Dan Wheldon leads Indy 500 celebrations at Goodwood
The 2011 winner Dan Wheldon will be one of the Indy 500 greats commemorating the centenary of the race at this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed.
As with the Indy 500 grid, 33 Indy cars will be lined-up on the Goodwood hillclimb to reflect the number that traditionally start the 500-mile race. More than 40 Indy cars in all will be displayed together in the Festival's Formula One Paddock to create Goodwood's very own 'Gasoline Alley'.
Most of the cars will be appearing in the UK for the very first time, as will many of the famous Indianapolis drivers that are joining Wheldon, such as three-time champion Helio Castroneves, Indy legends Bobby Unser and Al Unser Junior., Bobby Rahal, driving his 1986 Indy 500-winning March 86C, plus Gil de Ferran in his 2003 Indy-winning Penske and Dario Franchitti, driving the Lotus 38 that Jim Clark drove to second place in the 1966 race.
And to make the drivers feel even more at home, genuine 1911 Indy bricks have been laid at the startline of the Festival hillclimb. The bricks are significant as 3.2 million of them made up the Indiana track's surface, ultimately leading to the 'Brick Yard' nickname. These authentic Indy 500 bricks at Goodwood will now become a permanent feature at Goodwood.