American racing began on roads in 1896 and continued with both point to point and circuit races into the '20s. The great American motor races attracted both domestic and European cars and drivers. Noted early events included: Atlanta, Indianapolis, Santa Monica, Savannah, Galveston, Sheepshead Bay and San Francisco. Oval track races were run on board tracks and dirt ovals.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened its track in 1908 and instituted the Indy 500 in 1911. It quickly became the premier American event due to its location in the heart of the emerging American auto industry. The barnstorming days of the banked board track began in the '20s and heralded the dawn of the first truly American car types, with factories such as Ford, Studebaker, Dodge and Duesenburg fighting for dominance over the wooden boards.
The first National auto racing championship series was organized by 1902. The American Automobile Association in 1909 and consisted of 24 races. George Robertson was the initial victor in a Simplex. In 1956 the United States Auto Club assumed authority and its first champion was Jim Bryan in a Kumza/Offy.
Championship Auto Racing Teams, CART, was formed in 1979 and Rick Mears in a Penske Cosworth was the champion. The Indy Racing League organized an oval championship beginning in 1996. Today both Champ Car and the Indianapolis Racing League, IRL, declare champions and new cars and drivers are creating automobile racing history.
The Historic Champ/Indy Car Association promotes preservation, restoration and education of Historic Champ and Indy cars. It salutes their significant contributions to American racing by registering, promoting and organizing displays and at-track events and historic races. Hundreds of cars are currently on the register and more are being added at a rapid pace.
The current schedule includes multiple oval and road course events and feature races. National television, press and other media coverage of the series is complemented by a World Wide Web site.
Car owners and drivers enjoy the thrill of on track action and the opportunity to participate in the competition and pagentry with the legends of racing.
These and other events are organized for the Historic Champ/Indy Car Association by Victory Lane Motorsports Marketing as part of the America's Racing Heritage Program. Sponsors of the events enjoy the hospitality and privileges of the VIP areas, as well as the publicity benefits of a tiered sponsorship program.
Participants in the sponsorship programs have a wide spectrum of choices to tailor their promotional program to their needs. The experts at Victory Lane Motorsports Marketing will help you produce the right program for your business. Call Pam Shatraw, Events Manager, at 650-321-1411.