Vintage / Historic

SVRA - SVRA 2021 SCHEDULE GROWS DESPITE 2020 GLOBAL CHALLENGES

 SVRA Surges Forward with Record Number of Race Weekends

Southlake, TX (October 19, 2020) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced a 17-race schedule for 2021, affirming its resilience in the face of the pandemic-produced global business challenges. SVRA’s vintage racing, contemporary sports cars, and other features present the most diverse and exciting array of race car design and engine sounds in the world and continues to generate growth in sponsorship and membership. 

The 2021 schedule boasts 17 SpeedTour race weekends, a record number in SVRA’s 42-year history.  New to the schedule are Charlotte Motor Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Brainerd International Raceway, and Utah Motorsports Campus. The schedule also includes an unprecedented number of West Coast events starting with Auto Club Speedway in February. Also, West Coast weekends will include a return after a three-year hiatus to Sonoma Raceway, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and Portland International Raceway. Most of the races will be live-streamed on the SVRA app.

Another feature of the schedule is its design to allow racers a single tow between tracks within the same region on successive weekends. The approach provides SVRA members with a convenient and economical way to plan a vacation road trip over two weekends. "Single Tow" weekends begin in February with Sebring International Raceway and Homestead, in March with Charlotte and Road Atlanta, and then again between Laguna Seca and Sonoma in April.

 

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Volume 2020, Issue 10, Posted 9:49 AM, 10.19.2020

SVRA - SKIP BARBER RACING SCHOOL BECOMES OFFICIAL SVRA SPONSOR

 

Premier Racing School Accredited to Issue SVRA Driver Licenses

Southlake, TX (September 21, 2020) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Skip Barber Racing School is now its “Official Racing School.” Founded by John “Skip” Barber over 45 years ago in 1975, the school has maintained its position as the gateway to motorsports since inception.

“As the only vintage racing organization with a national platform, we think Skip Barber is the perfect fit with us because of their national footprint,” said Tony Parella, SVRA CEO and majority owner of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.  “Their schools operate at many of the same tracks on our schedule, such as Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Circuit of the Americas (COTA), Sebring, Road Atlanta, and, of course, Lime Rock Park. This partnership expands our commitment to provide convenient, high-quality solutions to our members seeking racing licenses from an accredited school with a terrific history.”

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 9:36 AM, 09.21.2020

SVRA - HAWK PERFORMANCE IS THE OFFICIAL BRAKE PAD OF SVRA

 

 On the Track or the Street, Hawk Performance Delivers Unmatched Stopping Power

Southlake, TX (September 15, 2020) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Hawk Performance is its “Official Brake Pad.” Hawk Performance delivers premium friction products that stop drivers faster and last longer for racers and all-around car enthusiasts.

“SVRA and Hawk have a great history together,” said Tony Parella, SVRA CEO and majority owner of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.  “Many of our car owners already use Hawk Performance products and have done so for years. I am delighted to make our relationship an official partnership.”

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Volume 2020, Issue 9, Posted 11:24 AM, 09.15.2020

SVRA - EAROS AND SVRA PARTNER TO PROTECT THE HEARING OF RACING LOVERS

 

Made in the US, EAROS “Acoustic Filters” Protect Ears Without Compromising Sound Quality

Southlake, TX (September 3, 2020) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that EAROS is its “Official Hearing Protection Partner.” As part of the partnership, SVRA will offer EAROS ONE, a breakthrough high-fidelity hearing protection device, for sale to its community of vintage racing enthusiasts to protect their hearing health while still enjoying the roar of the engine.

“This EAROS partnership is very personal to me,” said Tony Parella, SVRA CEO and majority owner of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.  “Like many racers, years of loud engine noises have taken a toll on my hearing. I want our racers, crews, fans, and future generations to prevent such damage.”

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Volume 2020, Issue 8, Posted 1:56 PM, 09.03.2020

SVRA - SVRA “SPEEDTOUR ALL ACCESS” MAVTV SHOW DEBUTS IN AUGUST

 First-Ever TV Show Featuring America’s Premier Vintage Racing Series

Southlake, TX (July 30, 2020) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that its first-ever TV show featuring America’s premier vintage racing organization will premiere this Sunday, August 2, on MAVTV at 9:30 am.

In all, there will be eight airings of four episodes throughout August. In addition to the August 2 premiere the other episodes will be presented at 9:30 am and 12:30 pm on August 9, 16, 23, and 30. 

