By: Tanner Watkins
October 24, 2018 | 2:37 PM
This will be welcome news for history fanatics of American open-wheel racing: the Vintage Indy Registry will build off of its inaugural Open-Wheel Icons event this past August by returning for an encore at Gateway Motorsports Park in 2019.
Last August a slew of historic open-wheel race cars visited the Madison, Illinois racetrack for multiple sessions demonstrating the cars on-track, sandwiched between periods of time where spectators could visit a de-facto Gasoline Alley to see the machines up close and personal.
This week the Vintage Indy Registry confirmed that the historic cars will once again supplement the IndyCar Series race weekend at Gateway by releasing a tentative schedule where the cars will appear on-track.
For Friday, August 23 there will be a 45-minute session – from 12 to 12:45 p.m.- followed by two sessions on Saturday, August 24. The Saturday sessions are slated to run from 1 to 1:30 p.m. as well as 2:40 to 3:10 p.m.
That won’t be the last time the historic cars get their run on the 1.25-mile oval. On the evening of IndyCar’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500, cars of the Vintage Indy Registry will make one more appearance in a “Vintage Indy Parade” with pace cars from 6:15 to 6:25 p.m.
Green flag for the IndyCar Series race will drop at approximately 7:40 p.m. that night, Saturday, August 24.
In case you didn’t know, the Vintage Indy Registry dedicates itself to the history and preservation of “Indianapolis Championship Cars” created between 1911 and 1997.
The broader goal of the Vintage Indy Registry is to ensure that race cars from this era continue to be appreciated through showcase events, carefully documented records on each car’s history, and an engaging network of car owners, enthusiasts and professionals that share the same love for what they have coined “The Greatest Cars in Racing.”
The registry database itself, which can be found on the Vintage Indy Registry website, lists cars ranging from a 1968 Lotus 56 turbine all the way to a 1991 Penske PC – with many more in between. There are even a couple of cars currently for sale, including a 1972 Dan Gurney-commissioned machine resembling cars driven by Bobby Unser and Jerry Grant in the early 1970s.
While this is the only event currently on the 2019 calendar for the Vintage Indy Registry, fans can certainly look forward to future announcements regarding historic car events hosted by the Registry. This includes a rather large display of historic cars during the month of May at Indianapolis, so stay tuned for more updates as the winter months turn to spring.
Header image by Robert Underwood IV/Vintage Indy Registry.