SOUTHLAKE, Texas – Lyn St. James, announced earlier as an entry in the Indy Legends Pro-Am during the upcoming Brickyard Invitational vintage race, plans to pull double duty during the Sportscar Vintage Racing Ass’n event June 6-8.
In addition to the Pro-Am, the 1992 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year confirmed she will also compete in the weekend’s open wheel Group 9 race. St. James, who has a well-earned reputation as a versatile driver, will race a 1977 Chevron Formula Atlantic as well as a powerful 1970 Boss 302 Mustang in the Indy Legends Pro-Am where she will join 25 other Indianapolis 500 veterans paired with SVRA amateur regulars in a 40-minute contest on the 2.43-mile IMS Grand Prix road course on Sunday afternoon.
“Vintage racing at IMS is going to be a special treat for race fans, many who might be too young to have seen some of these cars put through their paces in the heat of competition years ago,” said St. James. “I’ve recently become active in vintage racing and can tell you it is both fun and a serious sport. At the same time it is a marvelous way to get in touch with the history of racing. This is the kind of event I think both the Indianapolis race fan and car lover will really appreciate and find exciting.”
St. James, a seven-time starter in the Indianapolis 500, raced in 15 Indy car races in her career. She created a stir in 1994 when she out-qualified Formula One World Champions Nigel Mansell and Mario Andretti – who also won the 1969 Indianapolis 500 – to earn a second row starting spot in that year’s Indianapolis 500. The following year she established the world closed-circuit speed record for women with a 225.722 MPH qualification run.
While many fans know Lyn best for her Indianapolis 500 achievements, she is an accomplished road racer and has earned numerous laurels at the wheel of a variety of race cars. She is a two-time competitor in the most prestigious sports car race in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1989 and ’91).
She raced in the 12 Hours of Sebring nine times, winning the GTO class in 1990, and was a two-time winner in the GTO Class at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Lyn raced in 53 Trans-Am races with seven top-five finishes. She was even more successful in 62 IMSA GT events, amassing a stout record of six wins, 17 top-five and 37 top-ten finishes. Her 1985 GT victory at Watkins Glen remains the only time a woman has scored a win in that series driving solo. Through it all she has held 31 international and national closed circuit speed records.