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DD - June 9th


INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, June 8, 2015 — For the second consecutive year, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association will visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, one of the nation’s largest vintage racing festivals featuring four days of action with cars of all types. Vintage Indy cars, Formula One cars, stock cars and more will run on the famed 2.5-mile oval and the 2.439-mile IMS road course from June 11-14.

12aec747-2 2015 Show will stream live Tuesday June 9th from McGilvery’s Speedway Irish Pub & Grill, 3009 N. High School Rd, beginning 7PM ET. Program can be seen/heard by logging onto with the program streamed live on YouTube on our home page. Ask questions live on chat & they will be asked of our guest. 

One of our Scheduled guests is …           

TPTony Parella, CEO of SVRA, the premier & only national vintage racing organization in the U.S., put forth a major effort to re-organize the SVRA after taking over the reins 2 years ago. In relatively short time, Parella has taken SVRA events to some of the most important racetracks in the US, including IMS, Road American Sebring, Watkins Glen, Pocono, Mid-Ohio and Circuit of The Americas, where the rapidly growing organization hosted the first U.S. Vintage Racing National Championships in 2013. Since Tony purchased SVRA no time has been wasted in growing the membership and the events have all been hugely successful. Returning on June 11-14th will be the 2nd Annual Brickyard Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With over 700 Vintage cars at the 2014 event, fewer cars will be on site this year, but the 4 days will be packed with some exciting added features as in a classic car show, Earth Wind and Fire, a huge fireworks display and the Motorstalgia auction.

Tickets are available at and on-site; children 12 & under free when accompanied by an adult.

More details on the event are below:

SCHEDULE: More than 500 cars spanning 11 groups will race virtually non-stop. Gates open at 8 a.m. each day.

Thursday, June 11
8 a.m.-12:35 pm Group practice sessions, road course
1:05-6:05 pm Road course qualifying sessions 1
Friday, June 12  
8 a.m.- Noon Road course qualifying sessions 2
12:40-1:10 pm Pro-Am practice, road course
2:15-6 pm Oval exhibitions
Saturday, June 13  
8:15 a.m.-12:25 pm Group races, road course
12:30-1:10 pm Pro-Am fan walk, pit lane
1:10-1:30 pm Pro-Am pre-race ceremonies
1:35-2:25 pm Pro-Am race, road course
2:25-6:20 pm Group races, road course
Sunday, June 14  
8:20 am National Anthem
8:25-9:35 am Vintage/Classic enduro race (60 min.)
9:55-11:35 am Historic GTP/GT endure race (90 min.)
11:50 a.m.-12:20 pm Fan walk, pit lane
12:35 pm Unser family exhibition race, oval
1:05-5:15 p.m. Oval exhibitions


PRO-AM: Thirty-three former Indianapolis 500 drivers, including two-time champion Al Unser Jr., will practice on Friday and race on Saturday in the Pro-Am event. A list of the field can be viewed below …


FAN WALK: Before the Pro-Am on Saturday, a fan walk is available on the pit lane – an excellent opportunity to meet drivers up-close and obtain photos and autographs.

UNSER REUNION: For the first time ever, five members of the Unser family will drive on the IMS oval at the same time. Al, Bobby, Al Jr., Robby and Johnny Unser will drive on Sunday in vintage Indy cars.

ON THE BLOCK: “Motostalgia,” a high-end car auction, will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday. Among the cars up for bidding is the Lotus turbine that Graham Hill drove in the 1968 Indianapolis 500.

UP IN THE AIR: At 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (weather permitting), a hot air balloon will be tethered in the infield and fans can ride it 75 feet in the air for a unique perspective on all the action. Rides are $10 per person, with children 12 and under free with an adult. Also, between 6:30-8 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting), six balloons will launch outside IMS to commemorate the 1909 balloon races that were the first events of any kind at the facility.
50 YEARS LATER: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark‘s Indianapolis 500 victory, several of the cars he drove in his “500” appearances will be displayed.

CLUBBING: A “Show and Shine” event on Saturday in the infield near the golf course will feature hundreds of cars from various car clubs, perfect for walking and taking photos.

CONCERT: Blood, Sweat & Tears will play Saturday evening in Pagoda Plaza. Free to all BVRI ticketholders.

CAMPING: Overnight infield camping for fans will be available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.



2015 Ticket Information: Ticket information is available for all racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015 – The Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Lilly Diabetes 250, Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:
• Online: Visit Tickets are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
• Phone: Call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
• In Person: Visit IMS Ticket Office in the IMS Administration Building located at 4790 W. 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN, just east of the roundabout at Crawfordsville Road & 16th Street, between 8am-5pm (ET) Monday thru Friday.

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

Information on parking and camping at IMS events is available at