SOUTHLAKE, Texas – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Ass’n (SVRA) has exceeded expectations in filling a field of 24 Indianapolis 500 veterans for its upcoming Indy Legends Pro-Am race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Tom Bagley, John Martin and Bob Lazier join 21 previously announced entries in the feature event of the June 6–8 Brickyard Invitational vintage race weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Bob Lazier joins his sons Buddy and Jaques as the three are united in competition at the Speedway for the first time. Buddy won the 1996 Indianapolis 500.
The SVRA, America’s premier vintage racing organization, is creating the intriguing competition for veterans of the Indianapolis 500 with a 40 minute race of American muscle cars on the Speedway’s 2.43-mile Grand Prix road course on Sunday, June 8. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. heads a field of impressive names that also include former Indianapolis Rookies-of-the-Year Lyn St. James and Robby McGehee as well as Willy T. Ribbs, Mark Dismore, Alex Lloyd, Johnny Parsons Jr., Davey Hamilton, Robby Unser, Pete Halsmer, Rocky Moran, Eliseo Salazar, Dick Simon, Scott Harrington, Jack Miller, Rick Treadway, Spike Gehlhausen, Billy Roe and John Hollansworth.
Parnelli Jones, who won the 1963 Indianapolis 500, will pace the field as part of his duties as Brickyard Invitational Grand Marshal. Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser will lead a Brickyard Invitational high-speed oval experience.
The cars for the Pro-Am will be 1963 to 1972 vintage Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs of “Group 6,” with an engine displacement limit of 355 cubic inches. The Indianapolis 500 veterans will be paired with amateur drivers, each taking a 20-minute stint. Five minutes will be allotted for driver change.
The three latest entries have compelling stories of their own. While Indianapolis 500 fans may best remember John Martin as a five-time starter in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing – easily the crown jewel of oval track events – he boasts outstanding credentials in road race competition. Martin, who is featured on this month’s cover of Vintage Motorsport magazine, launched his career in sports car racing.