The Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational was staged June 11-14, 2015 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana. Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) served as the sanctioning body of the Indy Brickyard Invitational where more than 400 race cars competed in 11 different race groups on the 13-turn, 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway (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 car owners.
On Saturday at the SVRA Indy Brickyard 2015, 33 former Indianapolis 500 drivers teamed with amateur partners in the Indy Legends Pro-Am, the feature event of the four-day Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational. Bob Lazier and amateur partner Jim Caudle, driving a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette, won the timed race by 48.9 seconds over seven-time “500” starter Mark Dismore and Scott Hackenson and their 1967 Ford Mustang. Finishing third on the road course was two-time “500” starter Max Papis and Curt Vogt, in a 1970 Mustang.
But Sunday featured a moment never seen before at IMS – five members of the Unser family on the track at one time. Al, Bobby, Al Jr., Johnny and Robby reunited for a couple of laps on the iconic oval in vintage cars, a special moment for the drivers, extended Unser family and fans.
“I don’t think there are words enough to tell people how nice it is to come back to something like this,” Bobby Unser said. “It’s a touching thing beyond belief for me, and I know it is for the rest of the family.”
The reunion represented an amazing nine Indianapolis 500 wins – four for Al, three for Bobby and two for Al Jr.
Photographer Peter Falkner documented the SVRA Indy Brickyard Invitational 2015. In addition to his race gallery, we offer the following selection of images from Peter that offer a ‘Behind the Scenes’ look at the 2nd annual vintage races at IMS. We split up Peter’s 125 pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.
SVRA Indy Brickyard 2015 – Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery
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