“This is the culmination of a lot of work to build the SVRA and SpeedTour brands,” said Tony Parella, SVRA CEO and majority owner of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.  “Since I acquired SVRA in 2012 all of my team has worked diligently to build a special national platform that provides a unique and diverse auto racing option for fans, competitors, and sponsors alike. Trans Am has a strong history of television coverage and we are bringing SVRA and everything about SpeedTour weekends into the mainstream motorsports conversation.”

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Volume 2020, Issue 8, Posted 2:13 PM, 08.01.2020

SVRA - SVRA, SOVREN AFFIRM NEW DATE FOR PORTLAND SPEEDTOUR WEEKEND

 West Coast Trans Am Series Also On Labor Day Weekend Program

Southlake, TX (July 1, 2020) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today in company with Seattle-based Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts (SOVREN) they have affirmed a new date – Labor Day Weekend – for the Portland Vintage Racing Festival. The weekend will also include the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli West Coast Series. Trans Am was originally scheduled to present their races at Portland International Raceway (PRI) July 24 – 26.

“Like everyone, we are navigating a challenging environment, so we adjust to deliver what is best for everyone involved.” said Tony Parella, SVRA President and CEO and majority owner of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. “I think we have arrived at a great solution. Andy Collins and the team at SOVREN have been terrific partners in our Portland Vintage Racing Festivals, and I know they will deliver a successful event.”

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Volume 2020, Issue 7, Posted 7:51 AM, 07.02.2020

SVRA - JR III RACING RETURNS TO COMPETITION WITH DOUBLE FATHER-SON LINEUP

 

 Dueling Dad and Lad SVRA Prototype Efforts at Road America on Father’s Day Weekend 

Elkhart Lake, Wisc. (17 June 2020) – What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than to go racing at Road America…with your dad?

This weekend, Jr III (“Junior-Three”) Racing will return to competition with an outing at Road America as SVRA stages the 2020 Vintage Festival. The Mooresville-based team will feature a unique lineup as it campaigns two father-son duos racing a pair of LMP3 Prototypes for the Father’s Day weekend event. In addition to the two father-son LMP3 entries, Jr III will also be preparing and entering the No. 21 Weaver Concepts Dodge Challenger Trans Am driven by Marc Sharinn.

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 11:54 AM, 06.18.2020

SVRA - SCCA PRO RACING, PARELLA FORGE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

 

F4 U.S. and FR Americas To Be Added To SpeedTour Format

Southlake, TX (June 25, 2020) – Parella Motorsports Holdings (PMH), the owner of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and majority owner of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli, today announced it has engaged a partnership with two SCCA Pro Racing open-wheel series, Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda and Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda.The agreement builds on the success of the tried-and-true relationship of PMH and Trans Am, which is also sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing.

“SCCA Pro Racing has proven the viability of FR Americas and F4 U.S. and we are confident that through a combined effort we can take both to the next level,” said Tony Parella, SVRA President and CEO and majority owner of Trans Am. “I want to thank our newest PMH board member, Nick Craw who was instrumental in making this deal come together. His exceptional executive leadership experience in SCCA, ACCUS, and FIA proved invaluable.”

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Volume 2020, Issue 6, Posted 1:38 PM, 06.25.2020

SVRA - SVRA Affirms Dates For Road America And Mid-Ohio Races

 

 Postponed From May, Road America Lands On Fathers’ Day Weekend

Southlake, TX (May 21, 2020) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today affirmed June dates at both Road America and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  The agreement with Road America is a new date after a postponement from the original May 15 -17 Vintage Festival. Fathers’ Day June 18 – 21 weekend became available with the postponement of the Brickyard Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and changes to the Indy car date originally planned at Road America at that time. Mid-Ohio will take place on its previously announced date, June 25 – 28.

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Volume 2020, Issue 5, Posted 4:43 PM, 05.21.2020

SVRA - NICK CRAW JOINS PARELLA MOTORSPORTS HOLDINGS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Vastly Experienced International and North American Motorsports Industry Executive

Southlake, TX (April 14, 2020) – Parella Motorsports Holdings (PMH), the owner of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and majority owner of the Trans Am presented by Pirelli Series, today announced that Nick Craw, a much-respected international motorsports industry executive has joined its board of directors. Craw has vast experience in the sport, including time as a professional driver across a variety of disciplines with two IMSA championships, and as an industry executive most notably as President and CEO of the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS-FIA), and simultaneously as FIA Senate President from 2009-2017.   Craw was also the longest-serving President & CEO of SCCA (17 years).

