IRL: Historic Indy 500 cars on track May 21-22 at IMS

Al Unser's 1970 "Johnny Lightning" winner, other famous cars on display INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, May 13, 2003 -- Arguably the greatest gathering yet of historic Indianapolis 500 cars will be on display for up-close viewing and track demonstration...

Al Unser's 1970 "Johnny Lightning" winner, other famous cars on display

INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, May 13, 2003 -- Arguably the greatest gathering yet of historic Indianapolis 500 cars will be on display for up-close viewing and track demonstration laps during the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum's fourth vintage car show and parade laps May 21-22 at the world-famous 2.5-mile oval.

The cars will be on display along the Speedway's pit lane from noon-6 p.m. (EST) on May 21 during Community Day festivities. On Miller Lite Carb Day, May 22, the cars will take to the track at approximately 1 p.m., immediately following the final practice for the Indianapolis 500 starting field. The demonstration laps will end by 1:30 p.m. -- the start time for the 27th annual Checkers/Rally's Indy 500 Pit Stop Competition.

The cars represent the Speedway's rich history from its early days to 1970. Each car turned laps at the Speedway during the month of May. Some only practiced, others attempted to qualify and did not make the elite starting field, while many competed in the race and in a few cases, won the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Some of the notable classics taking part in the display and drive:

-- The 1970 Johnny Lightning Special, driven by Al Unser to his first Indy victory, and the first of his historic back-to-back wins in 1970-71.

-- The 1946 Novi driven by Ralph Hepburn. With the powerful Novi engine, Hepburn set a one-lap record of 134.449 mph in qualifying and led 44 laps before finishing 14th. The car will give a whole new generation of fans an appreciation for the Novi engine.

-- The 1939-40 Boyle Maserati driven by Wilbur Shaw to consecutive Indy victories.

-- The 1947-48 Blue Crown Special that carried Mauri Rose to consecutive "500" wins.

-- The 1931 race-winning Bowes Seal Fast entry, driven by Louis Schneider.

-- The 1931 Studebaker driven in 1932 by Zeke Meyer, part of the famous five-car Studebaker team of 1932-33.

Community Day tickets are only $5 for adults and free for children ages 5 and younger. In addition to the historic car display, fans can drive their personal vehicle around the legendary oval between noon-6 p.m., browse the garage area and pit lane and collect autographs during a driver autograph session scheduled for 3-6 p.m. in the garage area.

Miller Lite Carb Day activities include the final practice for the 87th Indianapolis 500 starting field from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., the vintage car laps from 1-1:30 p.m., the pit stop competition from 1:30-3 p.m. and a concert by national recording act Cracker -- free with admission to the grounds -- at 3:30 p.m.

General admission tickets for Miller Lite Carb Day are available at the gate or at the IMS Ticket Office and are $10 for adults and free for children ages 5 and younger.

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Series IndyCar , USAC , Vintage
Drivers Al Unser