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Race winners Jim Caudle, and Bob Lazier — Photo by Dana Garrett for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, June 13, 2015 – Former Indianapolis 500 starter Bob Lazier and amateur partner Jim Caudle were the class of the field on Saturday at the Indy Legends Pro-Am, the spotlight event of the four-day Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational.

Thirty-three former Indianapolis 500 drivers paired with amateurs for a 40-minute race on the 2.439-mile IMS road course, and the team of Lazier and Caudle won by 48.9 seconds in a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette.

“It was absolutely fabulous. There were no problems with anybody, everybody was clean and having fun,” said Lazier, the father of 1996 Indianapolis 500 champion Buddy Lazier and seven-time “500” starter Jaques Lazier. “All these people we’ve known for 35 or 40 years and we just can’t wait to go out and have fun together. It’s like they’ve set up a party for all us old guys and we love every minute of it.”

Lazier and Caudle also partnered at last year’s inaugural Indy Legends Pro-Am, finishing ninth.

“How could you ask for anything better?” Caudle said. “It’s a dream come true. Last year, Bob was my co-driver and we were instant friends. I was really glad I got to drive with him again this year.”

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From left: Scott Hackenson, Mark Dismore, Jim Caudle, Bob Lazier, Curt Vogt and Max Papis — Photo by Dana Garrett for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Seven-time “500” starter Mark Dismore and partner Scott Hackenson took second place in a 1967 Ford Mustang, one second ahead of the 1970 Mustang of third-place finishers Max Papis (a two-time “500” starter) and Curt Vogt.

Among the others in the field were two-time “500” winner Al Unser Jr., Davey Hamilton, Davy Jones and Willy T. Ribbs. The range of “500” history stretched from Dick Simon, who first raced in 1970, to 2011 starter Alex Lloyd. Put another way, more than 10 percent of the 288 living Indianapolis 500 drivers filled the grid for the Indy Legends Pro-Am.

Also on hand as Honorary Stewards were Tom Sneva, the 1983 “500” winner, and Janet Guthrie, the first woman to start in an Indianapolis 500.

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Three Unsers drove in the Pro-Am — Al Jr., Robby and Johnny — and four-time “500” winner Al and three-time winner Bobby will join in at 12:35 p.m. on Sunday for an oval exhibition in vintage Indy cars. It will be the first time five Unsers have been on track at the same time.

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Racing on the IMS road course and exhibition runs on the famed 2.5-mile oval will continue Sunday from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m, in vehicles ranging from early 1900s models all the way up to modern cars and everything in between. More than 500 cars are on hand for the weekend.

Additional information on the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association can be found on the SVRA website, www.svra.com.

Familiar face: IMS president Doug Boles competed on Saturday in SVRA Group 9, featuring open-wheel cars from recent years including Indy cars and Formula One.

Boles drove a 2004 Formula BMW for owner Alan Lewis, getting the invitation from the Indianapolis businessman at the Indianapolis 500 Victory Banquet. He practiced on Thursday and Friday, then got to experience race-day intensity.

“You get a bit more comfortable with it, braking a little bit deeper, getting on the throttle earlier, being on different gears through some of the corners because I was carrying more speed,” said Boles, who had not driven competitively since 2000. “It was a lot of fun – and getting to pass some cars was great.”

The timed race didn’t end as he had hoped; the car shut off near the end of Boles’ seventh lap when bottoming out over a rumble strip off Turn 13, jostling the starter key. He finished 32nd out of 36 entries.

“Probably good it ended when it did, because I was beginning to feel racy and I don’t need to be,” Boles said.

Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational Tickets: Single-day general admission tickets are $20 on Sunday, June 14. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

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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 www.ims.com/tickets. 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 the IMS Ticket Office in the IMS Administration Building located at 4790 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN, which is just east of the roundabout at Crawfordsville Road and 16th Street, between 8 a.m.-5 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.

Information on parking and camping at IMS events is available at www.ims.com/tickets.

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Tomorrow At The Track: Sunday, June 14

Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational Schedule for Sunday, June 14, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

DAY:  Sportscar Vintage Racing Association Road Course Racing and Oval Exhibition Laps    

SCHEDULE — (All times local):

8am                                      Public Gates Open
8:20am                                 National Anthem
8:25-9:35am                         Vintage, Classic, Enduro Race — Groups 1, 2, 3, 4, 5a, 6a, 8
9:55-11:35am                       Historic GT, GTP Enduro Race — Groups 5b, 6b, 7, 9, 10, 11
11:35-12:30pm                    Track Conversion from Road Course Configuration to Oval Configuration
11:50-12:20pm                     Unser Family Reunion Fan Walk – Pit Lane
12:35-1pm                            Unser Family Exhibition Race
1:05-1:25pm                         Group B (Post-War Front Engine) Exhibition Laps
1:30-1:50pm                         Group C (Rear-Engine) Exhibition Laps
1:55-2:15pm                         Group A (Pre-War) Exhibition Laps
2:20-2:35pm                         Group 2 (Pre-1973 Formula Cars) Exhibition Laps
2:40-2:55pm                         Group 2 (Pre-1973 Formula Cars) Exhibition Laps
3-3:15pm                              Group 3-1 (Pre-1972 Sports Cars) Exhibition Laps
                                             Group 4 (Special GT and Sports Cars) Exhibition Laps
3:20-3:35pm                         Group 6-1 (Pre-1972 Big-Bore Cars) Exhibition Laps
3:40-3:55pm                         Group 8 (Pre-1979 Sports Cars) Exhibition Laps
4-4:20pm                              Group C (Rear Engine) Exhibition Laps
4:25-4:45pm                         Group B (Post-War Front Engine) Exhibition Laps
4:50-5:15pm                         Group A (Pre-War) Exhibition Laps
5:30pm                                 Public Gates Close

TICKETS:  $20, children 12 and under free.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN:  8am  (local time) — Pedestrian Gate 6 is open to the public. 

NOTE: For this event there is no parking within IMS without a credential.

STANDS OPEN:  E Stand, Sec. 1-4, J Stand, Sec. 25-30, all infield mounds, Gasoline Alley Roof (as needed), Wheelchair Accessible South located between Turns 1 and 2.

MUSEUM HOURS: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for fans 6-15 years old, with children under 6 free. Gate admission to the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational is not included in Museum admission and must be purchased separately.

Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational Tickets: Single-day general admission tickets are $20 on Sunday, June 14. Children 12 and under are admitted free each day when accompanied by an adult.

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 www.ims.com/tickets. Tickets are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

• Phone: Call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8am-5pm (ET) Monday through Friday.

• In Person: Visit the IMS Ticket Office in the IMS Administration Building located at 4790 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN, which is just east of the roundabout at Crawfordsville Road and 16th Street, between 8 a.m.-5 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.

Information on parking and camping at IMS events is available at www.ims.com/tickets.

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Robby, “Uncle” Bobby, Cousin Johnny, Big Al and Al Jr. will drive together for the first time in history, putting five members of the iconic Unser family on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway together at the same time. With the Unsers is SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella …

The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) have announced a special family reunion that will – for the first time in history – put five members of the iconic Unser family on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway together at the same time. Patriarchs Al Unser Sr. and brother Bobby will be joined by their sons Al Unser Jr. and Robby as well as nephew Johnny Unser, son of the late Jerry Unser Jr., during the oval exhibition races portion of the SVRA’s June 11-14 Brickyard Invitational weekend program.

Between them, the American heroes represent nine Indianapolis 500 victories and numerous other accolades. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Jr., who last year won the weekend’s feature event – the “Indy Legends” Charity Pro-Am – returned to defend his crown in 2015. His cousins Robby and Johnny will join him in that field, which attracted 33 Indianapolis 500 veterans.

“I understand what the name Unser means to race fans, especially in Indianapolis,” says SVRA President & CEO Tony Parella. “I speak for everyone at SVRA to say we are so honored this great family agreed to be a part of our weekend and in race cars on the track together for first time. We love not just celebrating the great history here, but creating it as well.”

Parella is working with IMS officials to put the three Unsers who won the “500” in one of their winning entries. Last year Bobby Unser was reunited with his 1981 Penske winner to the delight of fans as he led all other drivers in the oval exhibition.

Al Unser Sr. is one of only three drivers to win the “500” four times, and one of five to win the storied race in consecutive years, 1970-71. A three-time Indy car champion (1970, ’83, ’85) Unser was among the rare breed that could drive any type of car on any venue, including sports cars, stock cars, modifieds and dirt cars. The four-time Hoosier Hundred victor drove and won in sprints, midgets, Formula 5000 and stock cars to name a few. The Hall of Fame super star was USAC stock car rookie of the year in 1967 and IROC champion in 1978. In his final Indianapolis 500 (1987) win he broke Ralph De Palma’s 67-year-old record for most career laps led in the historic race. “Big Al” will also serve as Grand Marshall for the weekend.

Bobby Unser, who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1968, 1975 and in 1981 also captured the national driving championship in 1968 and 1974. Known as a versatile talent the International Hall of Fame driver won the 1975 International Race of Champions (IROC) and scored more Pikes Peak Hill Climb victories than anyone in history. A proven winner in sprint cars and midgets he also competed in NASCAR, Formula One and sports cars. An outstanding development driver Unser is credited with much of the input to the design of the “Gurney Flap,” an integral element of racing wings. He was also vital to the development of the first in-house Penske chassis to win the Indianapolis 500.

Al Unser Jr. is a two-time Indy car champion (1990 and 1994) and the winner of 34 Indy car races including the 1992 and ’94 Indianapolis 500s. His 1992 Indianapolis 500 victory is the closest finish in history with a margin of just 43 ten-thousandths of a second over second-place Scott Goodyear. Another versatile driver, he was a winner in World of Outlaws sprint car racing; 1982 Can-Am champion and IROC champion in 1986 and again in 1988. He’s also a two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1986 and ’87. Like his father and uncle he enjoyed tremendous success as a star driver for Roger Penske’s team, which provided his winning entry for the 1994 “500.”

Johnny’s father Jerry was the first of the family to crack into the Indianapolis 500 field in 1958. Unfortunately he lost his life practicing at the track the following year. Following Dad’s footsteps, Johnny is a veteran of five consecutive Indianapolis 500s beginning in 1996. He remains active in the sport as an Indy car official, technical advisor and spokesperson for Cooper Tires as well as mentor to young, aspiring drivers.

Robby Unser is an accomplished driver in his own right. He competed in two Indianapolis 500s finishing fifth and eighth. He was Indy Racing League rookie of the year in 1998 with two runner-up race finishes. True to his family’s legacy he won eight Pikes Peak Hill Climbs.

Like last year, Robby and Al Jr. will compete for honors in the “Indy Legends” Charity Pro-Am for Indy 500 veterans. It is a 40-minute race of American muscle cars on the Speedway’s 2.43-mile Grand Prix road course on Saturday, June 13. All veterans will have 1963 to 1972 vintage 355 cubic inch Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs of the “Group 6” SVRA class. Professionals will be paired with amateur drivers, splitting stints at the wheel at their discretion.

The Pro-Am is the Brickyard Invitational’s crowning event but there is also a festival of other activities. As noted above the Unsers will lead the storied 2.5-mile oval exhibition runs by a wide variety of cars including several of the crowd-favorite 1950’s Indianapolis 500 “roadsters.” The 2015 weekend not only promises a huge gathering of race cars but also some of the finest collector cars. Motostalgia, with offices in Austin, Mexico City and Monaco will stage a June 12 auction of select automobiles from around the world. The Brickyard Invitational will also expand out onto the world-famous infield IMS golf course with car corrals for organizations and clubs united by special marques and vintages.

The SVRA has 11 groups of race cars spanning 100 years of vintage machines and all will be at IMS. The array of entries include select pre-war machines, classic sports cars, Formula One and Le Mans prototypes as current as 2009. Race fans can enjoy every minute of the action with overnight camping inside IMS. Pro-Am cars and 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. All entry fees will be donated to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum Foundation.

Brickyard Invitational ticket information: Fans can order Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational tickets for all or any one of the four days of the event online through the Speedway or by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday. Fans can also visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at 4790 West 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 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. Children 12 and under are admitted free each day when accompanied by an adult. Tent camping passes in the IMS infield start at $30 and are available all four days.

Photo by Jim Haines — courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday June 13, 2015 – A field of 33 cars will hit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, but with a twist.

The Indy Legends Pro-Am, the spotlight event of the four-day Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, will feature 33 former Indianapolis 500 drivers paired with amateurs for a 50-minute race on the 2.439-mile IMS road course. The green flag is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.

The list of drivers includes two-time “500” winner Al Unser Jr., Davey Hamilton, Max Papis, Willy T. Ribbs and Lyn St. James, all competing in 1960s-era American “muscle” cars. The range of “500” history stretches from Dick Simon, who first raced in 1970, to 2011 starter Alex Lloyd.

2015-Pro-Am-Amateur-Pairings-List“It’s kind of a cliche phrase for all of us now, but every time we come under the tunnel and look at this place, it’s like religious,” four-time top-10 “500” finisher Eliseo Salazar said. “Me and some of the other guys have raced Formula One, Le Mans, World Rally, Dakar, there’s nothing like this place. I’ve said it many times and it’s going to be the case again (Saturday).”

To quantify the field in another way, there are 288 living Indianapolis 500 drivers and more than 10 percent of those are represented in the Indy Legends Pro-Am.

“When we come to the Indy 500, of course, we have a lot of pressure on us,” two-time “500” starter Eric Bachelart said. “So here this is all about fun, you know. It’s fun to do Indy, but doing this, it’s even more fun.”

Also on hand as Honorary Stewards are Tom Sneva, the 1983 “500” winner, and Janet Guthrie, the first woman to start in an Indianapolis 500.