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Volume 2020, Issue 4, Posted 10:02 AM, 04.14.2020

SVRA - SVRA REVISES 2020 SEASON SCHEDULE

 

 New Plan Calls For Eleven Races, Three Key Date Changes

Southlake, TX (April 7, 2020) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced its revised 2020 schedule, reflecting adherence to national and local safety guidelines in the fight against the COVID-19 global pandemic. The schedule consists of the remaining eleven race weekends but with three date changes. Nine of the weekends are shared with the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli as part of the SpeedTour format.

“Every decision we have made with respect to the pandemic reflects our commitment to the safety of our fans, members, drivers, and sponsors. That’s job one,” said Tony Parella, SVRA President, CEO and majority owner of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. 

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Volume 2020, Issue 4, Posted 9:42 AM, 04.07.2020

SVRA - SAID, FELLOWS, SET FOR SVRA CHARITY PRO-AM AT ROAD ATLANTA

 

 Road Course “Ringers” Return To Challenge NASCAR Stars

Southlake, TX (March 12, 2020) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that Boris Said and Ron Fellows have filed entries for the popular Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. Both Fellows and Said are remembered as “NASCAR Ringers” for their road racing prowess. The VROC competition is part of the March 26 – 29 SpeedTour Road Atlanta Grand Prix weekend.

“Ron and Boris are no strangers to SVRA and VROC competition, having raced with us in various cars many times before,” said SVRA President and CEO and majority owner of the Trans Am Company, Tony Parella. “I’m proud that we can present a high-profile race that once again pits Boris and Ron against outstanding former full-time NASCAR champions like Bobby LaBonte, Mike Skinner, Ron Hornaday and Johnny Benson.”

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Volume 2020, Issue 3, Posted 11:42 AM, 03.12.2020

SVRA - LIVE-STREAM RACES AT NINE SPEEDTOUR WEEKENDS IN 2020

 

 Leading Digital TV Provider NAGRA Delivers App For Streaming And Other Services

Southlake, TX (March 9, 2020) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) will deliver new value to sponsors and fans alike by extending its reach to a global scale through live video streaming. America’s premier vintage racing organization has rolled out a full-service digital media platform to feature races during nine SpeedTour weekends, including its popular Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am series. Fans around the globe can enjoy the competition through free streaming media to their phones, tablets, and computers. Free downloads are available for bothApple and Android

The new worldwide service is made possible through an agreement with NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world's leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions. SVRA launched a beta trial of the app at the Sebring International Raceway Vintage Festival during competition on Sunday, March 1. NAGRA brings experience spanning 70 years of working with Hollywood studios as well as 30 years of empowering the world’s leading service providers and content owners. The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli is a partner at the SpeedTour weekends and has also announced a live streaming video app developed by NAGRA.

“Our trial at Sebring was a tremendous success reaching twenty countries worldwide,” said Tony Parella, SVRA President, CEO and majority owner of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.  “We established a national platform for our sponsors several years ago and now we have extended the reach of our brand on a global level. This thrusts SVRA and our Vintage Race of Champions series into the mainstream motorsports conversation.”

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Volume 2020, Issue 3, Posted 4:03 PM, 03.09.2020

SVRA - SKINNER, BENSON ADD NASCAR MUSCLE TO ROAD ATLANTA VROC FIELD

Champion Drivers Join a Growing List of Legends

Southlake, TX (March 3, 2020) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that NASCAR champions Mike Skinner and Johnny Benson have filed entries for the popular Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. The VROC competition is part of the March 26 – 29 SpeedTour Road Atlanta Grand Prix weekend.

“Mike and Johnny have become good friends to SVRA,” said SVRA President and CEO and majority owner of the Trans Am Company, Tony Parella. “Mike has been a regular at our SpeedTour race meets the last two years, and I love how both he and Johnny have embraced our SVRA vintage racing code of camaraderie.”

