Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Announces 20th Annual Historic Racing Exhibition

Speedway, IN — More than 70 historic race cars with ties to the Indianapolis 500 return to the Brickyard May 24-26 for the 20th annual Historic Racing Exhibition, presented by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Historic Indy Roadsters will be on display and also running exhibition laps leading up to this year’s Indianapolis 500. Photo Fritz Frommeyer

The event is open to cars that either qualified for or were entered for the Indianapolis 500. The event includes a display of the cars in “Historic Gasoline Alley” next to the Museum and on-track laps for the participants. The vehicles eligible for the exhibition range from 1911 to 1993.

Fans can hear iconic engines from the mighty Miller that dominated in the 1920s and 1930s, to the roar of the popular, hard-luck Novi which participated in the “500” from 1946 to 1965 and the distinctive turbocharged Cosworth of the 1980s.

Some of the iconic cars that will participate in the exhibition include the 1949 Blue Crown Spark Plug Special that powered Bill Holland to victory in the “500,” the 1975 McLaren M16 that finished second with Johnny Rutherford behind the wheel and A.J. Foyt’s first Coyote.

The display is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, and the cars will be on track for exhibition laps on the following schedule.

  • Thursday, May 24: 2:45-4 p.m.
  • Friday, May 25: 8-9 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 26: 11:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

In honor of the current exhibit in the IMS Museum — “The Amazing Unsers, from Albuquerque to Indianapolis” — there will be a special tribute to the family on race morning. Leading the way will be the 1992 Cadillac Allante Pace Car that Bobby Unser drove that year. Now, his daughter Jeri will be at the wheel, with Bobby in the passenger seat. The car will lead three of the Unsers’ race cars: Bobby Unser’s 1968-winning Eagle/Offy driven by his nephew Johnny Unser, Al Unser’s 1970-winning P.J. Colt/Ford driven by his son, Al Unser Jr., and Al Jr’s 1983 Eagle/Cosworth rookie car driven by Al Unser III.