'Roadsters 2 Records' Exhibition An IMS Museum Salute to a Pivotal Era

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'Roadsters 2 Records' Exhibition An IMS Museum Salute to a Pivotal Era

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'Roadsters 2 Records' Exhibition An IMS Museum Salute to a Pivotal Era

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“Roadsters 2 Records: Twelve Years that Revolutionized the Indianapolis 500” will open at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum on April 1, recounting an era in racing (1960-1972) that featured innovation, the emergence of new stars, and the birth of many notable Indianapolis 500 traditions.

“Roadsters 2 Records” will display numerous cars, uniforms, and artifacts that tell the story of this important chapter in motor racing history—the emergence of popular American drivers A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Rodger Ward, and their brutal front-engine roadsters.

During this time, a wave of talent, technology, ideas, and style arrived from Europe, Jim Clark’s 1965 Indy 500 victory spurring the rear-engine revolution in full force. The year before, Foyt had claimed his second career Indianapolis 500 win, marking the last time a front-engine roadster would win at Indy. Only one front-engine car started the race in 1966, the stage set for the modern era of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“Roadsters 2 Records explores the most pivotal era in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history,” said Jason Vansickle, Museum Vice President of Curation and Education. “As technology advanced, legendary drivers battled on the 2.5-mile oval as speeds records fell. These 12 years still resonate with IMS fans today, the brawny ‘Roadsters’ transformed into high-speed rear-engine winged cars, beginning the modern era of IndyCar.”

“Roadsters 2 Records” opens to members on March 31 and the general public on April 1. For more information, click HERE.

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