fireworks display to follow.
Thursday features open practice sessions for most of the day, with gates opening at 8 AM ET and closing around 6:30 in the evening. Friday will feature qualifying, and all four days of action will have the same gate hours. The races start on Saturday morning, with the Indy Legends Charity Race set to start at 1 PM ET. There will be plenty to do before that on Saturday, including an Enduro race, car show parade laps, driver introductions, a fan pit lane walk, and pre-race festivities.
The show keeps rolling on Sunday, with oval exhibition races, the GT/GTP Enduro race, the 100th Anniversary Feature race, as well as other road course and oval races. Ticket prices vary for each day, and are general admission tickets. There is so much to see and do inside of the IMS facility, and the weather is going to be fantastic each day. Sunday is also Fathers Day, which is a perfect opportunity to bring the kids. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult General Admission ticket holder. Click here to purchase your tickets.
Having attended this event the first two years, I have to say it really is worth your time. If you love the sight, smell, and sound of old race cars, IMS, and sunshine, this is a home run. There is so much to do, and it’s fun for the entire family. The drivers/owners are extremely friendly, and love chatting about their toys, and letting the little kids sit in the driver’s seat. If you have never been to this event, I encourage you to buy a ticket, head to IMS, and thank me later.