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Indianapolis Motor Speedway to welcome racing veterans for vintage racing

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Twenty-six drivers and 700 vintage race cars will be on hand

Infield camping will be offered for the first time ever

It’s a fan’s dream come true as 26 former Indianapolis 500 drivers gather to compete during the inaugural Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational that is scheduled from June 6 to June 8, 2014. Names such as All Unser Jr., Buddy Lazier, Scott Goodyear, Dick Simon, Willy T. Ribbs, Lynn St. James and more will compete on the 2.43mile road course.

Along with the road course competition there will be high speed exhibitions on Saturday, June 7 that will include a variety of cars such as the 1950 vintage Indy 500 roadster. The featured event of the day will take place when three time Indy 500 winner Bobby Unser leads the Brickyard Invitational high speed oval experience which will be open to any car entered in races for the weekend.

Through the entire three days the action will be virtually non-stop from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. as drivers take cars out on the road course as well as the oval. When not racing, the cars will be on display in the IMS infield allowing fans a chance to view the cars and meet their heroes of racing.

There will be twelve different race groups competing in cars from as far back as the early 1900s all the way up to the modern prototype cars. There will also be three race groups focusing on pre-war, roadsters and the “wings and slicks” era.

The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) will be hosting the three day event. With more than 700 race cars involved it will be the largest competitive motorsports event ever held in the United States. This weekend marks the inaugural event and as a special treat, the grand marshal will be 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner Parnelli Jones. Parnelli will be on hand on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. to drive the Mustang Boss 302 pace car that he drove when competing on the Trans-Am racing circuit for the Charity Indy Legends Pro-Am race.

The Charity Indy Legends Pro-Am race will be held on the IMS 2.43-mile road course featuring Indianapolis 500 veterans paired with amateur drivers with each taking a 20-minute stint, with five minutes allotted for a driver change. The cars used in the Pro-Am race will be 1963 to 1972 vintage Chevrolet Corvettes, Camaros and Ford Mustangs.

In addition to Unser Jr., Lazier, Goodyear, Simon, Ribbs and St. James, former Indianapolis 500 drivers competing in the Charity Indy Legends Pro-Am include Mark Dismore, Johnny Parsons Jr., Alex Lloyd, Pete Halsmer, Robby Unser, Rocky Moran, Davey Hamilton, Eliseo Salazar, Jaques Lazier, Robby McGehee, Spike Gehlhausen, Billy Roe, Eldon Rasmussen, Scott Harrington, Rick Treadway, John Martin, Tom Bagley, Bob Lazier, P.J. Chesson and Jack Miller.

The Pro-Am drivers will also participate in a Fan Walk through the starting grid prior to the opening ceremonies allowing fans to see the cars up close, take photos and chat with the drivers.

Cars entered in the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational will be eligible for awards honoring giants of the sport: mechanic and car builder A.J. Watson and three-time Formula One World Champion Sir Jack Brabham. Watson and Brabham both passed away last month.

One of the most unique aspects of the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational is that for the first time ever overnight camping will be available inside the IMS oval for fans looking to enjoy the entire weekend of racing. For information on camping at IMS during the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, visit: http://secure.brickyard.com/Tickets/VintageRacing.aspx.

Additional information on the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, a complete schedule for the weekend and an entry list for the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational can be found on the SVRA website, http://www.svra.com.
Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational Tickets: A three-day general admission pass including Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8 costs $40. Single day general admission tickets are $15 on Friday, June 6, $20 on Saturday, June 7 and $25 on Sunday, June 8. Children 12 and under are admitted free each day when accompanied by an adult.

Tent camping passes in Turn 3 of the IMS infield are available beginning Thursday afternoon, June 5 for $30, with RV camping available in the Northwest gravel lot for $60.

Fans can order Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational tickets at www.ims.com/tickets, by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or by visiting the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.

2014 ticket information

Ticket information is available for the remaining events in 2014 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

Fans can order tickets at www.ims.com/tickets, by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or by visiting the Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.

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