By: Tanner Watkins
February 11, 2019 | 4:00 PM
Back by popular demand, the cars of the Indianapolis 500’s past will roam the 2.5-mile Speedway once again in 2019 ahead of this year’s Greatest Spectacle in Racing. The IMS Museum has announced the 21st edition of the Indianapolis Historic Racing Exhibition, which will run from May 23 to 25.
Entering a car in the exhibition is open to the public (at this link) but the requirements state that all machines must be Indy cars that have qualified – or attempted to qualify – for the Indianapolis 500 between 1911 and 1994. Last year there were over 70 cars featured in the race weekend exhibition.
When the cars are not taking laps on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, fans can check out the cars up-close as they will be stationed in a vintage “Gasoline Alley” inside Turn 2 at the IMS Museum parking lot.
Admission to watch the exhibition laps and visit the display area is free with
The Exhibition will begin on Thursday, May 23 with the IMS Museum Hall of Fame Day Autograph Session, featuring Indianapolis 500 legends and other IMS Hall of Fame members. For details on how to attend the session, fans are asked to visit this link.
Friday, May 24 is Miller Lite Carb Day in 2019, and in addition to a one-hour final practice for the Indianapolis 500, the Freedom 100, the Pit Stop Competition and a multi-act concert featuring Foreigner in the afternoon, Historic Racing Exhibition track laps will run at various points in the day.
The fun will continue on Saturday, May 25 when Firestone and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway honor Mario Andretti for Legends Day. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Andretti’s only Indianapolis 500 victory, and he will be featured along with other “500” legends in a Saturday autograph session.
Other festivities on May 25 include a full-field autograph session for this year’s Indianapolis 500 participants, the Public Drivers Meeting, a country concert from the Zac Brown Band, and of course, the final exhibition laps from historic cars of the Indy 500’s past.
All of this leads up to the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 26.
Track times for the Historic Racing Exhibition will be posted at a later date, so stay tuned for more information. The deadline for Historic Racing Exhibition car registration is midnight (ET) on Friday, March 15.
Header image by Eric Anderson/INDYCAR.