Vintage / Historic

SVRA - Jim Cassidy Named to Parella Motorsports Board of Directors

 

Longtime NASCAR Executive Offers Wealth of Experience and Industry Knowledge

Southlake, TX (June 20, 2019) – Parella Motorsports Holdings (PMH), owner of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and majority owner of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli, today announced that highly-regarded NASCAR veteran Jim Cassidy has joined its board of directors.

“I am very excited to have Jim join our board,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “His experience at the highest levels of American motorsports will be invaluable in helping guide us well into the future.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 6, Posted 10:07 AM, 06.20.2019

SVRA - SVRA CELEBRATES OCEAN ORGANIC VODKA AS NEWEST PARTNER BRAND

 

Hawai‘i-Made Spirit Aims to Enhance Race Fan’s Experience

Southlake, TX (June 4, 2019) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Ocean Organic Vodka has joined the line-up of high-end consumer brands on its roster. The top-selling Hawaiian vodka brand is distributed throughout the United States and around the globe with award-winning taste made from organic sugar cane and blended with deep ocean mineral water. It is crafted as a celebratory tribute to the element that provides life for our planet.

“I am extremely impressed by Ocean Organic Vodka’s unique market positioning,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella, “…and am proud to highlight this outstanding brand among our motorsports community. They have taken a leadership position through innovation and the determination to produce the best vodka in the world. This mirrors the sentiment within our extended family of having passion for life and appreciation for the finest quality in every aspect of living.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 9:50 AM, 06.04.2019

SVRA - CHOPARD BECOMES THE OFFICIAL WATCH OF SVRA

 

Luxury Timepiece Now Coveted Recognition For VROC Champions

Southlake, TX (May 30, 2019) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Chopard, the Swiss artisan of luxury timepieces, is now the “Official Watch of SVRA.” Chopard celebrates the precious moments of accomplished men and women around the world and is a highly appropriate recognition for SVRA’s growing Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) charity pro-am series that includes noteworthy drivers such as Mike Skinner, Geoff Brabham, and Willy T. Ribbs. The watch will also be available for purchase for SVRA members.

“We are tremendously honored to have the exceptional Chopard global brand as a partner,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “Luxury timepieces have long been associated with motorsports achievement and we think it is a wonderful and meaningful prize for the four professional and amateur champions in the VROC championship. We also will have some set aside to honor others excelling in other aspects of SVRA.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 9:09 AM, 05.30.2019

SVRA - MONTEREY MOTORSPORT PARK BECOMES SVRA SPONSOR

Ultimate Garage And Condo Facility Is Ideal Home For Collector Cars And More

Southlake, TX (May 16, 2019) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Monterey Motorsport Park, a state-of-the-art condo-garage community has become its latest premium brand sponsor. SVRA’s national platform through its schedule of racing weekends at all the top facilities across America, and its extensive network of thousands of car owners and drivers allows Monterey Motorsport Park to exponentially expand their reach in presenting their value proposition.

“Where could you find a better cultural fit for an SVRA partner than Monterey Motorsports Park?” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “Monterey is easily one of the most revered capitals of American sports car racing. We are honored to have this relationship and it is very appropriate in a year where we are excited to have WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on our calendar.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 1:27 PM, 05.16.2019

SVRA - DORSEY SCHROEDER BECOMES FINAL VROC ENTRY FOR ROAD ATLANTA

 Field Of 28 Drivers Set For SVRA’s March 30 Charity Pro-Am Presented By RACER Magazine

Southlake, TX (March 28, 2019) – Dorsey Schroeder’s entry today in Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s (SVRA) first-ever Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am Presented By RACER Magazine at Road Atlanta sets the field for this Saturday’s event.  The addition of Schroeder further strengthens a stout roster of champions that also includes Al Unser, Jr., Geoff Brabham, Davy Jones, Mike Skinner, Greg Biffle, and Willy T. Ribbs. Twenty-eight professional and amateur drivers will begin a six-month chase for the VROC series points championship. VROC charity pro-am races are also planned for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in August, and Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in September. At stake are championship trophies for both amateur and professional racers.

