The Roadster Era at the Indianapolis 500 will be celebrated with several activities on Legends Day presented by Firestone on Saturday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Roadsters propelled several drivers to Indy 500 wins, including A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Bill Vukovich and Rodger Ward. Chassis designers and builders such as Quin Epperly, Frank Kurtis, Eddie Kuzma, Lujie Lesovsky and A.J. Watson became iconic figures in 500 history thanks to their roadster creations during this era.
“Few race cars of the Indianapolis 500 created more magical memories and nostalgia than the roadsters,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The race reached an even higher level of interest due to the epic races by these evocative machines and the legendary names that drove and built them.
“We can’t wait to celebrate this cherished era in May on Legends Day Honoring the Roadster Era with an incredible array of activities for fans of all ages. I know the camera on my phone will get a workout May 26!”
IMS will feature roadster displays facilitated by the IMS Museum and track laps by several roadsters.
Roadsters can be seen in April and May at the Indianapolis International Airport, and one of the cars will be displayed in the Fan Midway in the infield during the IndyCar Grand Prix, as well as during practice and qualifying days for the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Roadsters also can be viewed from May 24-26 at the IMS Museum’s Historic Racing Exhibition, located under large tents just to the east of the Museum.
Legends Day Honoring the Roadster Era presented by Firestone will also feature autograph sessions with the full starting field for the 102nd running of the race, along with legends of the Indianapolis 500 and the traditional public drivers meeting at 10:30 a.m.