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Four-Time Indy 500 Champion At May 31-June 3 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival

Southlake, TX (April 2018) - Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Al Unser will serve as grand marshal for the May 31 – June 3 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival, one of their most important events of the season. The 12-turn, 2.52-mile Sonoma Raceway is an American epicenter of elite car collections and an ideal venue to showcase SVRA’s Gold Medallion cars. The Gold Medallion program certifies cars for their authenticity and historical significance.

“Al has been a great friend to SVRA and this is not the first time he has honored us with his presence,” said President and CEO Tony Parella. “It was a pinch-me moment for me last year when I had the opportunity to be his co-driver at the Brickyard Invitational. There have been a lot of great legends in the history of auto racing, but in my book, Big Al is right at the top of the mountain.”

“All of us at the Unser Racing Museum in Albuquerque appreciate history and the outstanding and important cars of our past,” Unser said. “The cars that show up at this event are exceptional and I look forward to roaming the paddock. I never fail to see old friends and great fans at SVRA events.”

Unser, one of only three drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 four times, is also a three-time Indy car champion (1970, ’83, ’85). He was among the rare breed of racers who could drive any type of car at any venue, including sports cars, stock cars, modifieds and dirt cars. A four-time Hoosier Hundred victor, he drove and won in sprints, midgets, Formula 5000 and stock cars to name a few. The Hall of Fame superstar was USAC stock car rookie of the year in 1967 and IROC champion in 1978. In his final Indianapolis 500 win (1987) he broke Ralph DePalma’s 67-year-old record for most career laps led in the historic race. He has a career total 39 Indy car race victories.

The Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival will present a variety of attractions. The event will mark the first of three appearances by the Pre-1920 Exhibition Series during the year. The others will be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Watkins Glen. The cars involved are extremely rare, in some cases the only example in existence. Long retired brands including Mercer, Packard, EMF, and Locomobile are part of the series. The National that finished seventh in the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911 is entered. These unique and amazing machines will be part of their own run group. They will also have a special paddock corridor with in-period tools, spares, and other equipment on display. Drivers and riding mechanics will dress in the apparel of the early days, including leather helmets.

Another feature of the weekend will be the popular Historic Trans Am group. They will also have their exclusive practice, qualifying, and race sessions. These are the actual cars of the glory days of Trans Am featuring the original Camaros, Mustangs, Challengers, Barracudas, and Javelins as driven by the great talents of the era including Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, and Mark Donohue.

SVRA sponsors Jaguar and Land Rover will also be on hand to present arrive and drive experiences. Anyone with a valid driver’s license and closed-toe shoes can drive the cars. Professional drivers will coach fans who want to challenge their skills and feel the performance of a Jaguar F-Type on a certified autocross course.

About SVRA - The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association is the premier vintage racing organization in the United States. Founded in 1978, SVRA enters its 40th year with over 2,500 active members. It will sanction 13 events in 2018 at some of the finest racing venues in the United States, including: the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sebring, Road America, Watkins Glen, Road Atlanta, Auto Club Speedway, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Sonoma Raceway, Portland International Raceway and Virginia International Raceway. SVRA hosted the first U.S. Vintage Racing National Championships at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas in 2013. Further information on SVRA, a complete annual schedule, and entry lists can be found on the SVRA website. Also be sure to check our Facebook page and YouTube channel which currently boasts a library of over 250 action-packed videos of events.
Source Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA)
Author Pam Shatraw
Date 2018-04-13
Board Track Racing of the Early 20th Century

Board track racing, one of the most popular sports of the 20th century, was also one of the most violent sports ever attempted. Crowds flocked to watch motorcycles zip around the track at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour while wearing nothing more than a leather helmet and goggles. Oh yeah, and they had no brakes, and wide open throttles, so fatal accidents were quite common. We have added 3 motorcycles to our collection, a 1929 Henderson, KJ1000 4 Cylinder Streamline Model, a 1909 Indian Twin Original Motor, and a 1914 Eagle Twin.

Come by the museum today and learn more about the history of board track racing!
Source Unser Racing Museum
Author Janet DeVesty
Date 2015-05-01
2012 Quicken Loans Michigan 400 Winner! Dale Earnhardt Jr. - #88

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the 2012 Quicken Loans Michigan 400, driving this special No. 88 car inspired by the Batman film, ''The Dark Knight Rises.'' Dale Jr. is a big fan of the comic book icon that may have become his lucky charm, and he even had a hand in designing the car. Come by the museum today and check out this iconic NASCAR.
Source Unser Racing Museum
Author Janet DeVesty
Date 2015-04-30