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.”
Skip Barber Racing School has developed more winning racers than any other school in North America. Alumni have taken the podium in all facets of motorsports, including NASCAR, IndyCar, SCCA, SRO World Challenge, USAC, and IMSA. A full third of the drivers in the Indianapolis 500 starting field for the last 30 years have earned their licenses through Skip Barber. The list of champions at the sport’s top levels includes Juan Pablo Montoya, Josef Newgarden, Danica Patrick, A.J. Allmendinger, Jeff Gordon, Colton Herta, and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
“We are excited to join SVRA in our missions to support racers and offer world-class instruction to all experience levels,” said Anthony DeMonte, CEO of SBRS. “With a rich racing legacy to match the iconic cars competing in SVRA, SBRS offers multiple ways to serve SVRA members’ needs, whether it is with a racing school license, progressive customer racing series, or a custom corporate event.”
Skip Barber Racing School joins other top-brand companies on the growing list of SVRA partners. Among them are Jaguar, Land Rover, NetJets, Sunoco, Avis, Mazda Motorsports, Big Machine Vodka, Remington, TireRack.com, RACELOGIC, Cook Wealth Management, and Marathon Coach. SVRA’s nationwide platform is at the heart of the organization’s growth strategy. Sponsorship agreements with powerful brands are combined with the significant participation of legendary professional drivers and the high net worth demographic in the paddock for sponsorship attraction. This strategy provides three pillars for business expansion. Company officials report consistent annual triple-digit growth since 2012.
About Skip Barber Racing School: The Skip Barber Racing School conducts racing schools, defensive/professional driving programs, advanced driving schools, and corporate team building events at historic road racing tracks across the country, including Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT, Laguna Seca in Salinas, CA, New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ, Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA, Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison, IL, Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, FL, Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Since 1975, Skip Barber Racing School has over 350,000 alumni, featuring podium finishes in every series in professional motorsports. Skip Barber Racing School graduates make up over one-third of all Indianapolis 500 drivers and one in four NASCAR competitors. SBRS operates the historic Skip Barber Race Series and campaigns the Skip Barber Race team in conjunction with Honda Performance Development.
About SVRA: Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (“SVRA”) is the premier vintage racing organization in the United States. Founded in 1978, SVRA has grown steadily to 2,500 active members with a database of over 11,000 race cars. Race weekends take place at some of the finest racing venues in the United States, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Lime Rock Park, Sebring Raceway, Road America, Watkins Glen International, Road Atlanta, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Portland International Raceway, Auto Club Speedway, and Virginia International Raceway (VIR). In 2013, SVRA hosted the first U.S. Vintage Racing National Championships at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas—a tradition it continues today. Further information on SVRA, a complete annual schedule, and entry lists can be found on the SVRA website. Be sure to check our Facebook page and YouTube channel, which currently boast a library of over 300 action-packed event videos, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.