Official details revealed for IMS vintage race

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Last month, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association revealed preliminary details for a vintage race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On Tuesday, the track itself confirmed the official plans for the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational.

Hundreds of cars from past Indianapolis 500s, cars from the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, Formula One, Grand-Am prototypes and Trans-Am will take to IMS’s oval and road course configurations on a three-day weekend from June 6-8.

Iconic manufacturers such as Chevrolet, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, MG and many others will compete in twelve different classes of racing. Meanwhile, there will also be a special class to feature open-wheel race cars with Indianapolis 500 or other historic racing background.

“Indianapolis Motor Speedway fans appreciate and enjoy the history of racing and welcoming this event to IMS is the perfect way to celebrate racing history with cars that have competed in all different classes and many different venues over the last 100 years,” IMS president J. Douglas Boles said in a release. “SVRA events are incredibly fan friendly, offering everyone the rare opportunity to get close to the historic racecars, talk to the owners and drivers, and trade stories about racing’s heritage. When you combine the story of each of the cars competing to the over 100 years of history and stories of competition at IMS, this will be an unforgettable weekend of racing.”

It’s yet another step in the right direction for IMS, which is seeking to do more to increase its overall bottom line in 2014. The best part about this is that this caters to those fans with an insatiable appetite to see cars from the past once again back at IMS.

If the roadsters aren’t returning to modern racing – and let’s face it, they aren’t – they’ll still have a place at modern day IMS with this announcement. Kudos to both the Speedway and SVRA for putting this together.

Lewis Hamilton comes home to Mercedes factory after fourth title

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On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.

And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.

Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.

The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.

“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.

“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.

“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”

A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.