· Blundell, Cheever, Johansson & Luyendyk to race in Bobby Rahal signature events
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Some of the most prominent names in motorsport, from the world of open-wheel and sports car racing, will compete in Legends of Motorsports events this year. Ex-Formula One Grand Prix drivers Mark Blundell (GB), Eddie Cheever (USA) and Stefan Johansson (SE) plus two-time Indianapolis 500 race winner Arie Luyendyk (NED) will contest selected Bobby Rahal signature events during the year.
United Autosports will provide a stunning “stable” of machinery for former 24 Hours of Le Mans race winners Blundell and Johansson plus Indy 500 race victors Cheever and Luyendyk. Blundell, Cheever and Johansson raced for the Anglo-American team in Europe last year, an association they and Luyendyk continue in the 24 Hours of Spa (BEL) alongside United Autosports Chairman & Co-Owner Zak Brown.
They will showcase their incredible talent and vast experience behind the wheel of such legendary racecars as the 1969 Lola T163 (Can Am), 1979 McLaren M28 (F1), 1992 Benetton B191 (F1), 1991 Penske PC20 (IndyCar) and the Porsche 962 among others in the three-event series staged at the Barber Motorsports Park (USA) on May 20-22, Mont-Tremblant (Can) on July 8-10 and the Sebring Raceway (USA) on December 2-4.
United Autosports’ recently refurbished ex-Michael Schumacher 1992 Benetton B191
The ultra-experienced quartet having made their names in the uppermost echelons of racing boasting over 300 Formula One starts, six Indy 500 wins, five IndyCar Championships and numerous open-wheel and sports car victories, join three-time IndyCar Champion and Indianapolis 500 race winner Rahal and other “historic” racing participants at these venues along with Just Marketing Inc.’s Founder & CEO, Zak Brown, who is co-owner of the Legends of Motorsports program with Rahal.
“The drivers joining us at the Legends of Motorsports events are some of the best drivers to have competed in open-wheel racing,” confirmed 1986 Indy 500 race winner Rahal. “The Legends of Motorsports events are the only place you will see drivers of this caliber go wheel-to-wheel racing in cars such as the Penske PC 20 IndyCar and the Benetton B191B Formula 1 car. It is going to be fantastic.”
A full calendar of events will await historic racing fans during the participating weekends including Legends Autograph Sessions, Fan Forums, free paddock access where fans can see these historic cars and racing legends up close and non-stop racing activity. Tickets and event information are available at www.legendsofmotorsports.com
Porsche 962 (IMSA)
About Legends of Motorsports
Legends of Motorsports is a premium race series owned by Historic Motorsports Productions LLC (‘HMP’). Specifically, Legends of Motorsports is an annual series of premium historic racing events and related lifestyle experiences staged at historic North American venues. Based in Zionsville, Indiana, HMP’s principal owners are racers and businessmen Bobby Rahal, Peter Stoneberg and Zak Brown. Additional equity investors in HMP include Spire Capital Partners and Just Marketing International, which provides comprehensive strategy, marketing, public relations, and event logistics services to the venue.
Created in 2009, United Autosports is co-owned by American Zak Brown and Briton Richard Dean, both successful entrepreneurs and international race car drivers. The unique Anglo-American racing team fields GT3 class Audi R8 LMS sports cars from its United Kingdom headquarters in Leeds. It also races a fleet of “Legends of Motorsports” historic racing cars from its US facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2011, the team competes in full-seasons of FIA GT3 European Championship, Avon Tyres British GT Championship and the “Legends of Motorsports” series. It will additionally contest selected GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series events, the 24 Hours of Spa (Belgium) and Macau GT Cup race (China).
Legends of Motorsports Co-Owner Zak Brown (seated in ex-John Watson Formula One 1979 McLaren M28) with Stefan Johansson
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