It’s supposed to be for fun, but the veteran drivers in the Vintage Race of Champions raced hard. The charity event benefits the Morgan Adams Foundation, whose goal is to help find a cure for childhood cancer. The race lead changed several times. 80 year old Johnny Rutherford led a couple laps. But Willy T. Ribbs went on to win after a spirted battle with Geoff Brabham.
The most serious incident in the race involved Lyn St. James, who spun coming off turn 14 and made contact with the outside wall in the front stretch.
In today’s Trans Am race, Chris Dyson won, leading the rest of the way after passing Ernie Francis Jr. about a third of the way through the contest. It was Dyson’s second straight win in the Mustang. Francis’ Mustang held on to second Adam Andretti finished third in a Corvette and Amy Ruman was fourth.
In SGT Tim Kezman won the class riving a Porsche 991. Mark Boden finished second, giving the Porsches a sweep of the top two spots.
The crowd seemed decent for this event. I thought there more fans at the track today than there were for this event last year.
Here are some photos of drivers before the Pro-Am race:
Tomorrow’s schedule includes the Formula Ford Reunion races at 11:35 am and 1:00 pm and the Trans Am 2 group race at 2:45 pm. Racing begins at 8 am with two 60 minute enduro races. The 9:10 race features historic GT and GTP cars. Back tomorrow with a wrap up of the day’s action and some more photos.