 

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Volume 2020, Issue 3, Posted 2:26 PM, 03.03.2020

SVRA - SVRA CANCELS VROC CHARITY PRO-AM AT ROAD ATLANTA

 Plans Call For Other SpeedTour Races To Be Live Streamed, Track Closed to Spectators

Southlake, TX (March 12, 2020) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that its popular Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) race during the March 26 – 29 SpeedTour Road Atlanta Grand Prix weekend is canceled. The decision is a precautionary move in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Friday night charity banquet for the Hope For The Warriors charity will also not take place. Currently, SVRA plans to run all other races for the SpeedTour weekend. The Trans Am Series Presented by Pirelli, SVRA vintage races, and IGT will take place but no fans will be admitted to the grounds. Those events will be live-streamed as previously planned to allow fans to see the action. SVRA will continue to monitor events as they develop in this unprecedented pandemic.

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Volume 2020, Issue 3, Posted 4:07 PM, 03.12.2020

SVRA - HALL-OF-FAME STARS CONVERGE AT ROAD ATLANTA VROC

 

Baseball’s Hall-of-Fame Catcher Johnny Bench to Serve as Grand Marshal

Southlake, TX (February 27, 2020) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that Johnny Bench, a member of Major League Baseball’s Hall-of-Fame, will serve as grand marshal for their Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Grand Prix weekend, March 26 – 29. Joining him will be a host of auto racing hall-of-fame athletes led by Al Unser, Jr., Bobby Labonte, Ron Hornaday, and Geoff Brabham. The drivers have filed entries for SVRA’s popular Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am at Road Atlanta. The VROC Series has expanded this year to four weekends with Circuit of the Americas (COTA) joining Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) and VIRginia International Raceway as host tracks.

“All of us at SVRA are honored to have a sports icon like Johnny Bench join us for our SpeedTour Road Atlanta Grand Prix weekend,” said SVRA President and CEO and majority owner of the Trans Am Company, Tony Parella. “As for hall-of-fame athletes, it’s amazing to walk among so many. Virtually all our professional drivers are members of a hall-of-fame somewhere.”

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 8:13 AM, 02.27.2020

SVRA - VROC CHAMPS RIBBS, JONES, DALLENBACH ENTER SVRA ROAD ATLANTA

 

2019 Champions OF A & B Production Classes Aim To Defend Their VROC Titles

Southlake, TX (February 24, 2020) – Last year’s three VROC series champions, Willy T. Ribbs, Davy Jones, and Wally Dallenbach are the first entries in Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s (SVRA) popular Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on March 27 and 28.  The VROC Series has expanded this year to four weekends with Circuit of the Americas (COTA) joining Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) and VIRginia International Raceway as host tracks. The Road Atlanta round kicks off the series’ 2020 season.

“Our 2019 VROC series was an absolute success,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “The competition was so intense that it produced a tie for Davy Jones and Wally Dallenbach in the BP class. We had two tiebreakers in place if the point standings were knotted up, but they came out even on those as well. Willy is our AP champ, and I’m happy for him that he finally got a great win at Indy.”

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Volume 2020, Issue 2, Posted 4:46 PM, 02.25.2020

SVRA - LUCAS OIL BECOMES OFFICIAL OIL OF SVRA

 


Motorsports Icon Expands Grassroots Motorsports Reach Through SVRA

Southlake, TX (January 30, 2020) –Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that Lucas Oil Products, one of the most revered brands in motorsports, is now the “Official Oil of SVRA.” 

“It’s hard to imagine another company that has a bigger footprint in the motorsports landscape than Lucas Oil,” said SVRA’s CEO Tony Parella. “Whether it’s sprint cars, late models, their pro pulling league, motocross, off-road, or the NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway, Lucas is into all facets of racing, especially in the grassroots realm. They also sponsor dozens of champion racers in every form of North American motorsports. SVRA is honored to be among such company.”

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Volume 2020, Issue 1, Posted 11:15 AM, 01.30.2020

SVRA - PASSPORT TRANSPORT JOINS ROSTER OF SVRA SPONSORS

Official Transport Company Of SVRA Fits Vintage Racing’s Only National Platform

Southlake, TX (January 10, 2020) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Passport Transport is now its “Official Transport Company.” Founded in 1970, Passport Transport offers world-class experience transporting vehicles of all kinds, including vintage racers and collector cars.

“As the only vintage racing organization with a national platform, we want to provide our car owners with this outstanding transport and hauling option for their cars and equipment.” said Tony Parella, SVRA CEO.  “Passport Transport is a terrific example of our approach of working with sponsors to meet the real needs of our race teams.”