“All of us at SVRA are thrilled to get this unique VROC series celebrating great champions and helping charity underway,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “It’s always an honor to work with and develop friendships among true legends, but what is truly special is to assist such great charities as Hope For the Warriors (HFTW) in their good works.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 AM, 03.28.2019

SVRA - CHRIS DYSON, JOHNNY PARSONS JR. JOIN VROC ROSTER

 

Drivers Demonstrate Diversity In Field Of Legends At Road Atlanta

Southlake, TX (March 26, 2019) – Chris Dyson and Johnny Parsons Jr., two racers who earned their greatest career laurels in different disciplines of auto racing, have filed entries Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s (SVRA) first-ever Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am Presented by RACER Magazine at Road Atlanta on March 29 and 30.  Parsons, a hall-of-fame short track star, and Dyson, an IMSA sports car champion, will square off against a stout field that includes Al Unser, Jr., Geoff Brabham, Davy Jones, Mike Skinner, Greg Biffle and Willy T. Ribbs.

“As I thought about invitations to this race, I wanted to emulate the original IROC with its interdisciplinary field. Johnny and Chris deliver exactly that,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “Both have short track experience and that speaks to my heart, because I got my start on ovals. Also, Chris is a road racing champion and is currently one of the big names in the Trans Am portion of our 2019 Speed Tour, and we’re honored to have him racing in SVRA as well.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 10:14 AM, 03.26.2019

SVRA - GLENORA BECOMES SVRA’S OFFICIAL SPARKLING WINE

 

Winners To Spray Glenora Wine Cellars Brut Sparkling Wine From SVRA Podiums

SOUTHLAKE, Tex. (March 21, 2019) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Glenora Wine Cellars has become the “official sparkling wine” of SVRA.  The first winery on the shore of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York, the widely acclaimed wine cellar and inn are nestled in a bucolic setting within shouting distance of the world-famous and historic Watkins Glen International Speedway and has a longstanding tradition of producing high-quality sparkling wines.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 4:56 PM, 03.21.2019

SVRA - NASCAR STARS SKINNER, BIFFLE LATEST ROAD ATLANTA VROC ENTRIES

 

Both NASCAR Champions Add Luster To Stellar Field Of Racing Legends  

Southlake, TX (March 19, 2019) – NASCAR champions Mike Skinner and Greg Biffle have filed entries for Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s (SVRA) first-ever Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am at Road Atlanta on March 29 and 30.  The two join an IROC-worthy field of racing legends that includes Al Unser, Jr., Geoff Brabham, Davy Jones, and Willy T. Ribbs. Other VROC series charity pro-am races are planned for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in August, and Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in September. At stake are two points championship trophies – one for both an amateur and a professional racer.

“Atlanta is in the heart of NASCAR country, so it is extra special to have two champions of that sport like Greg and Mike racing with us,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “Mike is becoming an SVRA regular, especially in Group 10 with his race-winning truck, and Greg had a great race at our VIR Pro-Am last September. I think that really opened his eyes to what tremendous racing we have at SVRA.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 9:36 AM, 03.19.2019

SVRA - AVIS BECOMES SVRA’S OFFICIAL CAR RENTAL COMPANY

 

Avis Brings Its Industry-Leading Mobility Solutions to SVRA

SOUTHLAKE, Tex. (March 13, 2019) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Avis, a worldwide leader in mobility, is now the official car rental company of SVRA. Avis is redefining the rental car industry with advancements such as its Avis mobile app, connected cars, and cloud-based next-generation platform.

The company’s vision is a world where mobility is completely connected, integrated and on-demand. The goal is to enable customers to enjoy more productivity and less hassle through personalized, connected and streamlined transportation options.

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Volume 2019, Issue 3, Posted 9:50 AM, 03.13.2019

SVRA - DAVY JONES, MARK DISMORE GEAR UP FOR ROAD ATLANTA VROC

 

Both Are Accomplished Indy Car Drivers And Classic 24-Hour Race Champions  

Southlake, TX (March 7, 2018) – Two more accomplished champions of sports car and Indy car racing – Davy Jones and Mark Dismore – have filed entries for Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s (SVRA) first-ever Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am at Road Atlanta on March 29 and 30.  Other VROC Series races are planned for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in August, and Virginia International Raceway in September. Plans call for two points championship trophies to be awarded – one for both an amateur and a professional racer.

