Southlake, Texas (October 10, 2012) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and Virginia International Raceway (VIR) have announced an agreement naming SVRA as the sanctioning body for VIR’s hallmark Vintage Racing event, The Gold Cup, in 2013. Conducted in early October, the Gold Cup has become one of the most prestigious and well-attended Vintage Racing events in the United States.
Connie Nyholm, VIR’s Managing Partner and Co-Owner said, “We are extremely pleased to have partnered with SVRA. With their involvement in the Gold Cup, we will enhance the event while adding stature to VIR as one of the premier venues for Vintage Racing in the United States.”
“SVRA is honored to have been selected by VIR to conduct this event. We also feel the five year term of this agreement speaks well to VIR’s belief in our commitment to change the face of Vintage Racing in the U.S.”, said SVRA President and CEO, Tony Parella.
The Gold Cup will be the final event of SVRA’s expanded 2013 East Coast schedule as well its Eastern Regional Vintage Championship. The complete schedule of events for 2013 is expected to be released within the next two weeks.
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, 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 professionalism and prominence. Among key elements of this program are; the recent acquisition of the West Coast Vintage organization, Historic Sportscar Racing – West (HSR-West), the announcement of a set of simplified set of rules enforcement procedures, and an expansion of both its East and West Coast race schedules for 2013.
About VIR: Originally opened in 1957 (and subsequently closed in 1974); Virginia International Raceway was reopened and dramatically refurbished in 2000 as America’s Motorsport Resort. This multifaceted facility, located near Danville VA, now includes multiple lodging and dining options, on site corporate team building activities. the Oak Tree Spa, the VIR Kart Track, and a growing industrial park. VIR has played host to numerous amateur and professional racing events including the Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Information on Virginia International can be found at, www.virnow.com.