Over the last 50 years, Passport Transport has shipped thousands o

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Volume 2020, Issue 1, Posted 10:18 AM, 01.10.2020

SVRA - MAZDA MIATA HERITAGE CUP TO GROW IN 2020


Mazda Backed-Series For NA-model Spec Miatas Expands To NB-Model Spec Miatas

Southlake, TX (January 8, 2020) – After a successful launch in 2017 that saw steadily growing fields of 1990-1997 NA Miatas, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) Mazda Miata Heritage Cup will welcome 1999-2005 NB Miatas, creating a second podium, beginning in 2020. And there is one more special opportunity – SVRA is going to waive the entry fee for one marquee event to be held at Road America May 14-17.

“No company has done more for grassroots racing than Mazda and I am very excited for their support to continue and grow our Mazda Miata Heritage Cup,” commented SVRA’s President and CEO Tony Parella. “The racing has been very competitive, and the drivers have really embraced the no-contact, SVRA philosophy. It’s clear the drivers view racing with us as a unique motorsport experience.”

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Volume 2020, Issue 1, Posted 11:14 AM, 01.08.2020

SVRA - RACELOGIC JOINS ROSTER OF TRANS AM AND SVRA SPONSORS

Official Driver Data and Video Logging Company Of Trans Am & SVRA

Southlake, TX (December 26, 2019) – Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli and Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that RACELOGIC is now the “Official Driver Data and Video Logging Company” of both racing organizations. Founded in 1992 RACELOGIC designs and manufactures electronic systems to measure, record, display, analyze and simulate data from moving vehicles.

“Data collection and analytics have become an essential and integral part of today’s racing operations. That’s true if you are a vintage racer or a competitor in a top-tier professional series like Trans Am,” said Tony Parella, SVRA CEO and majority owner of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.  “RACELOGIC provides state-of-the-art solutions our teams need.”

 

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Volume 2019, Issue 12, Posted 4:14 PM, 12.26.2019

SVRA - COOK WEALTH MANAGEMENT GROUP JOINS ROSTER OF SVRA SPONSORS

 

Perfect Fit In SVRA Paddock As Official Wealth Management Company

Southlake, TX (December 17, 2019) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Cook Wealth Management Group is now the “Official Wealth Management Company of SVRA.” Founded in 1984 and based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Cook Wealth Management Group is a recognized leader in holistic financial planning through a team of wealth managers with over 100 years of combined experience.

“After meeting with the Cook team, I immediately realized that they have a comprehensive practice for wealth management that you rarely see in companies offering financial services,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “I am excited for Cook Wealth to join our racing family because our community of car owners can take full advantage of Cook Wealth’s planning services. It’s a great bonus that managing partner Brian Cook is a racer himself, and that he and founder Jon Cook are both motorsports enthusiasts.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 12, Posted 10:36 AM, 12.17.2019

SVRA - TIRERACK.com BECOMES SVRA’s OFFICIAL TIRE STORE

 

Leader In Consumer Tire Consultation Perfect Fit In SVRA Paddock

Southlake, TX (December 10, 2019) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that TireRack.com is now the “Official Tire Store of SVRA.” Tire Rack has a long and varied list of associations with car performance programs across the country.

“Tire Rack is the undisputed leader in tire consultation to ensure consumers purchase the right tire for their needs,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “Everyone at SVRA is excited about Tire Rack’s long association with competitors, car enthusiasts, car shows, and spectators – everyone in the car culture. They have a very strong presence in grassroots racing and this agreement extends that.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 12, Posted 9:54 AM, 12.10.2019

SVRA - BIG MACHINE VODKA BECOMES THE OFFICIAL VODKA OF SVRA

 

Iconic Brand Adds SVRA Vintage Racing To Impressive Motorsports Portfolio

Southlake, TX (December 5, 2019) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced Big Machine Vodka is now the “Official Vodka of SVRA.” In just a few short years Big Machine has established its brand among the most recognizable sponsors of motorsports through affiliations with the reigning champions of America’s two biggest racing series with Kyle Bush in NASCAR and Josef Newgarden in IndyCar. Big Machine Vodka is the title sponsor of NASCAR’s Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line, and will again be front and center in that role in 2020.

