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A large field of Corvettes help Vintage Racing reach new heights at INDY
The inaugural Indy Invitational took vintage racing a huge step forward with (a) the largest and most diversified car count, (b) a novel Pro Am “Legends” race, (c) speed laps on the legendary 2.5 mile oval and other innovations. Corvettes played important roles throughout the action.
A record crowd of fans and participants will remember Sunday’s Pro Am race for its legendary drivers, the most popular production class cars and ceremonies reminiscent of the Indy 500 including the traditional bottle of milk. The 30 car field had former Indy drivers paired with owners of Group 6 Production Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs. A driver swap was required during the 40 minute race. The Corvette of Al Unser Jr/Peter Klutt took first and Willie T. Ribbs in Tony Parella’s Corvette shared with Edward Sevadjian took 3rd.
Entrants in every race group had a chance to run the world famous 2.5 mile Indy oval in addition to regular feature races run in the opposite direction on the 2.4 mile road course. It might have come as a surprise to some but Jeff Bernatovich in his Group 10 GT1 Corvette bested the speeds of all the NASCAR type stock cars on the oval and won the Group 10 feature race on the road course. Dave Roberts posted speeds on the oval among the top in his Group 11 WC Corvette. Making their first major vintage racing appearance, father and Son Robert and Jonathan Pfeffer did themselves proud in their authentic well preserved C4 ex-Tommy Morrison ZR1 Snake Skinner IMSA Corvettes.
The striking 1957 Corvette SS ranks among the most important race cars in Corvette history. Housed in the IMS museum permanent collection, it delighted all on display and track until an oil lineruptured. Fixable, not to worry!
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Thanks to the will, foresight, resources and execution by SVRA head Tony Parella and his team, the Indy Invitational looks to become a tradition as much for the spontaneity and fan experience as for who won what.