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Vintage Indy Returns to Road America as Part of the INDYCAR REV Group Grand Prix Presented by AMR Weekend June 17-20

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis., February 9, 2021 – Road America is proud to announce that Vintage Indy™ will return to the event line-up for the REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR weekend, June 17-20. Fans are welcome to the 4-day event weekend and are encouraged to follow safe practices, such as social distancing or wearing a cloth face-covering where social distancing is difficult to maintain. 
During the event, several historic open-wheel race cars will traverse the 4.048-mile road course in multiple sessions demonstrating the cars on-track, sandwiched between breaks where spectators can visit a designated paddock area to see the machines up close and personal. All on track appearances will again be paced by the Johnny Lightning Special inspired Miles Ahead™ MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop, driven by two-time Indianapolis 500 Winner Al Unser Jr.
For those unaware, Vintage Indy™ dedicates itself to the history and preservation of “Indianapolis Championship Cars” created between 1911 and 1997.

Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:

  • Online: Visit www.roadamerica.com Tickets are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Print your tickets to save time and enjoy a contactless experience at the gates. 
  • Phone: Call 800-365-RACE or 920-892-4576 between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday.
  • In-Person: Visit the Road America Ticket Office at the Road America Administration Building off of State Highway 67 (Gate 6) between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday.

Gates open at 7 a.m. and races run rain or shine. For more information, call 800-365-RACE (7223) or visit www.roadamerica.com
Anyone 16-years-old and under are always FREE with a paying adult at the gate. 
All active-duty first responders will receive FREE entry to the REV Group Grand Prix presented by American Medical Response weekend. First responders, including law enforcement, fire, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians, will be admitted free of charge by showing valid identification indicating active service in the form of a department-issued ID, badge, copies of certifications or an active roster copy from their department on department letterhead. FREE admission must be redeemed at the gate and is only valid during the event weekend. 
Additional protocols and guidelines for guests planning to attend can be found at www.roadamerica.com/safety

United States Air Force 25th Flying Training Squadron, 71st Flying Training Wing to Perform Military Flyover for the NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix

United States Air Force 25th Flying Training Squadron, 71st Flying Training Wing to Perform Military Flyover for the NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix Presented by American Medical Response on Sunday, June 23      Photo Credit – Vance AFB ELKHART LAKE, Wis., June 12, 2019  – Road America proudly welcomes the 25th Flying Training…

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ROAD AMERICA NAMES HENRY REPEATING ARMS AS NEW LANDMARK SPONSOR

ELKHART LAKE, Wis., JUNE 12, 2019 – Road America and Henry Repeating Arms have reached an agreement that will make Henry Repeating Arms the new landmark sponsor of Road America’s Turn 10 Bridge. “We are thrilled to launch this new partnership and we are proud to be associated with a company as involved and committed to expanding…

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CHEVROLET DELIVERS 2019 CORVETTE PACE CARS IN ELKHART LAKE BLUE TO ROAD AMERICA

– Chevrolet Pays Tribute to One of America’s Greatest Road Courses –   ELKHART LAKE, Wis., May 14, 2019 – Chevrolet recently unveiled its 2019 Corvette in Elkhart Lake Blue and five of the new Corvettes will be featured as official pace cars for the 2019 season at America’s National Park of Speed. Road America took…

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REV GROUP NAMED TITLE SPONSOR FOR NTT INDYCAR SERIES EVENT AT ROAD AMERICA

