Southlake, TX (October 22, 2012) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) President & CEO Tony Parella announced that Roger Linton, long time SVRA member, has been named as the organiza-tion’s new Technical Director. “I’m pleased to have Roger as part of the SVRA team and am confident that his breadth of experience and knowledge will be invaluable to us as we move forward,” said Parella.
As the son of post-war racing legend and pioneer foreign car dealer, Otto Linton, Roger grew up with OSCA’s and Elva’s being prepped in the family’s garage for the early Nassau and Sebring races. In ad-dition to being a long time member of SVRA’s Safety & Technical team and an experienced mechanic, Linton has prepared numerous SCCA race cars and has been involved in the restoration of several his-toric Vintage race cars.
In his role as Technical Director, Linton will be tasked with reviewing, developing and communicating the rules for all the cars and classes that compete in SVRA events. He, along with Competition Director, Ray Snowdon, will also develop and implement the simplified rules enforcement policies and procedures mentioned in Parella’s earlier “State of SVRA” message. Roger commented, “It’s a real honor to have been selected for this position and look forward to working with our competitors and the rest of the SVRA team throughout the upcoming season.”
About the SVRA: Founded in 1978, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (originally called the Southeast Vintage Racing Association) has conducted Vintage Racing events at legendary tracks in the East and Southeast area of the country, including Watkins Glen International, Sebring International Raceway, Virginia International Raceway, and the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course.
Acquired by Texas businessman and Vintage Racer, Tony Parella, in September 2012, the organization has embarked on an aggressive program to bring the sport of Vintage Racing to a new level of profes-sionalism and prominence. Among key elements of this program are; the acquisition of the West Coast Vintage organization, Historic Sportscar Racing–West (HSR-West), the announcement of a set of simpli-fied set of rules enforcement procedures, and an expansion of both its East and West Coast race sched-ules for 2013. Additionally, the emergence of SVRA as Vintage Racing’s only national organization will give competitors an unrivaled opportunity to experience events on both coasts, as well as Vintage Rac-ing’s first ever National Championship.