Vintage stock cars were featured this past weekend at the WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman races at the Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
“This is a fantastic event,” said Redman, the former US Formula 5000 and IMSA Camel GT champion who has been a driver or event grand marshal at the track since 1972. “Without question, Road America has turned into the finest road racing facility in North America.”
Although known for its sports car racing history, the 14-turn Road America course was the site of a race for NASCAR’s top series, then known as the Grand National, in August 1956. With the checkered flag flying as rain fell, Tim Flock won the race in a Mercury over a field that included Lee Petty, Junior Johnson, Buck Baker, Fireball Roberts and other stars of the era.
NASCAR’s Xfinity series has been racing at the track since 2010.
At the vintage races this past weekend, Gunnar Jeannette drove a Chevrolet Impala to victory ahead of Scott Holley’s Dodge Intrepid and Brad Dahmer’s Chevrolet Chevelle in the race for Historic Stock Cars.
In other categories, Peter Cunningham won the Historic/Post-Historic Production race in an Acura TSX and the Vintage Production race in a Honda Prelude Si.
Other winners included Geoff Brabham in a Brabham GT-35 in Classic Motosposto (Motorsports?), Brian French in a Benetton in Historic/Modern Formula, David Porter in a Peugeot 908 in Masters Endurance Legends, William Ockerlund in an AMC Javelin in Historic Trans Am and Gregory Thorton in a Lotus in Masters Formula One.
Also, Brian Garcia in a BMT Cheetah in Vintage GT/Sports/P Type/USRRC, Mark Brannon in an Elan DP02 in CanAm/GTP/Historic Sports Racer, Adam Rupp in a Ford Mustang in Modern GT/Prototype, Jimmy Mcglynn in a Porsche in Post Historic GT/Production, Todd Treffert in a Porsche 911 in Historic Big Bore Production, and Rex Barrett in a Ford Indy Special in PreWar/Early PostWar.