Bradford, VT — Usually, New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame member Denny Zimmerman likes nothing better than spending quality time behind the wheel of one of Skip Matczak’s Midgets, slinging dirt down the straightaways and power sliding through the turns. But Zimmerman isn’t scheduled to race when the USAC Dirt Midget Association debuts at Bear Ridge Speedway on Saturday May 28; instead he plans to be in Indianapolis as an honored guest at the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500.
Every living driver who ever competed in the Indy 500 has been invited to attend a series of celebrations, including what’s being billed as the world’s largest autograph party. In 1971, Zimmerman finished eighth and was named Rookie of the Year, so he’ll have special status at the anniversary celebrations and has been invited to give a speech.
Car owner Matczak, a Hall of Famer himself, is tight lipped about who’ll be taking Zimmerman’s place behind the wheel. “Let’s just say it will be somebody very interesting and the fans will be happy,” Matczak said with a smile.