• Dan Gurney is this year’s recipient of the Peter Bryant Challenger Award for engineering excellence for his role in founding All American Racers and subsequently building Eagle racing cars for more than 30 years. Gurney was honored at a Can-Am Tribute dinner during the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion at nearby Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Gurney’s name joins those of his longtime collaborator Phil Remington, Bruce Burness, Trevor Harris, Tyler Alexander, Alwin Springer and Ike Smith on the clear Lexan trophy that carries a likeness of Bryant’s Ti22 racer.
• Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser will be the guest of honor at the 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, scheduled for March 10-12, 2017. Unser is the second man to win four Indy 500s, his 39 Indycar wins rank him fifth all-time and he’s been crowned U.S. National Champion on three occasions. He is the only driver ever to win Indycar racing’s 500-mile Triple Crown (in 1978), and also shares the record for most Indycar wins in a single season, 10, with A.J. Foyt. He’s the oldest driver ever to win the Indy 500 (just five days short of his 48th birthday), has led the most laps of any driver in Indianapolis history, and is the only Indy winner to share that distinction with both a brother and a son. For complete information, please visit www.ameliaconcours.org
• The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association has announced the SVRA Open Wheel World Challenge, set for the weekend of June 8-11, 2017, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway—one week prior to its fourth annual Brickyard Invitational event. A field approaching 500 cars is expected to take part in SVRA’s celebration of 50th anniversary of Formula Ford, but this will not be limited to Formula Fords alone, as a variety of open-wheel racing machinery, including F1, F5000, Indycars, Indy Lights, Formula Atlantic, Formula Super Vee and Formula Junior will also be invited. For further information, please visit www.svra.com