Some of the most prominent names in motorsport, from the world of open-wheel and sports car racing, will compete in Legends of Motorsports events this year. Ex-Formula 1 drivers Mark Blundell, Eddie Cheever and Stefan Johansson, plus two-time Indianapolis 500 race winner Arie Luyendyk, will contest selected rounds of the Bobby Rahal Signature Event series.
United Autosports will provide a stunning stable of machinery for former 24 Hours of Le Mans race winners Blundell and Johansson, and Indy 500 race victors Cheever and Luyendyk. Blundell, Cheever and Johansson raced for the Anglo-American team in Europe last year, an association they and Luyendyk continue in the 24 Hours of Spa alongside United Autosports chairman co-owner Zak Brown. They will showcase their talent and vast experience behind the wheel of such legendary racecars as the 1969 Lola T163 (Can-Am), 1979 McLaren M28 (F1), 1992 Benetton B191 (F1, BELOW)), 1991 Penske PC20 (CART Indy car) and Porsche 962 (IMSA Camel GT) among others in the three-event series staged at the Barber Motorsports Park on May 20-22, Mont-Tremblant on July 8-10 and Sebring on Dec. 2-4.
The ultra-experienced quartet made their names in the uppermost echelons of racing, boasting more than 300 Formula 1 starts, six Indy 500 wins, five IndyCar Championships and numerous open-wheel and sports car victories, join three-time IndyCar champion and Indianapolis 500 race winner Rahal and other historic racing participants at these venues along with Brown – founder and CEO of Just Marketing Inc. as well as his United Autosport involvement, and a co-owner of the Legends of Motorsports program with Rahal.
“The drivers joining us at the Legends of Motorsports events are some of the best drivers to have competed in open-wheel racing,” said Rahal. “The Legends of Motorsports events are the only place you will see drivers of this caliber go wheel-to-wheel racing in cars such as the Penske PC20 and the Benetton B191B. It is going to be fantastic.”
A full calendar of events will await historic racing fans during the participating weekends including Legends Autograph Sessions, Fan Forums, free paddock access where fans can see these historic cars and racing legends up close and non-stop racing activity.