The president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway says the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, which goes green next week, will be a fixture for years to come. Doug Boles believes fan satisfaction after last year's inaugural event was higher than anything else held at the track next to the Indianapolis 500. It will span four days this year, include more than 500 entries and feature a Pro-Am race Saturday with 33 former Indy 500 drivers. Boles says the event has “huge growth potential” and IMS is committed to helping the event grow over the next four or five years. He believes it will become a “significant event,” not just at the Speedway, but also on the global vintage racing scene.
Changes this year include an extra day and shifting the Pro-Am event from Sunday to Saturday, with racing taking place on part of the road course and famed oval “virtually nonstop from Thursday through Sunday.”
The invitational is a partnership between the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association and IMS.
In addition to well-known drivers and fans, it attracts enthusiasts and car owners from throughout the world. There will be nearly a dozen racing categories represented. The event is also drawing support from several big names in the Hoosier business community, including former Createc Corp. Chief Executive Officer Alan Lewis, Turner James Investments owner and President Turner Woodard, MacAllister Machinery Co. Inc. President Chris MacAllister and Tom Lange Co. CEO Phil Gumpert. Boles even plans to get behind the wheel at some point during the four days.
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