“Davy and Mark are top-level champions, really amazing talents,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “The accomplishments of the drivers racing with us in VROC make me feel like we are pulling together a new International Race of Champions (IROC) field. It’s that good.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 8:43 AM, 03.07.2019

SVRA - BRABHAM, FELLOWS, AND DALLENBACH ENTER ROAD ATLANTA VROC

 

Masters Of Road Racing Grow A Field Worthy Of The Original IROC Series

Southlake, TX (February 19, 2018) – Legendary road racers Geoff Brabham, Ron Fellows, and Wally Dallenbach are the latest entries in Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s (SVRA) first-ever Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am at Road Atlanta on March 29 and 30.  Other VROC Series races are planned for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in August, and Virginia International Raceway in September.

“No matter how many Charity Pro-Am races we organize, I still pinch myself when I think of the heroes who come race with us. All of us at SVRA are honored,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “Today we have joining us terrific drivers with amazing credentials. We’re talking overall wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Daytona 24 Hours, and the 12 Hours of Sebring. They have IROC experience, Trans Am championships, and dozens of major sports car victories. That doesn’t even do them justice because the list of their collective accomplishments is flat-out amazing.”

Brabham was a master of sports car racin

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 11:04 AM, 02.19.2019

SVRA - FIVE INDY 500 STARS ENTER FIRST VROC SERIES RACE AT ROAD ATLANTA

 

SVRA’s Charity Pro-Am Series A Battle Of Titans In The Mold Of Original IROC

Southlake, TX (February 14, 2018) – Al Unser, Jr., Willy T. Ribbs, Davey Hamilton, Lyn St. James and Max Papis have filed entries for Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s (SVRA) first-ever Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) at Road Atlanta on March 29 and 30.  VROC builds on the success of the SVRA Charity Pro-Am races that began at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014. Other VROC Series races are planned for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in August, and Virginia International Raceway in September. Plans call for two points championship trophies to be awarded – one for both an amateur and a professional racer.

These first entries set up a classic inter-disciplinary battle of titans reminiscent of the venerated original IROC series. SVRA officials report that champions from other fields, such as the various levels of NASCAR and sports car racing, will inevitably enter as well.

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 10:02 AM, 02.14.2019

SVRA - OVER KILL MOTORSPORTS BECOMES SVRA’S OFFICIAL PADDOCK SUPPLIER

 

Agreement Ensures Easy Access To Paddock Essentials For Teams, Sponsors

Southlake, TX (February 7, 2019) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Over Kill Motorsports is now the official paddock supplier of SVRA. The company is a leading provider to the motorsports community offering the latest and best in motorsports products.

“SVRA takes a lot of pride in partnering with world-class companies as our sponsors, and Over Kill is a fantastic example,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “We also like connecting our car owners with excellent vendors who have what they need when they need it.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 2, Posted 12:56 PM, 02.07.2019

SVRA - JRi SHOCKS BECOMES THE OFFICIAL SHOCK OF SVRA

 

Agreement Strengthens SVRA Relationship With NASCAR Legend Ray Evernham

Southlake, TX (November 28, 2018) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that JRi Shocks is now the official shock absorber of SVRA. The company was recently acquired by NASCAR Hall of Fame crew chief and SVRA competitor Ray Evernham. 

“Bringing JRi on board with us is extra special not just because they are a great, well-established company, but also it’s another opportunity to work with Ray,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “He is a car set-up genius and is an expert in damper technology.  We want to be a part of his progress as he takes JRi to new heights of success.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 9:12 AM, 11.28.2018

SVRA - MIKE SKINNER TO BECOME SVRA REGULAR IN 2019

 

NASCAR Champion Plans Complete VROC Series, Three Other SVRA Weekends

Southlake, TX (December 18, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), in collaboration with the ATF & Gunslinger race team, announced today that NASCAR Truck Series champion Mike Skinner will compete in at least six SVRA race meets in 2019. With Andrew Franzone, Skinner leads ATF & Gunslinger. The NASCAR star will enter a 1966 Corvette in SVRA’s new Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am series, as well as race his three Truck Series racers in Group 10 races. The race team also has Skinner’s sons, Jamie and Dustin, in leadership positions.

