Mario Andretti and Phil Hill to appear at Road America
American World Racing Champions Mario Andretti and Phil Hill to Appear at Road America's Brian Redman International Challenge Elkhart Lake, Wisc., July 7, 2005 -- World Champion, multiple Driver of the Year, racing patriarch and racing ambassador Mario Andretti will be honored as the grand marshal during Road America's Brian Redman International Challenge (BRIC) Presented by Jaguar, July 14-17.
Also attending the event as special guest is Phil Hill whose driving career spans two decades of countless wins in a wide range of sports and formula cars. In 1961 Hill became the first American to win the Formula One World Drivers Championship, the ultimate competition in all of motorsports. For 17 years his record was unchallenged and today is shared with only one other American, Mario Andretti, who won in 1978. Hill remains the only American-born Formula One champion.
Andretti is often called the greatest race car driver of all time, with stellar accomplishments in many racing disciplines. To date, he is the only driver to be named Driver of the Year in three decades -- in 1967, 1978 and 1984. He won the Formula One World Championship in 1978. He is a four-time Champ Car National Champion, in 1965, 1966, 1969 and 1984.
In Champ Cars, Andretti won at Road America in 1983, 1984 and 1987. He was the Indy 500 winner in 1969 and pole winner in 1966, 1967 and 1987. Andretti collected important podium honors in Florida, winning NASCAR's Daytona 500 in 1967; and the 12 Hours of Sebring three times, 1967, 1970 and 1972, in sports cars.
Phil Hill is a three-time winner of the 24 Hours of LeMans, first to win the 12 Hours of Sebring three times, three-time winner of the Argentine 1000Km, two-time winner of the Grand Prix of Italy and Belgian Grand Prix, winner of the initial road race for the United States at Pebble Beach, the first American to win the World Driving Championship (1961), and holds international speed records at Bonneville.
On September 11, 1955, during Road America's inaugural weekend, Hill drove a Ferrari Monza to win the SCCA Nationals feature race. The vintage event, one of the largest in the U.S., will feature 10 racing groups and 36 classes including a historic Formula One and a Can-Am race, both series in which Andretti competed, plus other classes for vintage sports cars.
A BRIC display tent will feature cars driven by Mario Andretti, autograph sessions and live painting sessions by motorsports artist Randy Owens. An anniversary poster created by Owens, and an anniversary book compiled by historian Tom Schultz, commemorate the track's 50th anniversary and are both available for purchase.
In addition to on-track activities, Road America will organize a concours in the Village of Elkhart Lake on Friday and Saturday evening, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Over 100 cars are featured each nightrace cars on Friday and sports cars on Saturday. Judging takes place each night and awards are given in 10 categories. The evening concours are sponsored by Road and Track magazine and are free to spectators. A Super Ticket for all four days is $70, and includes parking and access to the paddock, where the teams, shops and autograph sessions are located. Daily ticket prices are Thursday, $10; Friday, $15, Saturday, $35 and Sunday, $35. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult. Tickets may be ordered online at www.roadamerica.com