INDIANAPOLIS – Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. and his amateur partner, Peter Klutt, were the winners of the Charity Indy Legends Pro-Am race Sunday on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Ass’n served as the sanctioning body of the three-day Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational where more than 700 race cars competed in 12 different race groups on the IMS road course.
The event, which also featured exhibition runs on the famed 2.5-mile IMS oval, gave race fans the opportunity to meet drivers, get close to historic race cars and speak with knowledgeable car owners. The Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational marked the first time that a vintage racing series has ever competed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
As the feature event of the inaugural Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, the Charity Indy Legends Pro-Am race teamed former Indianapolis 500 drivers with amateur partners during a 45-minute race. The cars used in the Charity Legends Pro-Am race were 1963 to 1972 vintage Chevrolet Corvettes and Camaros, and Ford Mustangs.
Unser Jr. and Klutt won the race while sharing the driving duties in Klutt’s No. 42C 1969 Chevrolet Corvette, with six-time Indianapolis 500 starter and four-time top-10 finisher Eliseo Salazar and his partner Gary Moore finishing second in Moore’s No. 98B 1965 Mustang GT350. Rounding out the podium in third place was two-time Indianapolis 500 starter Willy T. Ribbs, who drove the No. 5 1972 Corvette owned by his driving partner Ed Sevadjian.
“It feels great,” Unser Jr. said. “I just want to thank Tony Parella [Sportscar Vintage Racing Ass’n President and CEO] for inviting us, and also Peter Klutt for a beautiful car. That Corvette was just gone and it handled super. It’s great to be back here at Indy.”
“It’s a dream of a lifetime,” said Klutt. “To drive with Little Al and have him drive our car is really cool, and to drive in an event here is amazing. Tony [Parella] is really bringing vintage racing in North America to a new level and it’s really good to see.
“I started the race and then the strategy was that when a yellow came out, I would come in and we’d do the change. It came out early and that was good; I had one of the best drivers in the world to bring her home.”