“Racing organizations, competitors and fans alike applaud Big Machine Vodka’s investment in the sport we all love,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “Fusing this marketing savvy together with Scott Borchetta’s massive passion for wheel-to-wheel competition is pure joy for me to see. Scott’s on-track racing performance as a driver, like his premium vodka brand, has grown exponentially in a short time. He won seven Group 6 sprint races as well as the U.S. Vintage National Championship at COTA earlier this year. He also serves as Grand Marshal for NASCAR’s Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 12, Posted 7:51 AM, 12.05.2019

SVRA - MARATHON COACH IS OFFICIAL LUXURY MOTORCOACH OF SVRA

World’s Leader Of Custom Luxury Motorcoach Market

Southlake, TX (December 3, 2019) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Marathon Coach is now the “Official Luxury Motorcoach of SVRA.” Marathon Coach, a family-owned business since 1983, is the worldwide leader in luxury motorhomes having sold over 1,300 of the vehicles around the globe.

“Marathon Coach literally fits into our paddock as everyone in motorsports appreciates the role of motor coaches in racing,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “As racers, we all want to be the leader and that’s what Marathon Coach is – the world champion of luxury motorhomes.”

 

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Volume 2019, Issue 12, Posted 10:01 AM, 12.03.2019

SVRA - REMINGTON ARMS BECOMES SVRA’s OFFICIAL RECREATIONAL FIREARMS COMPANY

 

Iconic American Company Fits Nicely In SVRA Paddock Packed With Racing Icons

Southlake, TX (October 29, 2019) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that the Remington Arms Company is now the “Official Recreational Firearms Company of SVRA.” Founded in New York and headquartered in Madison, North Carolina, Remington is a leader in the production of ammunition, shotguns, and rifles.

“We are tremendously honored to have Remington, an iconic American brand for over 200 years, as a partner,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “Vintage racers appreciate sportsmanship and leadership and everyone I have spoken with agrees there is a lot of synergy between the Remington and SVRA brands.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 10:07 AM, 10.29.2019

SVRA - AL UNSER JR. ENTERS VROC PRO-AM AT VIR

 

Two-Time Indy 500 Champ Was The First SVRA Pro-Am Winner

Southlake, TX (September 12, 2019) – Indy car champion Al Unser, Jr. announced today that he is entering Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s (SVRA) Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am presented by Chopard Watch at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). Unser, who has always run at the front in previous VROC Charity Pro-Am races, joins a stellar field of legendary drivers reminiscent of the original IROC series. Many in the VROC field competed in IROC, including Unser and Bobby Labonte, both of whom became champions of that iconic series. The September 21 VROC Charity Pro-Am at VIR is the final event in the series and will decide the VROC B Production (BP) and A Production (AP) championships.

“I am delighted to race once again in the VROC. It’s great competition and I have nothing but respect the SVRA drivers,” Unser said. “I want to thank Mike Harding and George Steinbrenner for giving me the time off from their Indy car team to do what they know I love best – race cars. The VIR course is particularly challenging and I look forward to having another crack at it because I never got completely comfortable last year.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 10:27 AM, 09.12.2019

SVRA - LE MANS CHAMPS BRABHAM AND JONES ENTER VROC PRO-AM AT VIR

Stars of Indy Car, Top-Tier Sports Car Racing Are Expected to Charge To The Front

Southlake, TX (September 10, 2019) – Two champions of the Le Mans 24 Hours, Davy Jones and Geoff Brabham, have filed entries for Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s (SVRA) Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am presented by Chopard Watch at Virginia International Raceway. The September 21 Charity Pro-Am is the deciding round of the VROC series and both legendary drivers feel they have unfinished business. Jones is the points leader in the chase for the B Production (BP) championship and Brabham looked like a sure winner last month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway round of the series before mechanical maladies with his A Production (AP) Corvette dashed his chances.

“With due respect to all the epic sports car races in the world, I think everyone agrees that winning overall at Le Mans is the pinnacle of achievement,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “To think we have not one, but two great drivers who have scaled that mountain is an honor to our series. I know that Davy is determined to take the B Production championship and Geoff feels the racing gods owe him one after coming so close at Indy.”

 

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 12:25 PM, 09.10.2019

SVRA - 2020 SCHEDULE REFLECTS GROWTH

 

VROC Expands To Four Races, SVRA And Trans Am Share Tracks On Ten Weekends

Southlake, TX (September 17, 2019) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced a 14-race schedule for 2020 that affirms the success of its “SpeedTour” brand introduced earlier this year. The synergies of SVRA vintage racing, Trans Am, IGT contemporary sports cars, and the popular Vintage Race Of Champions (VROC) featuring legendary drivers have generated growth in sponsorship, membership, and event attendance.

