Vegas Grand Prix announced today that the Historic Grand Prix (HGP) will open its season at the inaugural Vegas Grand Prix, April 6-8, 2007. Currently scheduled to race in the historic event are former open-wheel legends Arie Luyendyk, Danny Sullivan and Al Unser Jr.
“We’re thrilled to have these legendary drivers compete at the Vegas Grand Prix,” said Jim Freudenberg, president and chief executive officer of the Vegas Grand Prix. “These drivers will be joined by an additional three racing legends that we’ll announce in the coming weeks.”
Historic Grand Prix is comprised of approximately 50 active owner-drivers of Formula One cars from the FIA (Federation International Automobile) Three Liter period from 1966-1983. The roster of cars includes many Grand Prix and Championship winners including; the 1981 United States Grand Prix Las Vegas (Caesars Grand Prix) winning Williams FW07C Cosworth, five Ferraris, three Lotus chassis, the Parnelli VPJ1, one of only four AAR Eagle-Weslake chassis, and many other cars of unique pedigree. The series is designed to present fast, colorful and spirited racing at very select venues in North America.
Six open-wheel legends are scheduled to compete against a select group of Historic Grand Prix owner-drivers in a 30-minute race prior to the Champ Car World Series race on Sunday, April 8. Danny Sullivan, Indy 500 winner, former Champ Car champion and Formula One driver, is enthused about the weekend.
“I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of one of those gorgeous cars and compete against Al Jr. and Arie again,” Sullivan said. “The historic cars are meticulously maintained and the owners don’t just put them out for show.”
The Historic Grand Prix cars will be on display throughout the Vegas Grand Prix weekend for race fans to enjoy. The cars are arranged chronologically and each is accompanied by a storyboard with period photos and history.
“The HGP is about sharing history with modern fans and for those lucky enough to be at the Vegas Grand Prix. They will actually see some of the great open-wheel stars driving as well,” explained HGP spokesman James King. “We have a great variety of cars and they are a treasured asset that will transport some fans back to an early memory of a hillside at Watkins Glen, the streets of Long Beach or Las Vegas in 1981.”