The VROC races will take place at Road Atlanta, Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), and Virginia International Raceway (VIR). Skinner will also compete at three other stops on the SVRA schedule, events at Sebring, Lime Rock Park, and COTA. SVRA is also welcoming Skinner to make exhibition runs with his aero-engineered, “tricked out,” carbon-fiber Skinner Special Toyota Truck he drove at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (FOS) last June.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 10:11 AM, 12.19.2018

SVRA - SVRA ANNOUNCES VINTAGE RACE OF CHAMPIONS (VROC) FOR 2019

 

VROC Championship Includes Charity Pro-Am Races at IMS, VIR, and Road Atlanta

Southlake, TX (November 29, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that it would present a championship points series it calls the Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) in 2019.  VROC builds on the success of the SVRA Charity Pro-Am races that began at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014. Virginia International Raceway (VIR) hosted a second pro-am this past September. A new pro-am will be presented at the March 28-31 Road Atlanta weekend, making for a three-race series. Plans call for two championship trophies to be awarded – one for both an amateur and a professional racer.

All three races will benefit charity. The new Road Atlanta Charity Pro-Am will support Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit organization that provides assistance to combat-wounded service members, their families, and families of those killed in action. The organization focuses on those involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and their families. The SVRA race weekend will run during their Month of the Military Child.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 11:02 AM, 11.29.2018

SVRA - SVRA TO HOST MOTORSPORTS REUNIONS THROUGHOUT 2019 SEASON

 

Free Entry For Participating Car Owners    

Southlake, TX (November 1, 2018) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced it would present motorsports reunions to celebrate iconic marques throughout the 2019 season. The idea was tested with a Corvair reunion at the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) weekend in September with outstanding results. The VIR event saw the largest number of racing Corvairs ever appearing at a single venue, and attracted new car owners to SVRA. VIR drew a record number of ticket-purchasing fans and automobile enthusiasts for its SVRA event. While motorsports reunions have traditionally been annual gatherings at single venues, SVRA is breaking new ground by showcasing such celebrations from coast-to-coast through the national platform of its 2019 schedule.

“Our vision since my first year with SVRA in 2012 was to move our sport from its dependency on entry fees as our primary revenue stream to focus on ticket sales and sponsorships,” said Tony Parella, SVRA president and CEO. “We have not raised the price of entry fees since 2012 while steadily growing our sponsors and the front gate.  SVRA is moving into the realm of mainstream motorsports and this new program is more evidence of that.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 9:41 AM, 11.01.2018

SVRA - FORMULA EXPERIENCES BECOMES OFFICIAL DRIVING SCHOOL OF SVRA

 

VIR-Based School Becomes The New Fast Track To SVRA Competition & Super Licenses  

Southlake, TX (October 9, 2018) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that Formula Experiences is now the “Official Driving School of SVRA.” Formula Experiences is based at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) and provides experiential instruction and driving experiences for novices to advanced race drivers seeking licenses as well as corporations that want to offer unforgettable and thrilling experiences for their clients and employees.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 10:51 AM, 10.09.2018

SVRA - Historic Courses Complete 13-Race Weekend Schedule

WEATHERTECH RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA, LIME ROCK PARK

 ADDED TO SVRA SCHEDULE IN 2019  

 

Southlake, TX (October 23, 2018) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today revealed its 2019 racing schedule which includes the additions of two of America’s most revered road courses, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and Lime Rock Park. America’s premier vintage racing series gets into full swing for its 41st year in February with the annual Sebring Vintage Classic weekend and closes with the seventh Golden Bell Helmet U.S. Vintage National Championships at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in October.

“The addition of these two iconic courses to our schedule is the culmination of years of building and then strengthening our national racing platform,” said Tony Parella, SVRA president and CEO. “These are venues where racers and race fans feel the heart and soul of American road racing. Lime Rock Park lives the history of our sport every day. As for WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, all of us at SVRA see that as the crown jewel of California road courses.”

 

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 9:29 AM, 10.23.2018

SVRA - NASCAR’S TODD BODINE ENTERS SVRA CHARITY PRO-AM AT VIR

 

Bodine Is Fourth Truck Series Champ In A Field Of NASCAR Stars

Southlake, TX (September 13, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that Todd Bodine, champion of the NASCAR Truck Series in 2006 and 2010 and Fox Sports analyst, will be in the starting lineup for the “American Racing Legends Charity Pro-Am Presented By RACER Magazine.” The race will take place at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) on September 22.

