Vintage Racing Returns to Thompson Speedway

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Last year not only kicked off the first season at the recently renovated Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, but it brought a great three-day vintage racing event to the track, as well. Thompson today announced that it will be hosting its second annual Vintage Motorsports Festival June 19 to 21, and a practice day on June 18, again co-sanctioned by the Vintage Racer Group (VRG) and the Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSSCA)

“Our inaugural Vintage Motorsports Festival was a rousing success,” said Josh Vanada, General Manager of TSMP. “Showcasing cars from each of the periods that our road course has operated, it is a fantastic event which embodies our rich 75 year history.  We are looking forward to working together with two of the finest vintage automobile groups in the country – VSCCA and VRG – for an even bigger and better event in 2015.”

The first Vintage Motorsports Festival debuted in June of 2014, and featured more than 220 vintage race cars.

“We in the VSCCA had a great turnout this year particularly in the pre-war group,” said Mike Virr, VSCCA Event Chair. “Judging by the positive remarks I kept getting, even months afterwards, everyone enjoyed both the racing and the facilities.  We look forward to an even bigger entry in 2015 and great racing.”

Gaston Andrey pilots the number 25 Maserati Tipo 61 "Birdcage" at Thompson Raceway circa 1961.
The festival celebrates the history of Thompson’s 1.7 mile road course as the oldest closed circuit road course in the United States, since it originally opened in 1952.

All four days of the event will be open to spectators.

“The Vintage Racer Group (VRG) is proud to co-sanction the 2nd Annual Vintage Motorsports Festival (VMF) at TSMP – one of the most historic motorsports venues in the nation,” said Paul King, VRG co-chair of the event. “The 2014 inaugural event was a huge success, with over 220 cars on track for 3 days of great racing.  If you missed it this year, you will most certainly want to include the VMF in your racing calendar for 2015!”

Craig Fitzgerald

Craig Fitzgerald

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