By Will Silk
The F5000 Drivers Association announced their 2011 race schedule that sees the organization gather at five historic venues across North America. Seb Coppola, President of the F5000 Driver’s Association, stated, “I am thrilled to be able to announce another season of superb racing events at great race tracks in the U.S. and Canada. Formula 5000 cars have competed at most of these historic race tracks since the late 1960s, sharing a common heritage.”
The 2011 season will see the F5000 gang travel to Canada’s Circuit Mont-Tremblant for the first time since the group began running revival events in 2008, and return the joyous sounds of open wheeled American V-8 thunder to the most iconic of Canadian race tracks. Coppola adds, “Racing fans enjoy the sight and sound of Formula 5000 cars. As drivers, owners and participants, we are delighted to join with great event sponsors and race organizers to be able provide a great show for racing fans.”
The entire five race schedule can be seen below, and is sure to offer F5000 fans across North America a fantastic opportunity to see this amazing series in action.
F5000 Drivers Association Vintage Car Racing Schedule 2011
— June 9-12: Watkins Glen – SVRA
— July 7-10: Circuit Mt. Tremblant, Canada – HMP Bobby Rahal Legends of Motorsports
— July 14-17: Road America – Kohler International Challenge with Brian Redman
— September 23-25: Coronado Island Speed Festiva – HMSA
— September 30 – October 2: Infineon Raceway – CSRG Charity Challenge
For 2011, the F5000 revival series will visit Canada and the Coronado Island Speed Festival for the first time since the group emerged in 2008 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the formula. Watkins Glen and Road America have become staples on the F5000 Revival schedule, the tracks being loved by both the drivers and the fans for the steep history that they share with the formula, while the final date at Northern California’s Infineon Raceway is set to provide the season finale once again as it did in 2010.
Many readers will recall the incredible season finale at Infineon Raceway last year, in which Steve Davis in his 1969 Gurney Eagle Mk V was able to take first place in the Qualifying Race on Saturday, followed by a fine second place in Class A (pre-1972 cars) on Sunday to win the Revival Series Championship. With the stage set for 2011, and undoubtedly a few new comers to the grid this year, the action and intensity of F5000 racing that this series is known so well for will continue to be one of the finest racing spectacles to behold.
For more information, visit the F5000 Driver’s Association website at www.f5000registry.com/.
[Source: F5000 Drivers Association; photo credit: Autosports Marketing Associates, Ltd.]