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 9:45 AM, 09.13.2018

SVRA - GREG BIFFLE IS LATEST NASCAR STAR IN SVRA CHARITY PRO-AM AT VIR

 

2002 Busch Series Champ Adds More Star Power To A Field Steeped In Talent

Southlake, TX (September 11, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that 2002 NASCAR Busch Series Champion Greg Biffle has signed on to compete in the “American Racing Legends Charity Pro-Am Presented By RACER Magazine.” The race will take place at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) on September 22.

Biffle will face an impressive field that includes NASCAR Cup Champions Bill Elliott and Bobby Labonte as well as Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton and his son Jeb. The depth of talent in the entry list is IROC-worthy with Truck series champions Ron Hornaday Jr. and Mike Skinner, road course “ringers” Boris Said, Dorsey Schroeder, and Ron Fellows along with Wally Dallenbach, Jr., all ready to rumble. Even more star power will come from two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser, Jr. and two other Indy 500 veterans, Willy T. Ribbs and Max Papis. Those three open-wheel stars all have NASCAR credentials and are master road racers.

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 10:39 AM, 09.11.2018

SVRA - BENSON LATEST NASCAR CHAMPION IN SVRA CHARITY PRO-AM

 

Johnny Benson, Jr. Joins Six Other NASCAR Champions In Race At VIR

Southlake, TX (September 18, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that Johnny Benson, Jr., who won championships in the Busch (now Xfinity) series and Camping World Trucks has entered the September 22 “American Racing Legends Charity Pro-Am Presented By RACER Magazine” at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). Six other drivers who will join him boast NASCAR Champion credentials, including Bill Elliott, Bobby Labonte, Greg Biffle, Ron Hornaday, Mike Skinner and Todd Bodine. Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton and his son, Jeb, are also entered.

“This starting lineup will be packed with talent,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “Our focus is NASCAR, but we have champions from an array of disciplines. What’s more, the level of accessibility fans will have to these racing heroes will be unprecedented with autograph sessions, a pit walk, and lots of time for pictures.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 9:44 AM, 09.18.2018

SVRA - SAID, FELLOWS, SCHROEDER SET FOR SVRA CHARITY PRO-AM AT VIR

 

Road Course “Ringers” Return To Challenge NASCAR Stars

Southlake, TX (August 21, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that three more champion drivers, Boris Said, Ron Fellows, and Dorsey Schroeder have entered the “American Racing Legends Charity Pro-Am Presented By RACER Magazine” at Virginia International Raceway September 22. All three scored significant race wins and championships in their careers but were also highly acclaimed as road racing “ringers” in NASCAR competition as teams seeking an advantage on road courses secured their services. 

“Boris, Ron, and Dorsey are tremendous road racing talents and their records speak for themselves,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “Those were exciting days when the NASCAR teams signed on road racing ‘ringers’ to get the upper hand. We have three of the best in the business right here.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 8, Posted 1:24 PM, 08.21.2018

SVRA - BURTON FAMILY SIGNS ON TO SVRA CHARITY RACE

 

Daytona 500 Champion Ward Burton Is Joined By Son Jeb For VIR Weekend

Southlake, TX (August 16, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that two members of the famous Burton racing family, Daytona 500 Champion Ward Burton, and his son, Jeb, are the latest entries in the “American Racing Legends Charity Pro-Am Presented By RACER Magazine.” The new pro-am race will take place at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) on September 22. The Burtons join a growing list of NASCAR stars that have announced they will compete. Among those already entered are NASCAR Cup Champions Bill Elliott and Bobby Labonte as well as Mike Skinner and Wally Dallenbach Jr.

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Volume 2018, Issue 8, Posted 9:19 AM, 08.16.2018

SVRA - WALLY DALLENBACH JR., MIKE SKINNER TO RACE FOR CHARITY WITH SVRA

 

Champion Drivers Join Growing Field For VIR Weekend

Southlake, TX (August 14, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that two more champion drivers with great NASCAR credentials have entered the “American Racing Legends Charity Pro-Am Presented By RACER Magazine.” The new pro-am race will take place at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) on September 22. Skinner and Dallenbach join NASCAR Cup Champions Bill Elliott and Bobby Labonte who announced their entries in the race last week.

