IMS Hall of Fame museum announces several special exhibits

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Some special exhibits are coming to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame museum this year. See the release below:

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc., d/b/a the Hall of Fame Museum, is pleased to announce several upcoming special exhibits.

The Racing Cars of Dan Gurney – An All-American Exhibition
May 1-Nov. 30, 2015

Retired Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500 driver Dan Gurney is the focus of the Hall of Fame’s latest special exhibit, which highlights 11 cars he built or drove. The exhibit includes several examples of Eagle racing cars produced by Gurney’s All American Racers of Santa Ana, California. The three Indianapolis 500-winning Eagle race cars displayed were driven by Bobby Unser in 1968 and 1975, and by Gordon Johncock in 1973. The 1973 winning race car is on loan to the Museum by a private owner and the 1975 race car is on loan from The Revs Institute for Automotive Research Inc. The exhibit also features the Gurney-Weslake V-12 owned by The Revs Institute for Automotive Research Inc., with which Gurney won the 1967 Belgian Grand Prix, the only World Championship Grand Prix race won by an American driver in an American car. The exhibit includes the 1991 Eagle GTP Mark III Coupe, one of six constructed. It was driven by Juan Manuel Fangio II and won 21 of 27 events entered, including an amazing run of 14 victories in succession. That vehicle is on loan from the Malloy Foundation, Inc.

Vehicle of the Month
Updated on the 15th of every month

The Hall of Fame Museum’s collection includes many more vehicles – by a multiple of more than five – than it can display at any one time. To better share this extensive collection with the community, the Museum will pull one vehicle out of storage each month for public viewing as its Vehicle of the Month.

Through May 15

Ferrari Type-375: As spring reaches Indiana, the Hall of Fame Museum is featuring the Ferrari Type-375, which showcases a 2.5 liter, 12-cylinder Ferrari engine.

Four updated 1951 Ferrari Grand Prix cars were prepared for the 1952 Indianapolis 500, three of which were sold to American customers.  Scuderia Ferrari campaigned the fourth itself.

Future world champion Alberto Ascari passed up the Swiss Grand Prix in order to drive the “works” car, the only one of the four to qualify. The choice of wire wheels over “mags” proved costly, however, as Ascari was forced out at 100 miles with a collapsed wheel just after having entered the top 10. The private entries were assigned to Johnnie Parsons and Bobby Ball, plus Johnny Mauro, who entered the car on display.  Although the paint work on the display car resembles Ascari’s car number 12, at the time Mauro’s number 35 was white with blue numbers and lettering. Ascari did drive this car briefly during practice.

Coming May 15

1972/73 Sugaripe Prune Eagle No. 2: May will feature a turbocharged Drake Offenhauser-powered, 1972 Dan Gurney All American Racers Eagle, owned by sportsman Jerry O’Connell and driven in 1972, 1973 and 1974 by Bill Vukovich Jr., who finished second in the rain-shortened Indianapolis 500 in 1973.  This vehicle will complement the 11 race cars included in the Museum’s special exhibit about Dan Gurney race cars, which are on display from May 1-Nov. 30, 2015.

Coming June 15

1950 Cummins Diesel No. 61: Commissioned for the 1950 Indianapolis 500 by Cummins Engine Co. of Columbus, Indiana, this Kurtis-Kraft chassis housed a 401-cubic-inch supercharged Cummins Diesel truck engine.  Driven by Jimmy Jackson, who later broke several speed records with it at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, it was eliminated after 52 laps in 1950 with supercharger drive failure.

To learn what new treasure will be on display each month, check our website at www.imshalloffamemuseum.org. You’ll see what vehicle is currently on display and a hint or two about the next several months’ offerings. You’ll also get a chance to see what you missed.

IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:


Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change