ELKHART LAKE, Wis., January 16, 2019 – REV Group, Inc., a Milwaukee-based manufacturer of industry-leading specialty vehicle brands and provider of parts and services, has signed on to be the title sponsor of the June 20-23, NTT IndyCar Series event at Road America, the race on June 23 will be known as the REV Group Grand Prix and will be televised on NBC beginning at 11 a.m., central.
“REV is excited to be the title sponsor of the NTT IndyCar Series event at Road America,” said Tim Sullivan, President and CEO of REV Group, “Road America is one of North America’s premier road courses, and a proud part of our community. Motorsports is an effective platform for REV to connect with our customers and showcase the technology, engineering and quality we put into our vehicles. We are using the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America to pay tribute to first responders, sharing our appreciation for the dedicated people who use our vehicles each day to serve their communities.”
As part of REV’s entitlement of the NTT IndyCar REV Grand Group Prix weekend, June 20-23, REV will create a unique hospitality and race experience to salute first responders at the event. Additionally, vehicles from E-ONE, AEV, Wheeled Coach and Fleetwood RV and other REV brands will be prominently featured and on display allowing fans to get a close look at the REV specialty vehicles that equip first responders and enrich the RV lifestyle.
As the parent company of 30 specialty vehicle brands, REV connects and protects communities around the world with a lineup of vehicle brands that span the bus, emergency (fire and ambulance), recreation and specialty markets. REV’s lineup of brands features vehicles that help fight fires, transport patients to hospitals, shuttle travelers to airports and children to schools, and create memorable experiences for outdoor enthusiasts. More than 240,000 REV vehicles are in service today across America- a bumper-to-bumper feat that stretches from New York City to Dallas.
“REV Group is a great fit for Road America,” said George Bruggenthies, Road America’s Senior Consultant and former President and General Manager. “They have a unique cadre of brands that have been instrumental in moving America forward. From first responders to families, REV emanates American pride and American success through its diverse vehicle brands. We feel that REV will incorporate itself very well with Road America’s fan base while rewarding first responders through this entitlement. We are very excited to have them on board in such a prestigious capacity.”
The NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix weekend takes center stage at Road America June 20-23 where an international lineup of drivers will have their chance to battle it out for glory on one of the world’s most revered road courses. The first NTT IndyCar race at Road America took place in 1982, when Hector Rebaque was crowned as the winner. In 2000, Dario Franchitti set the track record with a lap of 1 minute, 39.866 seconds (145.924 mph) set in qualifying for the 2000 race. Legendary drivers Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi have each won three times at Road America, while Jacques Villeneuve and Paul Tracy were two-time winners on the high-speed course. Since the NTT IndyCar Series returned in 2016, Will Power, Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden have earned titles at the storied circuit.
Tickets are available and additional event details, ticket pricing, a tentative event schedule and camping information can be found at www.roadamerica.com or by calling 800-365-7223. Anyone 16-years-old and under are FREE with a paying adult at the gate. All races will run rain or shine.
About Road America: Established in 1955, Road America is located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The world’s best racers have competed at this legendary four-mile, 14-turn road circuit for over 60 years. The 640-acre, park-like grounds offer amazing viewing opportunities, fantastic concessions and high-speed excitement to hundreds of thousands of spectators each year. In addition to public race weekends, Road America offers a variety of group event programs, the CTECH Manufacturing Motorplex for karting and supermoto, and the Road America Motorcycle and Advanced Driving Schools. For more information, visit www.roadamerica.com Follow Road America on www.facebook.com/RoadAmerica and on Twitter: @roadamerica or call 800-365-7223.

ROAD AMERICA PROMOTES KERTSCHER TO PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER

 
 
 
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., January 8, 2019 – Road America today announced it has promoted Michael Kertscher to President and General Manager. Kertscher will replace current President and General Manager, George Bruggenthies, who will transition into a senior consulting position for Elkhart Lake’s Road America, Inc.
“I am honored and humbled to accept this new role and build upon the momentum this exceptional group of people have established,” Kertscher said. “Road America is a revered facility and through George’s leadership it has grown and evolved into the premiere road course in North America. Our staff has tremendous passion for enhancing the fan experience and we will continue fueling that passion while showcasing incredible events and experiences at America’s National Park of Speed.”
Kertscher, who joined Road America in 2007, began as Programs Manager overseeing the development of its group adventure programs, plus many successful motorcycle and driving school programs. Kertscher was promoted to Director of Business Development in 2014 and Vice President of Business Development in 2017, where he took on added responsibility by overseeing track rentals and hospitality functions while driving partnership development to support Road America’s core event management initiatives. Kertscher moved into a Senior Vice President role in 2018 overseeing all operations of the facility under the guidance and direction of Bruggenthies as part of the overall transition process.
“Mike has worked tirelessly to become one of the top professionals in our industry,” Bruggenthies said, “His contributions extend well beyond directing our programs and business development units. His vision, perspective and work ethic have allowed him to earn a senior leadership position as part of an overall leadership team that has us well positioned for the future.”
Bruggenthies has accepted a new position as Senior Consultant, taking a leadership role in sponsorship relations and facility development at Elkhart Lake’s Road America Inc. Bruggenthies has been with Elkhart Lake’s Road America Inc., for more than 20 years both as a leader and vintage competitor. Under his stewardship the track has seen massive infrastructure improvements, with many new buildings, features, and track and safety improvements. The track’s profits are consistently reinvested, and every year fans can see many visible major improvements. As such, the track continues to prosper as America’s National Park of Speed.
Road America season passes and 2019 event tickets are now available. Reservations are also being accepted for Road America’s new on site cabins allowing fans to stay and play at America’s National Park of Speed. To purchase season passes, tickets, reserve cabins or learn more about upcoming events at Road America, please visit Road America online at www.roadamerica.com or call 800-365-RACE (7223).
About Road America: Established in 1955, Road America is located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The world’s best racers have competed at this legendary four-mile, 14-turn road circuit for over 60 years. The 640-acre, park-like grounds offer amazing viewing opportunities, fantastic concessions and high-speed excitement to hundreds of thousands of spectators each year. In addition to public race weekends, Road America offers a variety of group event programs, the CTECH Manufacturing Motorplex for karting and supermoto, and the Road America Motorcycle and Advanced Driving Schools. For more information, visit www.roadamerica.com Follow Road America on www.facebook.com/RoadAmerica and on Twitter: @roadamerica or call 800-365-7223.

