News & Multimedia

McWilliams Returns For Repeat Bid at IMS

The bike doesn’t know how old the rider is. Jeremy McWilliams doesn’t appear to know how old he is either.

One might peg motorcycle racing to be a playground for the young, looking at the dominant storyline of this weekend’s Red Bull Indianapolis GP. Marc Marquez, the defending MotoGP World Champion and last year’s winner at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, returns to the iconic track in the midst of a perfect season – at age 21.

Esteve Rabat, last year’s winner in Moto2, arrives to defend at age 25. Alex Rins, the defending champion at IMS in Moto3, is now all of 18 years old.

Compare all of them with McWilliams, who won last year in one of two AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series races staged alongside MotoGP.

He’s back for more, and he’s 50.

The native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, competed in Grand Prix racing from 1993 to 2007, with two poles and two podiums in MotoGP and one win in 250cc racing in 2001. So paddock veterans know what he’s capable of, like last year’s win in which McWilliams won a four-way battle to the flag by just 0.039 of a second on his Harley-Davidson XR1200.

Given the chance to ride with him again, sponsor Harley-Davidson of Bloomington, Ind., didn’t hesitate to hire McWilliams as a wildcard entrant.

“Having Jeremy ride for Bloomington H-D in 2013 for the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 races was such a pleasure and it’s great that our schedules have worked out so we can repeat this experience,” said Jeff Stevens, owner of Bloomington Harley-Davidson. “We came away with the win and that was amazing. To be able to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and have McWilliams ride for us is truly a fantastic opportunity.”

The specially modified Harley-Davidson XR1200s will stage two 10-lap races around the reconfigured 16-turn, 2.591-mile IMS road course.

Here are a few more notable riders to watch this weekend:


Steve Rapp: Was one of the four battling for the win in Race 1 last year that was won by McWilliams, he finished fourth and then second in Race 2. The 42-year-old Californian is fifth in this year’s AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson standings with one win.

Danny Eslick: The 28-year-old Oklahoman leads the points standings with one win and three seconds in five races.

Tyler O’Hara:
Second in points behind Eslick, the 27-year-old Californian finished second to McWilliams in Race 1 at IMS last year.

Shelina Moreda: Made history in 2011 as the first female to race a motorcycle at IMS; the 29-year-old Californian is 13th in points this season and looking for her first top-10 finish.
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
McWilliams Returns For Repeat Bid at IMS
 
McWilliams Returns For Repeat Bid at IMS
One might peg motorcycle racing to be a playground for the young, looking at the dominant storyline of this weekend’s Red Bull Indianapolis GP. Marc Marquez, the defending MotoGP World Champion and last year’s winner at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, returns to the iconic track in the midst of a perfect season – at age 21.
Read More
Related Media
Tony Kanaan
 
Past Champs Kanaan, Dixon Not to be Overlooked From the Middle of the Grid
Although his No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet qualified 18th for Sunday’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, Kanaan finished Monday’s final extended practice No. 2 on the speed chart.
Read More
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award
 
Five Drivers to Battle for Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award
After the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil this Sunday, one driver from a field of five “500” newcomers will become the 63rd winner of the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award, along with its new trophy and $50,000 prize.
Read More
PennGrade Motor Oil
 
From 'Sneaking In' to a Seat in the Pagoda, PennGrade's Miller Takes Emotional Journey to 100th Running
In the early morning hours of May 30, 1969, a father and his 15-year-old daughter drove through a north Indianapolis Motor Speedway gate and parked a 1966 blue Ford Falcon in the dark.
Read More
101st Running of the Indy 500 Logo
 
New Indy 500 Logo and 'Race to Renew' Campaign to Set Pace for Exciting 2017
The buildup for the 101st Running starts with “Race to Renew.” Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, May 30, fans will have 500 hours to purchase their tickets for the 2017 Indy 500. Those who do so will be able to lock in their current seats at the most recent price or be first in line for upgrades.
Read More
Panasonic Pagoda
 
Historic Sellout Marks 100th Running of the Indy 500 Local TV Delay Suspended for 2016
Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced the first sellout in the history of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race today. All suites, reserved seating and infield General Admission tickets for the 100th Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil are sold out.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 2,225
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
A special message from IMS president @jdouglas4 for fans before you head to The Speedway before the 100th #Indy500 https://t.co/iqddyCct9f
about 5 hours ago