It’s a mid-summer favorite, and the WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman is also one of the largest annual vintage racing events in the U.S., featuring more than 400 cars competing in several race groups—many already en route to the host track, Road America.
This year’s Thursday to Sunday, July 14-17, extravaganza will the All American Racers Eagle—a fitting tribute as countless Eagles as well as the California constructor’s late founder, Dan Gurney, have raced at the fabled four-mile, 14-turn Elkhart Lake, Wis., circuit since the 1960s.
In addition to the AAR Eagle feature, there will be a sub-feature for Under 2.5L Trans Am sedans, the 1970s pro series where Road America luminaries Horst Kwech, Tony Adamowicz, John Morton and others made early marks on the sport. The Trans Am and B Sedan feature race will roll off just before Sunday’s lunch break.
There will be as much going on off the track as on it through the four-day weekend, including a pair of Concours d’ Elegance events to be held downtown in the village of Elkhart Lake. Friday’s Concours is for race cars entered in the event, while the Saturday evening show is for street cars.
Throughout the weekend, host Brian Redman, David Hobbs and Burt “BS” Levy all will be selling books and signing autographs in the paddock shop.
Founded in 1964, Dan Gurney’s All American Racers quickly established itself as one of America’s most successful race car constructors, amassing wins in series as diverse as sports cars, Formula 1, and IndyCar. Between 1965 and 2012, the company produced 106 Indy Eagles, and by 1973—just eight years after the first Eagle flew at Indy—nearly 60 percent of Indy 500 teams ran Eagle chassis.
As many as 30 Eagles are expected at the Weathertech International Challenge event. The late Dan Gurney’s son Justin will be in attendance, bring cars out of AAR’s private museum with him including the Pepsi Challenger Eagle. Driven by Oklahoman Mike Mosley, the 1981 machine qualified second at Indianapolis and won on the Milwaukee Mile, notching Eagle’s last open-wheel victory.
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