“After all our success with the original SVRA charity pro-am at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it is exciting to pull together a second one featuring NASCAR veterans,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “Wally and Mike are exemplary figures in motorsports. SVRA is proud to be associated with these fine men.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 8, Posted 1:56 PM, 08.14.2018

SVRA - BOBBY LABONTE, BILL ELLIOTT TO RACE FOR CHARITY WITH SVRA

Southlake, TX (August 7, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that two of the biggest names from NASCAR history have entered a new Pro-Am race at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) on September 22. NASCAR Cup champion Bill Elliott, who has raced with SVRA on several occasions, will be joined by 2000 NASCAR Cup champion Bobby Labonte in the “American Racing Legends Charity Pro-Am Presented By RACER Magazine.”

The new Pro-Am for NASCAR legends builds on the successful momentum of the “Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am Presented By RACER Magazine.” That event has been held annually since 2014 during SVRA’s Brickyard Invitational weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in June.

 

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Volume 2018, Issue 8, Posted 10:46 AM, 08.07.2018

SVRA - INDY 500 STARS TO TACKLE NASCAR CHAMPS IN SVRA CHARITY PRO-AM

 

Unser, Papis, Ribbs Confirmed for September 22 Race At VIR

Southlake, TX (August 28, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that three star open-wheel race drivers, Al Unser, Jr., Willy T. Ribbs, and Max Papis have entered the “American Racing Legends Charity Pro-Am Presented By RACER Magazine” at the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) September 22. All three versatile drivers are Indy 500 veterans and have NASCAR competition on their resumes. The three drivers join a field loaded with NASCAR veterans, including Cup Champions Bill Elliott, and Bobby Labonte, as well as Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton, Mike Skinner and road course specialists such as Ron Fellows, Boris Said, and Dorsey Schroeder.

“Al, Willy, and Max are great friends and well acquainted with SVRA racing,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “All three of these champions have been on the podium of our Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am race and all have NASCAR credentials. Having them with us gives our event a wonderful IROC feel.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 8, Posted 9:39 AM, 08.28.2018

SVRA - SVRA TO JOIN TRANS AM AT LIME ROCK PARK IN 2019

 

Memorial Day Weekend Event To Mark SVRA’s First Appearance At Historic Venue

Southlake, TX (July 27, 2018) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that it will bring America’s premier vintage racing series to Lime Rock Park for the first time ever. The Trans Am Series Presented By Pirelli will also join SVRA over the 2019 Memorial Day Weekend. The announcement was made at Lime Rock Park today, July 27.

“Racing at Lime Rock Park during Memorial Day Weekend is a tradition,” said Skip Barber, Lime Rock Park President. “We look forward to carrying on that tradition in 2019 with classic sports car racing.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 11:59 AM, 07.30.2018

SVRA - GEOFF BRABHAM PORTLAND VINTAGE RACING FESTIVAL GRAND MARSHAL

 

Legendary Driver Returns With SVRA To Scene Of IMSA Success

Southlake, TX (June 29, 2018) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that legendary Le Mans 24 champion and IndyCar veteran Geoff Brabham will serve as grand marshal for their July 26-29 Vintage Racing Festival at Portland International Raceway (PIR). The 12-turn, 1.967-mile road course was the setting for Brabham’s 1988 IMSA race win, his sixth of seven consecutive victories that year that netted him America’s most coveted sports car championship. PIR also holds a special memory for Brabham, when he made his only start for Penske Racing in the 1989 IndyCar race.

“Geoff and his family are an important part of SVRA,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “His active participation as a driver in our Brickyard Invitational Indy Legends Pro-Am and even race victories at other events on our nationwide schedule is a genuine asset to the growth we have experienced.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 10:48 AM, 06.29.2018

SVRA - MATT BRABHAM JOINS FATHER GEOFF IN INDY LEGENDS PRO-AM FIELD

 

“Father’s Day Classic” Pro-Am Has Three Father-Son Combinations

Southlake, TX (June 12, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Matt Brabham will join his father Geoff in the June 16 Indy Legends Pro-Am at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The SVRA “Father’s Day Classic” has attracted two other father-son combinations to a stellar field of racers. Others include Bob and Jaques Lazier as well as Velocity TV personalities Peter and Gary Klutt from their show, “Legendary Motor Car.”

