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Will You Kiss the Bricks?

Indy this year has two special formula Ford races and two unique groups of Classic Monoposto cars for the practice, qualifying and racing, so you will have multiple opportunities to "kiss the bricks." SVRA has captioned this year's Indy event as a Formula Ford "featured marque reunion and race." The event also offers races for F70 and Indy Lights cars, so all Monoposto Championship contenders will be able to accrue points.

Ever since the Indy road course was created for the 2000 Formula 1 Grand Prix it has been fun to race on. In 2014 the IndyCar Grand Prix was added on the circuit as an event preceding the Indy 500 each year.

2014 was also the first year of SVRA racing at Indy with over 700 entries. The race is an "Invitational" allowing SVRA to manage the entry list down from the first year of entries but it is still a big event. With this year featuring formula Ford there are nearly 60 formula Fords on the early entry list and although at the moment it's not clear how the field will be divided across the two feature races I do know that everyone (including formula B cars and other non-formula Fords) will get two races on Sunday.

The road course at Indy has changed a little over the years, notably the section near pit in. As it has been configured for the last several years, that section rewards drivers able to balance their cars through several slow speed twisty turns and then get on the power for the run to start/finish and down to turn one. Also notable is the chicane on the back straight which may be driven flat out in virtually all cars but can still be challenging, particularly in traffic.

Because of the event size and the nature of the schedule we will not have a Monoposto party but by all means if you have the time walk the paddock, check out the cars and make an effort to speak with your fellow competitors.

Travis Engen


Monoposto Racing

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