Formula Vee series celebrates its 50th birthday at the Daytona Speedway.
For its 50th anniversary, the Formula Vee series is returning to its birthplace: the big revival at the 24 Hours of Daytona (24 till 27 January 2013) will see the former greats of Formula Vee reunited. A number of motor sport icons who took their first career steps in Formula Vee racing will be gracing the revival in Daytona with their presence. Among these will be there: Michael Andretti, Hurley Haywood, Markku Alén, Hans-Joachim "Strietzel" Stuck and others.
Birthday party at Daytona
with legends of motor racing.
With a lap of honour just before the start of the famous 24 Hours of Daytona, Volkswagen celebrated 50 years of Formula Vee with a parade of the finest cars from the series. Former Formula Vee drivers that went on to become world stars in motor sport were also there. Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, US star Michael Andretti, Daytona champion Didier Theys, Le Mans winner Hurley Haywood, the former DTM greats Hans-Joachim Stuck, Leopold Prinz von Bayern, Klaus Niedzwiedz and Dieter Quester, rally icons Markku Alén and Formula Super Vee 1976 European champion Mika Arpiainen all graced the 5.729-kilometre-long International Speedway circuit with their presence. One of the engineers of the early years, Kurt Bergmann, and the very first Formula Vee car, the ‘Nardi’, owned by the founding family of Hubert Brundage, gave the event added appeal. This car was driven at the revival by the two-time Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk.
"That was a highly emotional experience, celebrating the beginnings of Volkswagen Motorsport against such an impressive backdrop and together with such great names from the world of racing", said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito.
The invited former Formula Vee stars were delighted as well. Hans Joachim "Strieztel" Stuck: "A magnificent feeling! I am an emotional kind of guy and I was really looking forward to this lap here in Daytona. To sit in a Formula Vee car again after more than 40 years and then to drive around these high banks was fantastic."
Michael Andretti: "Seeing the Formula Vee cars brings back wonderful and funny memories. The time I spent at Conte Racing with Super Vee was an important springboard for my later career. "
Dieter Quester felt like "being transported back 30 or 40 years in a time machine". Quester: "It’s a great feeling! For me, it was the first time in a Formula Vee car since 1969 and it was a great deal of fun, just like it was back then. I would have loved to have driven an extra few laps – and of course driven a little faster!"