“Matthew is one of those extremely talented racers who deserves a full-time, top-tier professional racing opportunity,” said Tony Parella, the CEO of SVRA. “He has more than proven himself as a champion in development series and we are honored that our event can help keep this young Indy 500 veteran’s name in the conversation.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 11:27 AM, 06.12.2018

SVRA - RON FELLOWS JOINS INDY LEGENDS CHARITY PRO-AM FIELD

 

Promoter’s Option Keeps Brickyard Invitational Event Fresh

Southlake, TX (June 5, 2018) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Canadian superstar driver Ron Fellows will join the field as a second promoter’s option for the June 16 fifth annual Indy Legends Pro-Am at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The other promoter’s option entry is NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, whose entry with legendary crew chief Ray Evernham as co-driver was filed several weeks ago.

“This event has been a tremendous success for us, but I’m looking to keep it fresh,” said Tony Parella, the CEO of SVRA. “We’ll always focus on Indy 500 veterans, but there are a lot of tremendous drivers like Ron who never had the opportunity to compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in high profile competition. I believe we can give this event an International Race of Champions (IROC) feel.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 9:53 AM, 06.05.2018

SVRA - SVRA INDY LEGENDS CHARITY PRO-AM FIELD IS SET

 

RACER Magazine Announces Event Sponsorship, Paul Tracy Pulls Double-Duty

Southlake, TX (June 13, 2018) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that the field is set for the June 16 fifth annual Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am Presented by RACER Magazine at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This year’s June 14-17 Brickyard Invitational has attracted an elite gathering of top drivers, including champions of the Indianapolis 500, IndyCar, NASCAR, Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona, Trans Am, 12 Hours of Sebring, and classic short track racing with sprint cars and midgets.

“Our fifth running of the Pro-Am promises to be the best yet,” said Tony Parella, the CEO of SVRA. “With our promoter’s option entries it has an IROC feel to it, and I think it is very fitting that we announce a new sponsorship with our friends at RACER Magazine.”

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“RACER has followed the Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am with keen interest and reported on it both at RACER.com and the magazine since its inception in 2014,” said Paul Pfanner, founder, CEO, and executive publisher at RACER Magazine. “Tony and his SVRA team have created a vintage race that has become a part of the mainstream motorsports conversation. We’re proud that it is now called, the Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am Presented by Racer Magazine.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 10:20 AM, 06.13.2018

SVRA - RACER to present “Indy Legends” Charity Pro-Am

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - June 11, 2018 - Things in the world of motorsports are, to be honest, less than spectacular. However, there is one organization that is, frankly outshining all others.

The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, the SVRA, is growing by leaps and bounds. This weekend’s Brickyard Invitational will take place at the World’s Greatest Race Course, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Literally hundreds of race cars and drivers will be at IMS for this amazing event that will run on both the road course and historic oval.

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Volume 2018, Issue 6, Posted 12:16 PM, 06.11.2018

SVRA - GEOFF BRABHAM HEADS THREE NEW BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL ENTRIES

 

Tom Bagley And Scott Harrington Also Enter June 16 Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am At IMS

Southlake, TX (May 31, 2018) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Geoff Brabham, Scott Harrington, and Tom Bagley are returning to race in this year’s Fathers’ Day Weekend Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The field of Indianapolis 500 veterans for the June 16 race is nearly complete.

“This will be our fifth running of the Pro-Am and interest remains extremely strong,” said Tony Parella, the CEO of SVRA. “We are honored to have all these drivers return to this very special event. In particular, Geoff Brabham has enjoyed SVRA success. In addition to three impressive runs in the Indy Legends Pro-Am, he has scored several open-wheel wins with Ron Hornig’s 1971 Brabham BT-35 at both IMS and COTA. ”

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 7:52 AM, 05.31.2018

SVRA - LYN ST. JAMES AND SARAH FISHER JOIN BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL FIELD

 

Fisher Is Defending Champion, St. James Prepares For Fifth Indy Legends Pro-Am

Southlake, TX (May 29, 2018) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Lyn St. James and Sarah Fisher are returning to race in this year’s Fathers’ Day Weekend Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fisher won the A-Production class of the contest last year, and St. James prepares for her fifth Pro-Am on June 16.

“Both Lyn and Sarah are household names for racing fans, and it’s well deserved,” said Tony Parella, the CEO of SVRA. “Lyn has been an important supporter of SVRA, and I think Sarah really enjoyed herself last year, winning on her first try.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 4:53 PM, 05.29.2018

SVRA - BOBBY UNSER NAMED BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL CHIEF STEWARD

 

“Uncle” Bobby Unser Returns to IMS For SVRA’s June 14-17 Speed Festival

Southlake, TX (May 24, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced one of the greatest icons in the history of motor racing will serve as Honorary Chief Steward for its Father’s Day weekend (June 14-17) Brickyard Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).  Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby Unser will return to the scene of his most legendary triumphs from a sterling career.

“All of us at SVRA understand what Bobby Unser means to race fans,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “We are honored by Bobby’s continued support of SVRA and appreciate that all the Unser family have been a part of building this event.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 9:45 AM, 05.24.2018

SVRA - JOHNNY RUTHERFORD NAMED BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL GRAND MARSHAL

 

Three-Time Indy 500 Winner Returning To IMS For June 14-17 SVRA Event

Southlake, TX (May 22, 2018) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford has accepted the role of Grand Marshal for the June 14-17 Brickyard Invitational. Rutherford is the latest in a long list of Indianapolis 500 winners and Indy car champions to appear at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Fathers’ Day weekend event. Rutherford served as Grand Marshal for the SVRA’s U.S. Vintage Racing National Championships for the golden Bell Racing National Champions Helmet trophy at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) last November.

“All of us at SVRA are honored to have Johnny as our Grand Marshal at the Brickyard,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “The fans there know him well for his brilliant drives for McLaren and the Chaparral Yellow Submarine. It’s an honor to work with such an icon and ambassador for our sport.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 12:45 PM, 05.22.2018

SVRA - SHORT TRACK STARS JOIN BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL AT IMS


Southlake, TX (May 17, 2018) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that four short track stars will again compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Father’s Day weekend Brickyard Invitational, June 14-17. Davey Hamilton, Johnny Parsons Jr., Jimmy Kite, and Donnie Beechler – all veterans of the Indianapolis 500 - will be on the gird at the Brickyard for the fifth running of the Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am on June 16.

“Short track racers have a special place in my heart,” said SVRA President & CEO Tony Parella.  “As a young man, I raced at dirt tracks like Weedsport, Rolling Wheels, and Canandaigua Speedway. Short track racers have a deserved reputation for car control and driving with the throttle.  With these guys, you have four of the best.”

Parsons, the son of 1950 Indianapolis 500 winner Johnnie Parsons, earned great success in his own right with 12 Indianapolis 500 starts and best finishes of fifth in 1977 and 1985. He is a highly decorated sprint and midget driver and was voted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1994. He has raced in all Brickyard Invitational Pro-Am races.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 9:56 AM, 05.17.2018

SVRA - ELLIOTT, EVERNHAM SET FOR FIFTH BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL

 

NASCAR Champs Ready For Third Try For Victory At June 16 Indy Legends Pro-Am

Southlake, TX (May 15, 2018) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that NASCAR champions Bill Elliott and Ray Evernham are once again entered as co-drivers of a special promoter’s option entry in the fifth annual Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) on June 16. The two first entered the Fathers’ Day Weekend Saturday feature race in 2016 and finished on the podium last year. Elliott won the 2002 Brickyard 400 at IMS in dominating fashion in an Evernham-prepared Dodge.

“Both Ray and Bill have been tremendous friends to SVRA,” said Tony Parella, the CEO of SVRA. “Ray is well-known as an advocate for historic car restoration, collection, and, of course, vintage racing. I feel very fortunate to have them join us.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 6:45 AM, 05.15.2018

SVRA - DICK SIMON TO DRIVE FINAL RACE AT BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL

 

Popular Driver Back For His Fifth And Final Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am At IMS On June 16

Southlake, TX (May 8, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that popular Indy 500 veteran Dick Simon has decided to make this year’s Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) his final race as a driver. Simon, 84, has driven in every Brickyard Invitational since the 2014 inaugural event. The Pro-Am is the Saturday, June 16 feature event of the Brickyard Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“The Brickyard Invitational has given me a chance to extend my career in a very enjoyable way,” said Simon. “It’s always special to come back to Indy and this racing has brought me a ton of fun. I am delighted my final turn at the wheel during competition will come at the Speedway. This announcement gives me a chance to let fans know my decision in advance.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 9:24 AM, 05.08.2018