SVRA Weekend Finale: Miller Wins TA2

Photo: Marc Miller drove the Dodge Challenger to a flag to flag win in Sunday’s TA2 race.

Marc Miller narrowly won the pole for Sunday’s Trans Am 2 race which ended the SVRA weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  He left nothing to chance during the race, however, leading all 42 laps in an easy victory. Early in the race he was gaining a second per lap on second place.

Rafa Matos started second, but he didn’t hold the spot long. Third place starter Scott Lagasse, Jr. passed him  in turn 1. Matos seemed to slow more each lap and dropped quickly through the field. He retired after completing just 10 laps. Dillon Machavern got by Lagasse for second and went on to finish as runner up. Lagasse also dropped out of the race after 22 laps.

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The start of the Trans Am race. Rafa Matos (first yellow car) has already dropped from the front row of the grid.

A Weekend Full of Racing

For someone who just like to watch race cars of any kind, an SVRA weekend is perfect. There are three days of nonstop action with practices, qualifying , and races. There are very short breaks between each track session. Their next event is next weekend at Mid Ohio. It’s a great value for people who can’t get to or afford a weekend at a major racing event.

Formula Ford Reunion Brings Back the Nostalgia

The tiny cars with tiny engines really struck a chord with me. While all the cars ran 1.6 liter engines, there were ten (10!) different chassis on the grid. It took me back to my earliest 500s (not 1911) when there were several different types of chassis, each with a distinct look. Sigh. I talked to a couple of the drivers before the race. They are passionate about racing and love what they are doing to preserve the sport. This is a hobby for them, but I think many of them would trade their regular jobs to race full time in a heartbeat.

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Jeremy Treadway won the second Formula Ford race Sunday in a 1981 Van Diemen

A few of the other chassis:

Left: 1972 Crossle25; Top Right : 1980 PRS RHO1  Bottom Right: 1970 Titan

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1969 Winkelman WDF 1

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The 1.6 liter powerplant

 

I’ll be back this week with more on the proposed Indycar engine plan for 2022 and some news and rumors. Might throw in an old program as well.  Thanks for following along this week.

Ribbs Wins VROC; Dyson Takes Trans Am GT;

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.

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Chris Dyson leads Ernie Francis, Jr.  Trans Am race. Adam Andretti is the next car.  Dyson  led to the finish.

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:

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Geoff Brabham
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Lyn St. James
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Roberto Guerrero
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Davey Hamilton
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Boris Said ( I know he’s not an Indycar driver. I’ve always thought he was cool)

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.

 

 

SVRA- Classic Cars, Indy Veterans

It has been a hectic morning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the SVRA race day began with the first race at 8 am. Action on track has been continuous. In about 10 minutes the TA2 class will have their final practice before they qualify at 3:50 this afternoon.

At noon pre-race activities begin for the VROC Charity Pro Am Race begin. The 50 minute race starts at 1:15.  I will be on the grid pre race and will live post photos to both Twitter and Facebook. Check out @PitWindow on Twitter and The Pit Window on Facebook.

Here are some photos from this morning including some from the Hagerty Cars and Caffeine show and a former 500 winner who is racing in the Pro Am later today.

Row 1: 1939 Sprint car

Row 2:  Johnny Rutherford;  1960 Imperial; I think my grandfather owned one of these; My favorite car ever- 1957 Chevy bel Aire

Row 3:  Cobra; Winner of Class 2b race; Cars at speed on the backstretch

SVRA Returns to IMS with Busy Weekend

Photo: A car from SVRA Group 2- pre 1973 formula cars. Photo from SVRA website

The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association returns to the Indianapolis motor Speedway today and tomorrow with a full program of races in all classes.

Fourteen groups will race, some together in split races, as well as Trans Am cars. Sunday’s program begins with two Enduro events, one for Vintage Classic cars and the other for Historic GT/GTP cars.  Each will have a 60 minute race.  The Trans Am races are 75 minutes.

Today’s highlights are the Hagerty cars and Caffeine Car Show at 100 am and the VROC Charity pro-Am Race at 1:15 pm.

Today’s schedule:

Saturday, August 3
7:30am-3:00pm Registration
7:30am-12:00pm Tech Inspections
10:00am
Hagerty Cars & Caffeine Car Show
8:00am
Groups 1, 3, 4 Feature Race 1**
8:30am
Group 2a
Feature Race 1
9:00am
Groups 10, 12a Feature Race 1**
9:30am
Groups 5, 7, 11 Feature Race 1**
10:00am
Group 9
Feature Race 1
10:30am
Group 2b
Feature Race 1
11:00am
Groups 8, 12b Feature Race 1**
11:30am
TA2
Practice 30 min
12:00pm—1:00pm LUNCH BREAK
12:00-12:30 – Jaguar Laps, 12:30-1:00 – Prewar Exhibition Laps
12:00pm
VROC Charity Pro/Am Pre-Race Festivities – Pit Lane
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Driver Introductions/Fan Walk)
1:15pm
VROC Charity Pro/Am Feature Race
50min
2:35pm
TA/SGT/GT Feature Race 75 min
3:50pm
TA2
Qualifying 20 min
4:10pm
Group 6
Feature Race 1
4:40pm
Prewar Exhibition Laps
5:00pm
Hagerty Car Show Exhibition Laps
Former Indycar driver Rafa Matos will drive in the Trans Am race tomorrow afternoon.
Former Indycar drivers Lyn St. James, Roberto Guerrero, and three time 500 winner Johnny Rutherford are some of the stars entered in today’s Pro-Am race. Dick Simon is the Grand Marshall for the event.
The Pit Window will be on site today and tomorrow covering the races and plans lots of pictures of classic cars.