INDIANAPOLIS – Veteran open-wheel and stock car racer Jimmy Kite will race the full, four-race season of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Ass’n Vintage Race of Champions Charity Pro-Am Series this year.
Kite will contest the VROC rounds at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta (March 26-27), the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational (June 17-21) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Heacock Classic Gold Cup at Virginia Int’l Raceway (Sept. 24-27) and the season-ending U.S. Vintage National Championships at Circuit of the Americas (Nov. 5-8) in Austin, Texas. Details of the car the five-time Indianapolis 500 starter and 1997 USAC Silver Crown Copper World Classic winner will be driving will be announced at a later date.
No stranger to SVRA competition, Kite drove in his first vintage event at Indianapolis in 2015. He has competed in at least one round every season since. In 2018, Indy’s fastest rookie qualifier in 1998 won the A Production class with Gary Klutt in the Brickyard Invitational at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In addition to his stints in the cockpit of vintage machines, Kite is an instructor for the Dodge/SRT Thrill Rides program and pace car driver for the Ferrari Challenge series in North America.
“It’s an honor that Tony [Parella] and everybody at SVRA are letting me be a part of the four race VROC series,” Kite said. “Not only am I excited to know I’ll be running Indy again this year but to get the invite to run the full VROC schedule has me ready to jump in a car tomorrow. To see Atlanta and Indy are the first two races on the schedule… that’s a dream for me. Then VIR and COTA; both are beautiful tracks that will be fun to drive. I am looking forward to racing these fun cars at some of the best road courses in the country. The competition is going to be intense. I can’t wait.”