SVRA’s star rises over the Speedway and is judged a success
Dale Earnhardt Jr. rose to third in the Sprint
Cup points standings with his second win of
the year at Pocono Raceway. It was the first
time he’d won at the tri-oval, where his late
father won twice, last time in 1993.
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IN THE NEXT RACER
THE GREAT CARS III ISSUE
Classic machines that transcend their eras
With over 700 cars spanning a century
of racing, the Sportscar Vintage Racing
Association’s inaugural Brickyard Vintage
Racing Invitational was unlikely to disappoint,
and the 20,000 fans who turned out for the
three-day event were treated to possibly
the second greatest spectacle in racing.
The Charity Indy Legends Pro-Am race,
held on the 2.43-mile IMS road course
featured Indianapolis 500 veterans paired
with amateur racers, and the event was
won by Al Unser Jr. and Peter Klutt in a
1969 Chevrolet Corvette. Eliseo Salazar
and Gary Moore finished second in a ’ 65
Ford Mustang GT350, and Willy T. Ribbs and
Ed Sevadjian finished third in a ’ 72 ’Vette.
Eleven other races took place over the
weekend, but the famed 2.5-mile oval was
also used for high-speed parades for the
various classic roadsters, sprint cars,
midgets, Indy cars and Formula 1 cars.
Bobby Unser, who did demo laps in his
1981 Indy 500-winning Penske PC9B,
commented: “This event is phenomenal
and can grow into something bigger.
“There are all types of racecar here
from all different eras: people don’t
normally get a chance to see that. That,
and the fact we’re at the greatest track
in the world, makes this so special.”
MORE TO COME
SVRA president Tony
Parella was largely
satisfied with the event.
“We have areas to
improve,” he said, “but
the big deal for me is
that the Speedway
really got behind it.
Just two weeks after the Indy 500, IMS
echoed to sounds of bygone eras at SVRA’s
first Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational.