Vintage IndyCars set to shine at Gateway

by The Earl of Indy, Robert Earl |

The annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline at the World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois will play host to the largest display of vintage IndyCars outside of the Indianapolis 500.

This display will provide an excellent opportunity for fans to step back in time to the formative years of the Indy & Champ Car series. Cars that are scheduled to appear raced on the circuit between 1922 through 2005. Not only will these classics be on display, but they will also be making exhibition laps on Friday and Saturday before the NTT IndyCar Series race.

Owners will be bringing their cars from Australia, California, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin for the display as part of the Open Wheel Icons exhibit presented by the Vintage Indy Registry membership. The Vintage Indy Registry is dedicated to the history and preservation of Indianapolis championship cars from 1911through 1999. The Registry?s goal is to help ensure that these cars are more broadly appreciated and their history is correctly preserved for future generations of racing fans to enjoy.

Some of the more notable entries include Johnny Rutherford?s 1979 M24 Budweiser McLaren, Joe Leonard?s Indy 500 pole-winning 1968 STP Lotus Turbine, a classic 1961 Leader Card Watson Offy (Offenhauser)
roadster, Bobby Unser?s 1972 AAR Dan Gurney Racing Olsonite Eagle and Cale Yarborough?s 1971 Gene White Firestone Mongoose.

 Johnny Rutherford?s 1979 M24 Budweiser McLaren
Johnny Rutherford?s 1979 M24 Budweiser McLaren

This year?s entries include:
1922 No. 22 Winker Ford Special Model T
1932 No. 7 Brightwood Airport Special Ford
1958 No. 9 Seal Fast Kurtis Indy Roadster
1960 No. 2 Dowgard Watson Roadster
1960 No. 98 Willard Battery Agajanian Special (replica) Watson Alfa Romeo
1961 No. 41 Leader Card Watson Roadster Offenhauser
1964 No. 1 Sheraton Thompson Special Watson Roadster
1968 No. 8 G.C. Murphy AAR Eagle Offenhauser
1968 No. 60 STP Lotus Turbine
1969 No. 7 Olsonite Eagle AAR Ford
1969 No. 44 Joe Leonard-Smokey Yunick AAR Eagle Ford
1971 No. 21 Mongoose Ford
1972 No. 6 AAR Olsonite Eagle Offenhauser
1972 No. 92 Sport Magazine/Barbary Coast Casino AAR Eagle Chevrolet
1973 No. 26 Eagle Offenhauser
1975 No. 24 Performance Engineering NCRA Dirt Champ Car
1977 No. 4 Budweiser McLaren Cosworth
1979 No. 56 Penske PC-7 Chevrolet
1979 No. 70 Tipp Machine USAC Dirt Champ Car
1980 No. 8 Lightning Cosworth DFX
1981 No. 6 Gould PC 9B Cosworth
1981 No. 56 Genesee Beer AAR Eagle Offenhauser
1983 No. 1 Calumet Farms March Cosworth
1987 No. 4 STP True Value March
1993 No. 63 USAC Silver Crown Beast Chevrolet
1996 No. 12 Terre Haute First Bank USAC Silver Crown Champ Car
1998 Riley & Scott MKV Oldsmobile Aurora V-8
2005 No. 55 Panasonic Panoz

Joe Leonard?s Indy 500 pole-winning 1968 STP Lotus Turbine
Joe Leonard?s Indy 500 pole-winning 1968 STP Lotus Turbine

The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline for the NTT IndyCar Series will take place on August 23-24 at World Wide Technology Raceway. World Wide Technology Raceway is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 340 acres, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. World Wide Technology Raceway?s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, recently-expanded 2.0-mile road course, a state-of-the-art karting facility, and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.

This will be a great opportunity for fans to step back in time to the formative years of the Indy & Champ Car series. Cars will be featured from 1922 through 2005. Not only will these classics be on display, but they will also be making exhibition laps on Friday and Saturday prior to the NTT IndyCar Series race.

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