“We are on the right trajectory with the SpeedTour national platform and the businesses it represents,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “By combining Trans Am and IGT with over 100 years of historic racing machines we are meeting a market demand from motorsports fans for diversity of design and engine sounds. Our high net worth demographic in our paddocks is very appealing to sponsors. I am particularly proud to see the enthusiasm for our VROC series, which will expand with the addition of the race at COTA in 2020.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 9, Posted 9:57 AM, 09.17.2019

SVRA - BENSON, BODINE ADD NASCAR MUSCLE TO VROC PRO-AM AT VIR

Former Truck Series Champions Join Three Other NASCAR Legends   

Southlake, TX (August 29, 2019) – Two NASCAR champions – Todd Bodine and Johnny Benson – have filed entries for Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s (SVRA) Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am presented by Chopard Watch at Virginia International Raceway. The September 21 Charity Pro-Am is the deciding round of the VROC series. Previously announced NASCAR stars entering the race are Bobby Labonte, Mike Skinner, and Wally Dallenbach, Jr.

“Both of these two champions first raced with SVRA last year at VIR,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “They also joined us in our Charity Pro-Am earlier this month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They are terrific race car drivers and we are honored to have them racing with us.”

 

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 9:56 AM, 08.29.2019

"Bullitt" Mustang Display at AutoFair

World's Most Valuable Mustang, Steve McQueen's "Bullitt" Movie Car, to Headline Pennzoil AutoFair before Selling at Auction
-- For Immediate Release -- CONCORD, N.C. (Aug. 27, 2019) – By all accounts, the once-lost Ford Mustang that action star Steve McQueen drove in the 1968 film "Bullitt" is about to become the most valuable Mustang ever to change owners. Before the iconic green fastback makes its short drive across the auction block (and possibly goes back into hiding), car buffs and movie nuts will have a chance to see it up close during Charlotte Motor Speedway's Oct. 17-19 Pennzoil AutoFair.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 6:30 PM, 08.27.2019

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Hall-Of-Fame Drivers Will Contend For Both AP and BP Class SVRA Trophies

Southlake, TX (August 22, 2019) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced six top contenders for its Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am presented by Chopard Watch championship have filed entries for the next race at Virginia International Raceway. All are in the hunt for either the A Production or B Production championships. Willy T. Ribbs and Boris Said, fresh off their stirring VROC victories at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last month, appear to be the drivers to beat in AP and BP, respectively. 

NASCAR’s Bobby Labonte and Mike Skinner, also favorites in AP, have filed entries. Expect Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and Mark Dismore, both top contenders for the BP championship, to run at the front in the decisive VIR contest.

 

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 10:31 AM, 08.22.2019

SVRA - RIBBS, SAID PREVAIL IN VROC CHARITY PRO-AM AT IMS

 

Indianapolis (August 3, 2019) – Willy T. Ribbs and Boris Said came away the big winners in the Vintage Race of Champions (VROC ) presented by Chopard Watch today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). Ribbs picked off the overall win in his Duntov-prepared 1969 Corvette A Production racer. It was his first Sportscar Vintage Racing Association pro-am win after seven tries. Said, the winner in B Production with Jim Caudle’s 1969 Corvette, now has a perfect record in VROC Charity Pro-Am races, having won in his only other appearance at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) last year.

Ribbs and his amateur teammate Ed Sevadjian ran at the front all day long, swapping the lead with the Legendary Motor Car 1969 Corvette of Peter Klutt and Geoff Brabham. Klutt led from the start, but was eclipsed by Sevadjian just before both cars headed to the pits for their mandatory five-minute stop for driver change. The black Duntov entry continued at the front for several laps with Ribbs at the wheel. After a dozen laps, Brabham found a shorter way around turn one and made the pass for the lead.

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Volume 2019, Issue 8, Posted 10:35 AM, 08.04.2019

SVRA - BAGLEY, MARTIN, CARLSON COMPLETE ENTRIES FOR VROC PRO-AM AT IMS

 

Hall-Of-Fame Field Ready For VROC Charity Pro-Am Presented By Chopard Watch    

Southlake, TX (August 1, 2019) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that with the entries of Tom Bagley, John Martin, and Tyce Carlson the field is set for the Vintage Race of Champions Charity Pro-Am presented by Chopard Watch. The race will take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday.

