News & Updates

January 15, 2019:   The Classic Racing Times' annual "Racers' Luncheon," originally scheduled for February 6, 2019, has been cancelled.  Unforeseen scheduling conflicts have made this necessary, and we apologize for any inconvenience.  As everyone knows, sometimes life gets in the way!

June 28, 2018:   Bobby Rahal, a three-time Indy Car champion and winner of the 1986 Indianapolis 500, will be among the featured guests at the 2018 Vintage Celebration at Pocono August 17-18-19.

Rahal, who today is co-owner of the Rahal Letterman Lanigan racing team along with TV personality David Letterman and industrialist Michael Lanigan, will be greeting fans during the Classic Racing Times’ “Autograph Alley” on Saturday, August 18, alongside others including Super Bowl winning coach Dick Vermeil, and Hall of Fame Indycar mechanic Jim McGee.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan fields two cars in the Verizon Indycar Series with Rahal’s son, Graham, and 2017 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato as the drivers. Busy all weekend with his race team, Rahal will be mingling with vintage teams and fans in the vintage garage area as his schedule permits.

Among Bobby Rahal’s 24 Indycar victories is the 1988 Quaker State 500 at Pocono, so the 2018 Vintage Celebration at Pocono will highlight the 30th anniversary of Rahal delivering the only victory for the Judd Indycar engine.

Additional information regarding the 2018 Vintage Celebration at Pocono can be found by clicking the "Pocono 2018" button at left.

June 20, 2018:   The Vintage Indycar program of the Classic Racing Times is coming to Iowa Speedway in 2019, with an introductory demonstration this July in conjunction with the Verizon Indycar Series Iowa Corn 300, according to an announcement by Classic Racing Times CEO Gary Mondschein.

By agreement with Iowa Speedway President David Hyatt, Mondschein has announced that a full on-track program for the Vintage Indycars, Champ Cars, Sprint Cars, Supermodifieds and other vintage open-wheel classes will be on the Iowa schedule for 2019, the exact date pending confirmation of the 2019 Indycar Series schedule.

In preparation for the event, Hyatt and Mondschein have contracted for an introductory demonstration during the upcoming July 7-8 weekend for the Verizon Indycar Series, with a representative sampling of vintage cars to be on hand to take laps on the track and be available for viewing by the fans.

“The 2019 event will be patterned after our successful events at ISM Raceway in Phoenix,” Mondschein said, “and will make the sights and sounds of racing’s history available to an entirely new audience at Iowa.” In addition to the established Phoenix event, the Classic Racing Times’ signature event is the Vintage Celebration at Pocono, coming up on the weekend of August 17-18-19.

Located in Newton, Iowa, 30 miles east of Des Moines, Iowa Speedway is a unique 7/8-mile oval that, in addition the being host to the Verizon Indycar Series each year, presents races by the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, and the ARCA Racing Series. 

June 15, 2018:   Dick Vermeil, who led the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl and who won Super Bowl XXXIV with the St. Louis Rams, will be participating in the 2018 Vintage Celebration at Pocono, presented by the Classic Racing Times August 17-18-19 in conjunction with the Verizon Indycar Series’ ABC Supply 500.

While Vermeil is a highly-respected former NFL head coach he has deep roots in racing. He is a native of California’s Napa Valley and his father, Louie Vermeil, fielded cars extensively in the region and is remembered each year with the Louie Vermeil Classic at Calistoga Speedway. The elder Vermeil is held in such high regard that today the Calistoga Speedway logo includes the tagline, “Home of Louie Vermeil.”

Coach Vermeil owns and has restored two of his father’s dirt-track race cars, one of which was built in 1926 by Al Bignotti, brother of George, and which he has exhibited at the Louie Vermeil Classic and entered in vintage events such as the Hershey Hill Climb. Vermeil performed most of the restoration work himself, farming out only such things as plating the brightwork. It is this car, jet black in color and numbered 7, and powered by a Model “A” Ford engine with a Miller Schofield overhead valve cylinder head, that Vermeil will be bringing to Pocono.

At Pocono Dick Vermeil will join owners of upwards of four dozen vintage race cars, including, for the first time this year, historic stock cars which will get their own on-track sessions as do the Indy cars, Champ cars, and Sprint cars. Other guests scheduled to be on hand as part of the event include Modified and NASCAR great Geoff Bodine and Hall of Fame Indycar mechanic Jim McGee.

