Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Desert Diamond Phoenix Grand Prix 
will have lots of open-wheel racing on tap

The New Phoenix Raceway will host the “Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix” for the cars and stars of the INDYCAR series on April the 28th and 29th which will be the series' last oval race before Indianapolis. Friday night will see the Beach Whiskey Outback Steakhouse Qualifying with honorary starter Good Morning Arizona anchor Scott Pasmore  to set the field for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix under the lights on April 29.

This jam-packed race weekend will also include an exciting line-up of support events. In addition to the Classic Racing Times’ “Phoenix Vintage Desert Classic,” the two-day event will also present the United States Auto (USAC) Silver Crown Champ Car Series’ 100-lap “Phoenix Copper Classic” on Saturday afternoon before the INDYCAR race. The USAC National .25 midgets will be also be in action on both Friday and Saturday.  

Gary Mondshein’s Classic Racing Times “Phoenix Vintage Desert Classic” boasts an impressive list of pre-entered cars which will be on track that includes the Kevin Cogan-driven Dubonnet-sponsored Pontiac powered 1984AAR Eagle that finished 20th in the 1984 Indianapolis 500, the 1935 Pirrung Special 220-cubic inch Offenhauser powered two-man car, the 1979 Alex Morales Lightning chassis powered by the Drake V-8 engine, Dr. Robert Dicks’ “Ole Calhoun” tribute car and many more vintage sprint cars, supermodifieds and championship cars.
The roster of scheduled special guests for the “Phoenix Vintage Classic” features Tom Sneva, Dick Simon, Lyn St. James, Arie Lyuendyk, Derek Daly, and Dennis Firestone just to name a few.  The Vintage cars are scheduled for four on-track sessions with a special parade lap session prior to the start of the 250-lap Desert Diamond Phoenix Grand Prix for the cars and stars of the INDYCAR series.

The USAC Silver Crown series will make its first 2017 pavement appearance with headliners 14-time Indianapolis 500 starter Davey Hamilton and his son, the rising star and 2016 King of the Wing Sprint Series champion Davey Hamilton Junior, two-time USAC Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson. The Saturday April 29 afternoon “Phoenix Copper Classic” 100-lap race will mark the Silver Crown’s first time to race on the Phoenix one-mile track since 2009.

Please keep checking back at Triplett’s Eye on Cars at http://triplettseyeoncars.blogspot.com for continuing updates as the Desert Diamond Phoenix Grand Prix weekend draws near.

Color vintage race car photographs courtesy of the Classic Racing Times, black & white photographs courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Silver Crown logo courtesy of USAC   

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