“John, Tom, Tyce are three accomplished drivers who proved themselves in Indy car with modest resources,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “They join a stellar field that includes and champions from a variety of series, including Indy car, NASCAR, Trans Am and short track racing.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 8:13 AM, 08.01.2019

SVRA - MATT BREEDEN NAMED SVRA PRESIDENT

 

Former INDYCAR Corporate Officer Brings Wealth Of Experience To New Role

Indianapolis, IN (August X, 2019) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Matt Breeden, who has held executive positions in motorsports companies for over 15 years, has joined the company as its president. 

“Matt has demonstrated tremendous skill in previous corporate officer roles at premier motorsports companies such INDYCAR and Champ Car,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “The growth of SVRA has exceeded our expectations and I realized I needed a top talent like Matt to manage and grow the business. With his experience, I can focus on sponsorship development, customer relationships, and strategic initiatives such as our new Speed Tour brand and relationship with Trans Am.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 8:40 AM, 07.31.2019

SVRA - DALLENBACH, SAID ENTER VROC RACE AT IMS

 

Renowned Road Racers Expected To Gun For The Top Step

Southlake, TX (July 30, 2019) – Two NASCAR veterans well known for road racing accomplishments – Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and Boris Said – have filed entries for Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s (SVRA) Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am presented by Chopard Watch at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). The VROC Pro-Am race, coming this Saturday, is part of the sixth SVRA Brickyard Invitational, now a classic on the American vintage racing calendar.

“Wally and Boris are great friends to SVRA,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “Look for them to run up front. Boris was the overall winner at our charity pro-am last September at Virginia International Raceway (VIR).”

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 10:50 AM, 07.30.2019

SVRA - NASCAR CHAMPIONS BENSON, BODINE ENTER VROC AT IMS

 

Former Truck Series Champions Add More NASCAR Muscle To VROC Field   

Southlake, TX (July 25, 2019) – Two NASCAR champions – Todd Bodine and Johnny Benson – have filed entries for Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s (SVRA) Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am presented by Chopard Watch at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). With the previously announced Mike Skinner, the two bring the number of former NASCAR Truck Series Champions to a total of three. Benson is one of only three Truck champions to also win the Xfinity series, bringing home that trophy in 1995. The VROC Pro-Am August 3 race is part of the sixth SVRA Brickyard Invitational, now a classic on the American vintage racing calendar.

“These two champions bring a lot of NASCAR muscle to our VROC field, and we are honored to have them,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “We’ve already announced Mike Skinner and, more recently, Bobby Labonte. Stay tuned, we have a stellar field lining up with us.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 8:47 AM, 07.25.2019

SVRA - LYN ST. JAMES RETURNS TO BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL FOR VROC RACE

 

Popular Dick Simon Named Grand Marshal For IMS Weekend

Southlake, TX (July 23, 2019) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that two of the most popular names of Indianapolis 500 lore have announced plans to be on hand at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) for the Brickyard Invitational – one as a driver, the other in an officiating capacity. Lyn St. James will drive in SVRA’s Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am presented by Chopard Watch, while Dick Simon will be Grand Marshal for the Brickyard Invitational, August 3 and 4.

“Whenever I am around Lyn and Dick at the Speedway, I see how excited fans are to see them, talk to them, and get an autograph or a selfie,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “Dick’s racing career dates back 50 years to 1969 and through all that time he earned great praise assisting and mentoring young drivers. That list of drivers included some big names like Arie Luyendyk, and, of course, Lyn St. James.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 10:05 AM, 07.23.2019

SVRA - BOBBY LABONTE ENTERS VROC PRO-AM AT IMS

 

 NASCAR Cup Champion To Make Second VROC Start 

Southlake, TX (July 18, 2019) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that Bobby Labonte, one of the biggest names in the annals of NASCAR history, has entered the Vintage Race of Champions Charity Pro-Am presented by Chopard Watch. The race will take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 3.

“Bobby has become a good friend to our sport,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “He’s still an active race driver in the NASCAR Whelen Series, and, of course, has TV and various other commitments, so I am honored that he makes the time to race with us for charity. I like to believe it underscores just how quickly our VROC Charity Pro-Am series is ascending.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 7, Posted 10:09 AM, 07.18.2019