Unser Jr. returns to Victory Lane at Indy as Brickyard Invitational concludes
Images: IMS Photo
Driving a racecar through Gasoline Alley, through the pit lane and onto the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is usually something only the professionals get to do. Sharing a car with one of those professionals during a race at IMS used to be a pipe dream. But the Brickyard Invitational this weekend brought participants to tears and fans to their feet as drivers wheeled their vintage machines through the historic alley.
"Just seeing some of the drivers crying going out of Gasoline Alley because they were emotional at the fact that they were at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, how can it get better than that?" SVRA President Tony Parella said.
Parella, IMS President Doug Boles and several Indy 500 legends all deemed the event a success and something that will be a staple at the speedway for years to come.
"If there is any other racetrack in the world, I don't care where you are, if you could race at one track, it has got to be here," Parella added.
Sunday got off to a shaky start as the weather threatened to KO the Indy Legends Charity Pro/Am race. Luckily, the rain cleared and a condensed schedule still got everyone on the track.
Two-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr. and Peter Klutt won the Pro/Am race driving a red, white and blue 1969 Chevrolet Corvette.
"It feels great," said Unser Jr. (LEFT). "Any time you win at Indy, it is a good day, no matter what."
He had nothing but praise for the event and seemed ecstatic to be driving in the race.
"I just think it's awesome. It's fantastic, all the different cars here," Unser Jr. declared. "You can see on the faces of the drivers of all the cars that have been running here, the gentleman and the ladies that are just coming off beaming and just a chance to run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a dream come true for these participants."
Eliseo Salazar and Gary Moore finished second in a 1965 Ford Mustang GT350 and Willy T. Ribbs and Ed Sevadjian finished third in a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette. Scott Goodyear also was driving in the race in a 1965 blue and white Ford Mustang.
"To see all of these neat cars that have raced in years gone by is really cool for fans to see and, honestly, for us as drivers to come out and do it because it is completely different than what most of us have ever done here," said Goodyear, who finished 14th with co-driver Stephen Seitz.
Enjoy this gallery of images from the third and final day of the Brickyard Invitational. All images by IMS photo:
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