Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum to Send Four Cars to Darlington Historic Racing Festival
DARLINGTON, S.C. (Aug. 11, 2008) – The entry list for the Inaugural Darlington Historic Racing Festival continues to grow with the latest additions coming from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum in Speedway, Indiana.
“I am honored to have these prestigious open-wheel cars at the Inaugural Darlington Historic Racing Festival,” said Chris Browning, Darlington Raceway President. “Having four former Indianapolis 500 winning machines as part of our Inaugural event will certainly be something special for the fans.”
Four of the museums most historic cars will make the 700-mile journey from Speedway, Indiana to Darlington, South Carolina and will be part of the Moment in Time display tents for the entire event weekend.
The four cars on display from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum will include:
1951 Indianapolis 500 winner
Belanger Motors Special No. 99, built in 1949 by Kurtis–Kraft, Inc., as a combination dirt track and Indianapolis car. The lightweight Offenhauser-powered car won the 1951 Indianapolis 500 driven by Lee Wallard, the first to win in under four hours. It also won eight dirt track championship races the same season, driven by Tony Bettenhausen. Between 1949 and 1954, it won a total of 16 championship races, 14 with Bettenhausen and one each with Wallard and Sam Hanks.
1961 Indianapolis 500 winner
Bowes Seal Fast Special No. 1, built for the 1961 season by Floyd Trevis of Youngstown, Ohio, based on the A. J. Watson "roadster" design. The Offenhauser-powered car carried A. J. Foyt to the first of his four Indianapolis 500 victories in 1961 at a record average speed of 139.130 mph, and also to a third-place finish in 1963.
1962 Indianapolis 500 winner
Leader Card 500 Roadster No. 3, built by Leader Card team chief mechanic A. J. Watson for Rodger Ward to drive in 1962. Ward started in the middle of the front row with the 255-cubic-inch Offenhauser-powered car and cruised to his second "500" win at a record average speed of 140.293 mph.
1977 Indianapolis 500 winner
A. J. Foyt made history on May 29, 1977, by becoming the first driver ever to win the Indianapolis 500 for a fourth time. His winning mount was a low-slung Bob Riley-designed Foyt Coyote, powered by a 161-cubic-inch turbocharged V8 Foyt engine.
The Darlington Historic Racing Festival will offer fans two days of excitement featuring question and answer sessions with the legends, exhibition laps by the historic race cars, autograph sessions, a large display and vendor area, car corrals, kid zone and a variety of other activities.
Don’t miss your chance to see stock cars return to Darlington Raceway this Labor Day weekend, August 30-31, for the Inaugural Darlington Historic Racing Festival. Tickets for the event are $15 per day or $25 for the entire weekend, kids age 12 and under will be admitted free. Camping is also available for this event, tent sites can be purchased for $10, RV spots are $25. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Darlington Raceway ticket office at 866-459-RACE or online at http://www.darlingtonraceway.com/tickets/.