The Hawk at Road America 2013 – Race Preview

McLaren M8F at Road AmericaThe 2013 running of the Hawk at Road America with Brian Redman will be staged July 18-21 at the famed 4-mile, 14-turn Road America road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

A mid-summer favorite, the event is one of the largest vintage car racing gatherings in the United States and features over 50 classes of cars racing in several groups. The four-day weekend will also showcase a historic Can-Am race, F5000 race, historic Formula 1 race and Chevrolet’s Corvette as the featured marque; which is a highlight of this year’s event as an impressive field of cars are expected to gather in celebration of Corvette’s 60th anniversary.

The original Can-Am race series (1966-1974) had very few restrictions allowing the use of engines of unlimited displacement, weight and design, along with tires of any kind. These open guidelines allowed the evolution of some of the fastest, most sensational and innovative sports racers ever seen. Everything from cult favorites to priceless limited production model race cars and a special all-Corvette race for Sunday on are on the schedule, making the 2013 HAWK with Brian Redman a cannot miss opportunity.

“We are very excited to announce that The HAWK with Brian Redman will be here again because this event has become an annual tradition for hundreds of racers and thousands of fans every year,” said George Bruggenthies, president and general manager of Road America. “Road America is poised to usher in the diamond jubilee celebration for the Corvette with a racer’s reunion, races for club and pro series–vintage, historic and contemporary racers; a Concours with expert and people’s choice awards, track touring, parade laps and a vendor marketplace making the 2013 HAWK with Brian Redman an event that everyone of all ages can enjoy.”

Having Corvette serve as the featured marque for 2013 is a fitting tribute for Road America as Corvettes have raced at the fabled circuit since 1956, just one year after the track’s inaugural 1955 season. Since then, Corvette drivers have taken on the competitive challenges of the challenging road course through professional racing series’, SCCA club racing, and various vintage racing series’. Many notable champions have made their mark on the legendary circuit including Tony DeLorenzo, Jim Jeffords, Dr. Dick Thompson, Jerry Hanson, John Greenwood, Jerry Thompson, John Heinricy and Ron Fellows.

On Friday and Saturday evening, the tiny village of Elkhart Lake will spring to life with a blend of art-on-wheels as part of the Nationwide Insurance Concours d’Elegance along the downtown streets featuring over 100 cars each night. On Friday evening, race cars will parade from the track to downtown Elkhart Lake for judging and spectator viewing. Sports cars will then gather on Saturday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Entries are being accepted for each Concours, with final judging and awards being presented on Sunday at Road America. In an effort to recognize the significant presence of active competition models, Friday’s race car Concours entries will be limited to cars also entered in race groups. Other fan attractions include autograph sessions, an automotive art and vendor fair, on-track touring presented by Associated Bank, and public go-karting at the Blain’s Farm and Fleet Motorplex.

Advance ticket pricing is available until July 10, 2013, with tickets available during the event at the gate. Additional information is available at www.roadamerica.com or by calling 800-365- RACE (7223). Races run rain or shine and kids 12 and under are free with an adult. Parking and paddock access is also free.

[Source: Road America; photos: David Ferguson and Tim Kemmis]

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