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– The Cars Were the Stars as The HAWK with Brian Redman Vintage Event Concludes at Road America –

Dorsey Schroeder was reunited with his Raybestos Trans-Am Mustang at this year’s event – Photo Mike McGiill

ELKHART LAKE, Wis., July 20, 2014 – The HAWK vintage event with Brian Redman concluded today at Road America after three days of fabulous vintage racing action, exhibitions, concours awards and activities for fans. The event has been heralded as one of the largest vintage racing events in the country, and according to famed driver and honorary guest, Dorsey Schroeder, it is “one of the most amazing events of its kind in the world.”

Granted, that is a substantial claim coming from a man who made his mark in Trans-Am competition many moons ago. Schroeder, 61, won the Trans-Am title in 1989 and was an integral part of the series in its final years of relevance. He was reunited with his winning Trans-Am Mustang at this year’s event to pay tribute to the featured marque in celebration of the Mustang’s 50th anniversary while rekindling old memories for both him and competitors. “I think I won 10 Trans-Am races in this car, so it’s pretty cool,” said the champion-turned-broadcaster. “This weekend is the perfect combination of a revered circuit, a gorgeous backdrop with the village of Elkhart Lake for the Friday and Saturday Nationwide Insurance Concourse d’Elegance, the beautiful mid-summer Wisconsin weather and a huge amount of cars.”

As Schroeder stated, the cars, mostly driven by gentlemen drivers who are undeniably passionate about their sport – were the main attraction. Of 420 entrants, several were Mustangs. And unlike other events where spectators might be separated from stars who take the stage, crowds of car lovers milled through the paddock area, telling stories with owners and drivers and swapping insight with other enthusiasts. In all, another fabulous weekend of vintage racing is in the books at Road America and the results for the Sunday races are as follows:

Group 2 – Vintage Production Cars, Sedans, Select Sports Racers (Through 1972)
Norbert Bries, Lake Bluff, Ill., ’70 Lotus
Brian Davis, Mequon, Wis., ’61 Elvira Courier
Denny Wilson, Washington, Mo., ’62 Lotus

Group 8 – Historic Medium Displacement Production Cars & Sedans
George Biskup, Scottsdale, Ariz., Ford Mustang
Frank Beck, Scottsdale, Ariz., ’72 Porsche 914
Todd Treffert, Sarasota, Fla., ’73 Porsche 911

Group 5 – Historic Formula / Sports Racing, F 70, F 5000, FIA Prototypes, post 1974 Can-Am
Jeff Miller, Elkhart Lake, Wis., ’77 Lola
Alexander MacAllister, Indianapolis, ’71 Chevron
Joe Hish, Hodgkins, Ill., ’75 Chevron

Group 12 – Pre-War
August Grasis, Weatherby Lake, N.C., ’53 Allard
Rex Barrett, Roselle, Ill., ’33 Ford Indy Special
Marvin Primack, Wilmette, Ill., ’49 Lester MG

Group 1 – Historic Can-Am
Chris MacAllister, Indianapolis, ’71 McLaren
Toby Bean, Lafayette, La., ’69 Lola
Rick Knoop, Laguna Beach, Calif., ’72 McLaren

Group 7 – 50th Anniversary of Ford Mustang Feature Race
Cliff Ebben, Appleton, Wis., ’10 Ford Mustang
Colin Comer, Milwaukee, Wis., ’95 Ford Mustang
Denny Lamers, Appleton, Wis., ’10 Ford Mustang

Group 11 – Masters Historic Grand Prix
Doc Bundy, Austin, Texas, ’78 Lotus
Chris Locke, San Anselmo, Calif., ’76 Lotus
Robert Blain, Janesville, Wisc., ’75 March

Group 10 – Modern GT, Trans-Am, Production Cars (1973 through present)
Randy Rupp, Eden Wisc., ’94 Ford Mustang
Richard Howe, Rutland Vt., ’89 Ford Mustang
Rick Pfrang, Menasha, Wisc., ’90 Chevrolet Camaro

Formula 5000
Tom Malloy, Corona, Calif., ’75 AAR Eagle
Mark Harmer, Bloomfield, Mich., ’69 DS5
Stewart Lush, Auckland, New Zealand, ’73 MCRAE GM-1

Group 3 – Vintage Sports Racing Cars (through 1960) Production cars (through 1964) on approved tires
Bryon DeFoor, Ooltewah, Tenn., ’70 Lola
John Weinberger, Naperville, Ill., ’65 Lotus
Joe Hish, Hodqkins, Ill., ’69 Chevron

Group 6 – Big-Bore Production Cars / Sedans (through 1975) on approved tires
Jody O’Donnell, Carrollton, Texas, ’69 Chevrolet Corvette
Chris Hines, Scottsdale, Ariz., ’65 Chevrolet Corvette
Mike Donohue, Norman, Okla., ’63 Chevrolet Corvette

Group 4 – Classic Monoposto Formula Cars through 1972 with treaded tires
Richard Balsey, Naples, Fla., ’69 Brabam
Bruce Hamilton, Monkton, Md., ’70
Jeffress Hailand, Clayton, Mo., ’71 Lotus

Group 9 – Modern Formula One, Indy Cars, WSP/GTP/LMP
Brian French, Sheboygan, Wis., ’97 Benetton
Henk de Boer, Torrance, Calif., ’07 Panoz
Theo Bean, Lafayette, La., ’90 Intrepid-Chevy GTP

About Road America: Established in 1955 as the first permanent road racing course in the United States, 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 55 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 Blain’s Farm & Fleet Motorplex for karting and supermoto, and the Road America Motorcycle and Advanced Driving Schools. For more information, visit Follow Road America on and on Twitter: @roadamerica or call 800-365-7223.