INDYCAR AND ROAD AMERICA ANNOUNCE THREE-YEAR RACE EXTENSION

ELKHART LAKE, Wis., June 24, 2018 – INDYCAR and Road America have agreed to a three-year extension for the Verizon IndyCar Series to continue racing at the historic permanent road course in east central Wisconsin.

George Bruggenthies, Road America president and general manager, made the announcement prior to Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix, which was the 28th Indy car race on the circuit dating to the first event in 1982.

INDYCAR, which returned to Road America in 2016 following a nine-year hiatus, will continue to stage its event through at least 2021. The 2019 race weekend is scheduled for June 21-23.

“Ask any driver, from nearly every discipline, especially open-wheel, and they love this place,” Bruggenthies said. “The track is designed to make full use of the natural terrain, with elevation changes and undulating turns that allow for intense speeds that test driver skill to the maximum. Combine that with our park-like atmosphere, open seating and great spectator locations and it all equates to IndyCar Series racing at its best.

“We are very pleased to continue this relationship with INDYCAR and we look forward to many more incredible events at America’s National Park of Speed.”

The agreement continues the heritage of Indy cars competing at the track listed by most INDYCAR drivers as among their favorites on the schedule. The list of past winners at Road America contains many of the all-time champions in the sport. Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi and Michael Andretti collected three race wins each. Other Indy car champions with Road America victories include Danny Sullivan, Paul Tracy, Jacques Villeneuve, Alex Zanardi, Dario Franchitti, Cristiano da Matta, Sebastien Bourdais, Will Power and Scott Dixon – with Josef Newgarden adding his name to the list on Sunday.

“Road America represents everything good about INDYCAR racing, from the on-track action to the viewing opportunities to the fans and staff here,” said Mark Miles, president and CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“We welcome the chance to race here for years to come.”

The complete 2019 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule will be announced at a later date.

ROAD AMERICA WILL BE A HOTBED OF ACTIVITY IN 2018

  – Season Passes Are On Sale Now With Event Tickets Available October 9 –     ELKHART LAKE, Wis., September 12, 2017 – Road America President and General Manager, George Bruggenthies, announced Road America’s 2018 season schedule today. The four-mile, 14-turn road course will host nine racing weekends throughout the 2018 season, with a number of weekends encompassing several…

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ROSSI, HUNTER-REAY, ANDRETTI, HINCHCLIFFE AND JONES TO PARTICIPATE IN VERIZON INDYCAR TEST SESSION  ON JUNE 14

– Public Admission is $10 or FREE with proof of advance ticket purchase to the Verizon IndyCar Series Kohler Grand Prix scheduled for June 25 –    Credit: Randy Erdman   ELKHART LAKE, Wis., June 13, 2017  – Preparations for Verizon IndyCar Kohler Grand Prix will begin in earnest during a Verizon IndyCar Series Test Session on the…

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ROAD AMERICA OFFERS SPECIAL KOHLER GRAND PRIX VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES WEEKEND TICKET

(Photo Courtesy of IndyCar)

(Photo Courtesy of IndyCar)

ELKHART LAKE, Wis., October 3, 2016 – Building on the success of this year’s Verizon IndyCar Series KOHLER Grand Prix, officials from Road America and announced today a special 4-day ticket package available until December 31 for $120 that includes garage access, free parking, a pace car ride sweepstakes and a special collectable can koolie. The KOHLER Grand Prix returns to Road America on June 25, 2017.
The fast and flowing 4-mile natural road course at Road America is one of the most exciting and challenging tracks on the 2017 Verizion IndyCar Series calendar and is expected to draw huge crowds for a weekend full of on track action. In addition to the Verizon IndyCar Series KOHLER Grand Prix headlining the weekend, the following series’ will be in competition June 22-25: Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and the Pirelli World Challenge.
“The response from fans during the 2016 KOHLER Grand Prix was tremendous and as part of showing our appreciation to them, we are offering a special 4-day ticket package until December 31st that includes garage access, free parking, a pace car ride sweepstakes, and a special gift,” said George Bruggenthies, president and general manager of Road America. “This is great value and a limited time offer so go to www.roadamerica.com or call 800-365-7223 today.”
Tickets for the full 2017 Road America season are available online now or during the events at the gate. Campsites will be available for selection on October 17th. Additional information is available at www.roadamerica.com or by calling 800-365-RACE (7223). All races run rain or shine and anyone 16-years-old and under are free with a paying adult at the gate.
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