The 2018 Vintage Celebration at Pocono will also include events on 1/5-mile oval laid out on the massive front straightaway of the 2.5-mile “Tricky Triangle,” with exhibition laps for vintage Midgets plus wheel-to-wheel racing for modern and vintage TQ Midgets, Slingshots, Microstocks and Champ Karts.

June 13, 2018:   Drew Fornoro, inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame earlier this year, has been named as the Grand Marshal for the 1/5-mile oval track events being presented by the Classic Racing Times as part of the 2018 Vintage Celebration at Pocono August 17-18-19, in conjunction with the Verizon Indycar Series’ ABC Supply 500.

A nine-time NEMA Midget champion and topping the NEMA all-time win list with 85 victories, at Pocono Drew will not only oversee the racing action Friday and Saturday evenings on the 1/5-mile oval set up at the pit exit end of the main straightaway of the Pocono “Tricky Triangle,” he will also participate in the Classic Racing Times’ “autograph alley” alongside other greats from Indycar, NASCAR, and regional racing.

In 2013 Drew joined his late father, Nick Fornoro, Sr., in the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame, and in January he was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame, where he also joins his father. The Senior Fornoro was himself a Midget racing champion and afterward the Chief Starter for the CART Champ Car series.

In addition to his impressive win list in the NEMA Midgets, Drew has 20 victories to his credit in the ARDC Midgets, as well as three in the USAC National Midget series.

A New Jersey native, Drew began his racing career in TQ Midgets at New Jersey’s Pine Brook Speedway, where he continued to race even as he was amassing his impressive career stats elsewhere. His wife, Anne, is the daughter of Midget racing great Russ Klar, and has since 1985 she has been the media representative for A.J. Foyt Racing. Drew is the older brother of Nick “Nokie” Fornoro, who, as a prolific winner in ARDC, NEMA, and USAC Midget racing, is himself likely a future inductee in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

The events on the Pocono 1/5-mile will include exhibition laps for vintage Midgets, as well as wheel-to-wheel racing for modern and vintage TQ Midgets, Slingshots, Microstocks and Champ Karts. Following a successful first event in 2017, enhancements are being made for this year, including lighting for racing beyond dusk.

June 6, 2018:   The Classic Racing Times along with Pocono Raceway and the Monroe Career & Technical Institute have developed a new program titled “CRT Vintage Racing Fantasy Camp,” offering both students and adults an exciting hands-on opportunity to be a part of the 2018 “Vintage Celebration at Pocono Raceway” this August.

Upwards of 100 students and faculty from MCTI have expressed interest in the program which will also be available to the general public. Each program participant will be able to join a vintage racing team or shadow a CRT official during the weekend of the ABC Supply 500 Verizon Indycar Series event at Pocono August 17-18-19.

Participants will attend a trackside safety meeting along with an educational tour of the vintage paddock area were they will be able to select the team they wish to join. Each program participant will each receive a pit paddock pass, an official CRT cap and event tee shirt, the opportunity to meet both vintage and current Indycar drivers, a commemorative dash plaque and decal, a CRT Vintage Camp group photo, a certificate of completion as an official team member and.

MCTI’s Machine Trades instructor Jim Granahan has been instrumental in the development of the program. “The kids have real interest in this,” Granahan said. “They really like the idea of getting out in the world and seeing how their individual trades training really matters. We have interest from not only my kids in machining, but from auto shop, body shop, electronics right on down the list. This will be a great experience for everyone involved, including the faculty!”

Pocono Raceway CEO Nick Igdalsky is also excited about the program. “Anything we can do to get kids involved in racing is a plus for the whole sport. We support education and welcome this to our event.”

Classic Racing Times founder Gary Mondschein noted that “long-term successes starts with actions taken today. The CRT Vintage Racing Fantasy Camp is part of our continuing effort to educate today’s youth on the history of technological gains through auto racing.”

May 9, 2018:   We have added an "Online Store" page to this web site!  It's just a beginning, because we wil be adding the complete array of e-commerce features (product selection, online ordering, credit card processing) in the coming weeks.  Right now you can take a look at our first offering, stylish and cool Classic Racing Times shirts!  Check 'em out by clicking  here!

May 3, 2018:   Registration is now OPEN for the 2018 Vintage Celebration at Pocono!  Click on the "Pocono 2018" link at left to be taken to the Pocono landing page, where you can sign up to participate with your vintage Indycar, Champ Car, Sprint Car, or oval-track Stock Car, as well for the special events taking place on our 1/5-mile oval on the big Pocono track! 

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