Davy Jones, Mark Dismore gear up for VROC at IMS
Two stars of sports activities automotive and the Indianapolis 500 – Davy Jones and Mark Dismore – have filed entries for Sportscar Classic Racing Affiliation’s (SVRA) Classic Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Professional-Am offered by Chopard Watch on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). Earlier entries to the August three race embrace Johnny Rutherford, Willy T. Ribbs, Mike Skinner, and Geoff Brabham.
“Davy and Mark are top-level champions, actually wonderful abilities,” stated SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “Our VROC championship collection continues to develop and the caliber of legendary drivers getting into our charity pro-am races is proof of that.
Dismore and Jones had been each chosen to compete within the elite IROC collection twice. They be a part of a rising checklist of former IROC drivers getting into the VROC collection. Others already entered are Rutherford and Brabham. Extra are anticipated within the coming weeks. Jones and Brabham are each former total winners within the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Chicago-born Davy Jones first gained discover when he positioned third within the 1983 British Method three championship behind Ayrton Senna. Bernie Ecclestone examined him for a Brabham Method 1 seat the identical 12 months. Jones later competed within the New Zealand Method Atlantic collection, profitable that nation’s grand prix in 1984 and ’87. In 1986 he scored BMW McLaren’s solely IMSA GTP victory at Watkins Glen. A top-tier sports activities automotive driver, he introduced house the general win in each the 1996 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1990 24 Hours of Daytona. In an Indy automotive profession spanning 9 seasons, together with six Indianapolis 500s, his finest end got here on the Best Spectacle in Racing in 1996 when he was second. He positioned seventh there in 1989.
Mark Dismore got here again from a devastating accident at IMS in 1991 to just about win the Indianapolis 500 ten years later earlier than gearbox failure dashed his possibilities. He captured the eye of the American open wheel group in 1990 when he dominated the Toyota Atlantic (Pacific Division) championship, profitable eight of ten races on the schedule. Simply two years after his devastating accidents at Indianapolis he gained total on the 1993 24 Hours of Daytona driving Dan Gurney’s All-American Racers Toyota prototype with Rocky Moran and P.J. Jones. He returned to Indy automotive racing in 1996 with Workforce Menard and finally grew to become a star driver for Kelley Racing the place he gained the 1999 Texas Motor Speedway 500-kilometer championship race. All through his profession, he competed in 64 Indy automotive races and along with his victory in Texas he gained 4 pole positions.
The VROC Charity Professional-Am offered by Chopard Watch is a Saturday function occasion on the Brickyard Invitational. The vehicles are 1963 to 1972 classic Corvettes, Camaros, and Mustangs of SVRA “Group 6” A and B Manufacturing. The professionals will probably be paired with newbie drivers. Amateurs will begin the race and be required to drive a most of seven laps.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Brickyard Invitational VROC Charity Professional-Am will profit the Morgan Adams Basis. The inspiration helps laboratory and scientific analysis within the space of pediatric most cancers, with an emphasis on tumors on the mind, backbone, and central nervous system. Morgan Adams was a five-year-old lady who misplaced her battle with mind most cancers in 1997. The inspiration has a historical past of working with classic racers to assist their trigger.
Along with the Professional-Am, there will probably be a pageant of different actions on the Brickyard Invitational together with skilled Trans Am by Pirelli collection races on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend additionally presents the Hagerty Insurance coverage “vehicles & caffeine” automotive corral, and 300+ classic racers ranging over 100 years of automotive historical past racing in SVRA Teams 1 by 12.