“They do such a fabulous job here with these hundreds of cars and things go more smoothly than you could possibly believe,” Guthrie said. “It’s a fabulous event.”

Unser Jr. won the inaugural Indy Legends Pro-Am last year with his amateur partner Peter Klutt, while Salazar (with Gary Moore) and two-time “500” starter Ribbs (with Ed Sevadjian) rounded out the podium.

Three members of the Unser family will race in the Pro-Am – Al Jr., Robby and Johnny – and then four-time winner Al and three-time winner Bobby will hit the track in vintage Indy cars at 12:35 p.m. on Sunday for an exhibition on the oval. It will be the first time five Unsers have been on track at the same time.

Racing on the IMS road course and exhibition runs on the famed 2.5-mile oval will be virtually non-stop on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. In addition, when not on the track, all cars will be on display in the IMS infield providing fans up close access to the cars and their owners.

Twelve different race groups will compete, ranging from early 1900s cars all the way up to modern prototype cars and everything in between. More than 500 cars are on hand for the weekend.

The Indy Vintage 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.

Additional information on the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association can be found on the SVRA website, http://www.svra.com.

Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational Tickets: Single-day general admission tickets are $30 on Saturday, June 13, and $20 on Sunday, June 14. Children 12 and under are admitted free each day when accompanied by an adult.

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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 www.ims.com/tickets. 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 the IMS Ticket Office in the IMS Administration Building located at 4790 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN, which is just east of the roundabout at Crawfordsville Road and 16th Street, between 8 a.m.-5 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.

Information on parking and camping at IMS events is available at www.ims.com/tickets.

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TODAY At The Track: Saturday, June 13

SATURDAY:  Sportscar Vintage Racing Association Racing and Participant Celebration.

SCHEDULE (All times local):

8am                                      Public Gates Open
8:15-8:45am                         Group 7 (Post-1967 Cars) Race
8:55-9:25am                         Group 6-2 (Pre-1972 Cars) Race                               
9:35-10:05am                       Post-War Cars Race
10am                                    Shine & Show Car Show Begins – Lakeside
10:10-10:40am                     Group 11 (Post-1981 Cars) Race
10:45-11:15am                     Group 1 (Small Displacement Cars) Race
                                             Group 3-2 (Pre-1972 Sports Cars) Race
11:20-11:50pm                     Group 10 (1973–1999 GT and Sedan) Race
12:30-1:15pm                       Indy Legends Pro-Am Fan Walk Begins – Pit Lane
1:20pm                                 Indy Legends Pro-Am Pre-Race Begins
1:35-2:15pm                         Indy Legends Pro-Am Race
2:15pm                                 Indy Legends Pro-Am Ceremonies Begin – Victory Podium
2:25-2:55pm                         Group 2 (Pre-1973 Formula Cars) Race
3pm                                      Tethered hot-air balloon rides in the infield (weather permitting) $10 per                                                  person, with children 12 and under free with an adult.
3:05-3:35pm                         Group 3-1 (Pre-1972 Sports Cars) Race
                                             Group 4 (Special GT and Sports Cars) Race
3:45-4:15pm.                        Group 9 (Post-1973 Formula Cars) Race
4:25-4:55pm                         Group 6-1 (Pre-1972 Big-Bore Cars) Race
5:05-5:35pm                         Group 8 (Pre-1979 Sports Cars) Race
5:45-6:15pm                         Group 5 (1960–1972 World Sports Car) Race
6:45pm                                 Shine & Show Car Show Laps Begin
7pm                                      Public Gates Close

SVRA Participant Celebration Begins – Pagoda Plaza — Blood, Sweat and Tears Concert – Pagoda Plaza

9:30pm                                 Fireworks Display

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TICKETS:  $30, children 12 and under free.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN:  8 a.m. (local time). Pedestrian Gate 6 is open to the public.NOTE:
For this event there is no parking within IMS without a credential.

STANDS OPEN:  E Stand, Sec. 1-4, J Stand, Sec. 25-30, all infield mounds, Gasoline Alley Roof (as needed), Wheelchair Accessible South located between Turns 1 and 2.

MUSEUM HOURS: 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for fans 6-15 years old, with children under 6 free. Gate admission to the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational is not included in Museum admission and must be purchased separately.

Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational Tickets: Single-day general admission tickets are $30 on Saturday, June 13, and $20 on Sunday, June 14. Children 12 and under are admitted free each day when accompanied by an adult.

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 www.ims.com/tickets. 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 the IMS Ticket Office in the IMS Administration Building located at 4790 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN, which is just east of the roundabout at Crawfordsville Road and 16th Street, between 8 a.m.-5 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.

Information on parking and camping at IMS events is available at www.ims.com/tickets.