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5/2/2014 - Triple Indy 500 Winner Bobby Unser To Lead Open-Wheelers At Brickyard Invitational

Southlake, TX -- Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby Unser has entered the oval high-speed exhibition races during SVRA's June 6-8 Brickyard Invitational vintage race meet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). Unser will bring his considerable skills and insights to the first true high-speed vintage events on the IMS oval. For the first time in history, IMS will present race cars in action on both the oval and road course on the same day.

Unser will lead the Group 2 and 9 open-wheel categories as well as other sessions designed for oval-only drivers of such cars as Indy roadsters and classic dirt and sprint cars. Race fans will be treated to an amazing spectacle of living history, Unser said. Boys and girls, strap on your helmets because we are going to have fun.

Unser, who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1968, 1975 and 1981, also captured the national driving championship in 1968 and 1974. A versatile talent, the International Hall of Fame driver won the 1975 International Race of Champions (IROC) and scored more Pikes Peak Hill Climb victories than anyone in history. A proven winner in sprint cars and midgets, he also competed in NASCAR, Formula One and sports cars. An outstanding development driver, Unser is credited with much of the input to the design of the Gurney Flap, an integral element of racing wings. He was also vital to the development of the first in-house Penske chassis to win the Indianapolis 500. His analytical skills served him well during a successful career in broadcast television where he provided booth commentary on ABCs Indianapolis 500 coverage.

SVRA noted the Brickyard Invitational oval events will be strictly regulated, with no passing in the turns for safety and because the value of many entries is well over $1 million. With 668 entries as of April 30, the Brickyard Invitational weekend will be the largest gathering of vintage race cars ever assembled for competition in the U.S.

As previously announced, Unsers nephew, two-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser, Jr., heads a star-studded field of drivers in the Sunday, June 8 feature event of the weekend: the Indy Legends Pro-Am among Group 6's V8-powered muscle cars like Corvettes, Mustangs and Camaros. Among the previously announced 11 entries are Lyn St. James, Willy T. Ribbs, Mark Dismore, Geoff Brabham, Johnny Parsons Jr. and Alex Lloyd. Another racing icon, 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner Parnelli Jones, will pace the field. Jones also serves as Grand Marshal for entire Brickyard Invitational weekend.

Tickets range from $15-$25 for single-day general admission tickets, with three-day passes for Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8 at $40. For tickets, visit www.ims.com/tickets, or call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

Photo: Bobby Unser at the Meadowdale 50th anniversary celebration in 2008.

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